Here is a timeline for your District Bazillion Book Drive Team to follow. You can adjust this timeline to best suit your District’s context. Just make sure you complete the project prior to Annual Conference 2016.
Identify people in your District who are passionate about literacy, education, or ministry with children. Invite them to be your District’s leadership team for this project. Who should be on the team? Here are some suggestions:
Start notifying local churches in your District about the Bazillion Book Drive. Get them excited about the project! See the Communication Helps page short blurbs, logos and graphics you can use. Remember to stress that we are collecting new books for children 3rd grade and younger. Make sure you include the Suggested Book List. This list has been compiled from suggestions from educators, reading specialists and agencies working with children in our Conference area.
Start a list of nonprofits, schools, libraries, daycare centers—any organization in your area that serves under-resourced children. Additionally, have your local churches identify ministry partners and local agencies that are working with under-resourced children and families. Invite each of these agencies to complete the online application to receive new books. See the Recruiting Agencies page for tips on recruiting agencies. Your District Team will be asked to vet the agency applications from within your District before an organization is approved to receive books.
The goal is to distribute new books now, not to collect and store them until Annual Conference! As soon as your District begins to collect new books and identify approved agencies in your area, you can begin to fulfill requests. This will take some organization on your part, so have a plan before you have a Bazillion Books in hand. If you need help developing your Logistics Plan or getting the books where they need to go contact Lori Feist, the Conference Logistics Coordinator for the Bazillion Book Drive.
Lori Feist—firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-910-2140
This is a project in which each of your local congregations can easily participate. Make a targeted push for a certain time period for the congregations in your District to collect new books. Churches can encourage members to bring new books to church activities. They can also invite their non-Methodist neighbors to bring new books to a designated drop-off site in the community. Visitwww.bazillionbookdrive.com for for a link to customizable flyers.
Congregations can also donate funds to be used to buy new books for your District to distribute. The Conference Bazillion Book Drive Team is seeking out publishers and booksellers who are willing to make donated dollars go far. For information about how to purchase books for your District contact: Rev. Sally Allocca—email@example.com or 205-836-3201
Each District is asked to have at least one Bazillion Book Big Event during which you gather collected new books, celebrate the collection and sort the books for distribution. This event should happen prior to Annual Conference 2016. The event should provide energy and excitement for the project and give all your District’s congregations a chance to participate. Your team can decide if your District does one Big Event and invites all the congregations to one place or if you hold several smaller events throughout your District in order to best grow participation from your congregations. See the Planning a Big Event page for ideas and tips for your District Big Event.
Put your event planning into action and hold your District’s Bazillion Book Big Event. Make the day fun and memorable – have music, storytime, children’s book characters or authors, etc. Find ways that congregations of all sizes and people of all ages can participate. Contact the Conference Director of Communication Danette Clifton prior to your Big Event to discuss options for working with local media to tell your Bazillion Book story to your local communities.
Danette Clifton— firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-226-7973
Each District is asked to provide videos, pictures and written stories to celebrate your efforts to the Conference Office of Communication. These media will be shared with the rest of the Conference through the Conference website, social media and email. They will also be used to create a time of celebration of the Bazillion Book Drive during Annual Conference 2016.
Our hope is that the Bazillion Book Drive will not be a finite project, but a way for local churches to start and build relationships in their communities that will encourage Ministry with the Poor. Now that your District has connected with agencies and under-resourced families, continue to explore other ways your congregations can make a difference in their lives in the name of Jesus Christ. For resources and mission training contact: Rev. Sally Allocca—email@example.com or 205-836-3201