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October 29, 2008

College to Community Book Drive Collects 5,000 Children's Books

Oct. 29, 2008
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College to Community Book Drive Collects 5,000 Children’s Books

Local Colleges and Universities Partner with United Way
Six area colleges including Albertus Magnus College, Gateway Community College, Quinnipiac University, Southern CT State University, University of New Haven and Yale University came together during United Ways Days of Caring 2008 to collect 5,000 children’s books which will be distributed to families across Greater New Haven through New Haven Reads and Read To Grow.

After leading the Yale University Days of Caring Book Drive for three years, Diane Turner, Associate University Librarian for Human Resources, Staff Training, and Security proposed expanding the drive to other local college campuses and agreed to chair this effort. In their first effort, the College to Community successfully reached their goal of 4,000 books. This year, Turner again chaired the six campus effort and surpassed last years collections by more than 1,000 books.

“We know that reading to our children is a critical part of early development and yet many families unfortunately lack access to books in our community. By working together to increase the number of books available for young people throughout Greater New Haven, colleges and universities showed that each seemingly small act of charity can benefit the lives of many. Classrooms as well as families that might not otherwise have the means to purchase new books can now enjoy all the benefits of reading as a result of this exciting partnership,” said Amy Townsley, community impact coordinator of United Way of Greater New Haven.
Our community can continue to make a difference. For further information on donating books or volunteer opportunities please visit our website at www.uwngh.org

About United Way:
United Way brings together the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. To do this we: help identify our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raise dollars and invest those dollars for results; connect people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.

More information about United Way of Greater New Haven's community leadership and how you can help can be found at www.uwgnh.org.
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