Started in 2017, Goodwill’s Books for Kids program has given away 400,000+ free books in less than five years!
Free books from Goodwill can be found by local students in schools and free libraries throughout central and coastal Virginia. This partnership provides support to school systems with limited funding to expand school libraries or literacy programs. Research shows a strong correlation between access to books and academic success. Books for Kids by Goodwill supplies a reliable source of books to families in need and to teachers with limited budgets.
In 2018, The Goodwill Books for Kids program and Henrico County won the award for “best partnership” from the National Association of Counties. Goodwill is proud to be a community partner redirecting books into the community to increase literacy and enrichment in public schools.
Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia welcomes all local public schools to inquire about joining our free Books for Kids program. To find out more, please contact Tammy McCain in central Virginia or Roger Fournier in coastal Virginia.
- Books are pulled from excess donations stored at our Richmond or Hampton support facilities.
- Volunteers looking to select books for kids must make an appointment with our community engagement team first.
- Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, volunteers are limited to five people at one time.
- Books are free to regional public schools. Teachers and school librarians can use books for however best fits their students’ needs.
- Books are unsorted and stored by the hundreds! Many are brand new or in like-new condition.