Thursday, October 29, 2015

Clean-Up Leads to Big Book Donation

Clean-up day did more than just clear out clutter on campus. Faculty members and division offices donated more than 850 used textbooks. Forty-eight cartons were collected and packaged by the Vol State Bookstore staff and sent to a group called Better World Books. They are a for-profit social venture company that supports literacy causes around the world. Social venture companies operate under a for-profit business model in which success is measured by the positive impact a company makes in addressing a specific social issue. In the case of Better World Books, that issue is literacy. The donated books are re-sold, primarily overseas, and funds are used to drive those programs. Since many of the books are faculty editions those sales are closely monitored. The funds collected from sales of the donated Follett books (They are the company that runs the Vol State Bookstore) are donated to The Thirst Project. The Thirst Project, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to communities around the globe. 

Faculty members can always donate used textbooks to Better World Books. There is a collection box in the Bookstore in Gallatin year-round.

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