Bazillion Book Drive Introducing Project to Local Churches

Here is some information your District Bazillion Book Drive Team can use to connect local churches to this project.

OVERVIEW INVITATION

Send to all congregations and District leaders in February. Edit so that it best fits your District’s context.

Your congregation is invited to join other North Alabama United Methodist congregations to collect a bazillion new children’s books!

The Bazillion Book Drive will be our 2016 Annual Conference mission project. This project was conceived by the North Alabama Conference Ministry with the Poor Operational Team as a way to allow each congregation to make a difference in the lives of children in their community—not just during the three days of Annual Conference, but year round!

The goal is for churches in our District to work together to collect as many new children’s books for children 3rd grade and younger as we can. The books will be distributed to agencies, churches and other groups in our area that work with children who are in under-resourced communities or who are living below the poverty line.

This project will be different than previous Annual Conference mission projects. Instead of filling the Von Braun Center in Huntsville full of new children’s books during Annual Conference in June, the plan is for our District to hold a Bazillion Book Big Event right here in our District this spring to sort the collected books, celebrate this collection, and distribute the books to the approved agencies and ministries in our area. 

We are focusing on collecting new books for children 3rd grade and younger because statistics tell us that children who are not reading at grade level by the 3rd grade have little chance of graduating from high school. Additionally, statistics tell us that 80% of children in under-resourced communities are not reading at grade level. 

Every child deserves a new book. We are excited about this opportunity to make a difference to under-resourced communities in the name of Jesus Christ. Stay tuned for more details as to how your congregation can participate!

 

RECRUITING LOCAL AGENCIES 

Send during late February and March as you are recruiting agencies to apply for books. 

Does you church have a ministry working with children 3rd grade and younger who are in under-resourced communities or who are living below the poverty line? Do you know of a nonprofit, school, library, daycare center or other organization in your area that serves under-resourced children? If so, invite the leaders of that ministry or organization to complete the online application to receive new books from the Bazillion Book Drive. The application is online at www.bazillionbookdrive.com. Our District Bazillion Book Team will vet applications from within our District. The new books our churches collect will be distributed to these organizations to make a difference in the lives of the children they serve. 

Every child deserves a new book!

 

BOOK COLLECTION PUSH 

Send prior to your District’s Drive dates

The congregations of the {District Name} are collecting a bazillion new books for children 3rd grade and younger in our area!

Invite members of your congregation to bring new children’s books to church during {time period}. As you collect the books, you can bring them to {drop-off location} or hold them to bring to our {District Big Event} on {date} at {place}

Share the Suggested Book List with your congregation to give them ideas of titles to purchase. This list has been compiled from suggestions from educators, reading specialists and agencies working with children in our Conference area.

If your congregation plans to take a financial offering to go toward this project, send the collected funds to the District office by {date}. We will use the funds to work with the Conference Bazillion Book Drive team to purchase book bundles of preferred titles.

Every child deserves a new book!

 

DISTRICT BIG EVENT

Send one month prior to your District’s Bazillion Book Big Event

{Date} will be a big day in the {District Name}. We are holding a Bazillion Book Big Event at {place} from {time}.

On that day congregations are invited to bring the new children’s books they have collected for children 3rd grade and younger. We will celebrate and sort the new books so they can be distributed to agencies in our area. 

There are a bazillion reasons why church members of all ages will want to attend this Big Event! The day will feature {mention the fun things – especially noting activates for children, featured storytellers or musicians, etc.}.

Most importantly, it will be a day all our United Methodists can take part in making a difference in the lives of under-resourced children. 

Every child deserves a new book!

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