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SLA Georgia Chapter Volunteer Event – Saturday, August 21st

The SLA Georgia Chapter will be helping Books for Africa sort, catalog, and pack up books that will be sent to Africa to support school libraries, orphanages, adult literacy programs and community centers. 

When: Saturday, August 21, 2010 from 12PM – 2PM 4422068247_036930ff73

Where: 2971 Olympic Industrial Drive, Suite C, Smyrna, GA 30080 US (Directions | Map)

Cost: Free! If you want to donate to Books for Africa you can donate directly from their website.

RSVP: Respond via Evite or email Casey Long at clong@agnesscott.edu. Let us know if you plan to drive yourself, need a ride, or can offer a ride to someone else.

About Books For Africa: Books for Africa was founded in 1988 by Tom Warth who worked with librarians and book publishers in Minneapolis to create a system for collecting discarded books from American schools, libraries, and publishers to send to Africa.  Books are donated by publishers, schools, libraries, individuals, and organizations and then sorted and packed by volunteers who carefully choose books that are age and subject appropriate. The books (between 18,000 -22,000 titles) are then shipped to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Africa that have the ability to pay for shipping costs (about $9,500), clear a container at port and distribute the books in the recipient country.  These organizations include: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Peace Corps, World Bank, Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, and many more. Donations can be made direct to a specific project from the Books for Africa website to help these organization pay for the shipping costs.

How This Charity Rates: Books for Africa received an exceptional rating from Charity Navigator for it's use of funds.  The Better Business Bureau, however, was unable to certify this charity due to inadequate information regarding it's participation in cause-related marketing and the use of funds from cause-related marketing campaigns. For more information check out the BBB Review.

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