About Us

MISSION:

Books for a Benefit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote a life-long appreciation for reading and intellectual exploration amongst students in Southeast Michigan by providing both books and reading spaces to support their academic pursuits; we aim to address community-identified barriers to academic resources in order to support equitable opportunities in education.

 

PURPOSE:

We want all students to have a fair opportunity in public education systems. We recognize the importance of reading, and we want to work with kids and their families to help them to utilize reading as a mechanism for success in all of their pursuits. We aim to:

  1. Empower students by giving them an opportunity to engage with books they truly enjoy in order to promote a life-long appreciation for reading.
  2. Address community-identified barriers in academic support to students in the community in order to enhance academic experience.
  3. Ensure students have access to physical spaces to do their work in order to thrive academically.

 

VALUES:

  • A mutualistic partnership that addresses community-identified needs
  • Cultural humility
  • Sustainability
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Community empowerment