About The Book Fairies
Mission Statement: The Book Fairies collects reading materials for people in need throughout metropolitan New York. The reading materials foster literacy and academic success, provide a respite from personal struggles, and nurture a love of reading across age groups.
With 1 in 4 New Yorkers’ being identified as illiterate, The Book Fairies seeks to support the literacy efforts and aspirations of our community members most in need of assistance by developing strong community ties and increasing accessibility to reading materials to underprivileged individuals across metropolitan New York. Our services include collecting new and gently loved reading materials from individuals, local schools and community organizations and redistributing them via our Special Needs partnerships, to high-poverty schools and organizations whose lack of materials can stifle the growth of their members. Since 2012, The Book Fairies has donated over 2.7 Million books ranging in age from baby through adult in order to infuse these communities with the necessary reading materials to directly impact their high rates of illiteracy. What Covid-19 has proven, is that BOOKS are ESSENTIAL, especially for those who have been left in the dark without access to books prior to this crisis. In 2020 we distributed over 453,000 books and we will continue to work on leveling the field so access to books is not a barrier to achieving literacy.
About the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon
The Book Fairies ONCE UPON A READ-A-THON 2021, is a unique virtual fundraising event that will allow individuals of all ages to participate, at any level, in a month-long reading event in MAY. In addition to fundraising, we are promoting reading as we invite participants to read for 30 minutes each day of the month, if they would like.
During the month we have amazing guest authors that read their books and answer questions on Facebook live. We also have fun giveaways during the month as well. This year’s event already has about 20 incredible authors – children and adult – who will be participating.
There are several ways for you to be involved.
- Create a page or a team: click here to start https://www.classy.org/campaign/2021-read-a-thon/c321595
- Sponsorship: click here to see sponsorship opportunities https://thebookfairies.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/2021-Read-a-thon_-sponsorship_guide.pdf
- In-kind contributions: donate gift cards or items that we will use for a raffle/auction or offer as prizes to top readers or fundraisers.
- Employee engagement: rallying employees to create a fundraising team. The Book Fairies team will help you get started.
I hope we can count on your support to help us reach our $100,000 goal – that means YOU will be an important part of getting 300,000 books into the hands of kids in need this year!
Eileen Minogue is the Executive Director of The Book Fairies. She is a professional leader with experience in all aspects of business management, program administration, fund development and volunteer engagement. Eileen brings with her many years of professional experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors, most recently having been the Co-founder and Executive Director for Patient AirLift Services (PALS) a growing Long Island organization, building it from her basement to serving individuals both nationwide and internationally. In addition, she has been volunteering her time and talents to a number of other nonprofits for over twenty years including serving on the board of The Massapequa Community Fund, an organization that has provided direct local support since 2001. Eileen states, “I am incredibly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to work alongside so many talented and compassionate individuals and believe my commitment to literacy, the under-served and desire to level the playing field for all, will be a great match with the mission of The Book Fairies”.