EAST LONGMEADOW, Massachusetts, July 6 - Link to Libraries, Inc., which has donated a half million new books to children in New England, just booked a donation of its own - a $15,000 grant from Newman's Own Foundation.
An all-volunteer nonprofit with no paid staff, Link to Libraries serves 25,000 children in 400 sites in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Newman's Own Foundation grant will fund the purchase and distribution of thousands of books in the coming months.
"Over 92 cents per dollar is used to buy books," said Susan Jaye-Kaplan, president and co-founder of
Link to Libraries, which is based in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. "Thanks to this generous grant from Newman's Own Foundation and our network of 209 volunteers, ranging in age from 5 to 81 years old, we're well positioned to deliver on our mission to to enhance the language and literacy skills of children of all cultural backgrounds."
Newman's Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman's Own food and beverage products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman's Own Foundation have given over $470 million to thousands of charities around the world.
Since its inception in 2008 Link to Libraries has donated nearly 500,000 new books, including over 75,000 this fiscal year, said Jaye-Kaplan.
About Link to Libraries
Link to Libraries offers programs for homeless youth, newborns, kindergarteners and children up to age 15. Books are often donated in seven languages and are multicultural to service the needs of the target audience. Approximately 97 percent of the children are on or eligible for free or reduced lunch programs and approximately 60 percent of the children who receive books from Link to Libraries have never owned a new book prior to their gift. The Link to Libraries Business Book Link program includes nearly 60 businesses and private individuals, who are matched with schools and nonprofit organization. Inclusion in the program requires three-year funding for new books, and business owners and their teams must engage in a mutually agreeable endeavor with their sponsored school.