Children's Book Bank
Guided by our mission to advance child literacy, encourage family bonding, and ignite curiosity through the power of books, The Children’s Book Bank envisions a community where all children have the opportunity to succeed as future readers and learners.
Bottom Line for Portland
Since 2008, CBB has mobilized the Portland community to give more than 1,000,000 beautiful books to nearly 100,000 children experiencing poverty. In order to re-purpose 125,000 new and gently-used children’s books each year, CBB typically engages ~3,500 volunteers to thoughtfully receive, clean, restore, sort, bundle and deliver community-donated books to 8,500 families that need them. Through our two core programs, we partner with early childhood organizations and Title One elementary schools to reach young children who can benefit from free, age-appropriate collections of quality, inclusive books to keep as their own.
“I want you to know how much I value our partnership with The Children's Book Bank. Because of you we know many of our families have more books in their houses, and now more than ever appreciate their value!”- Ericka Guynes, Principal, Earl Boyles Elementary School
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Throughout our work, CBB’s program manager focuses on fostering close relationships with our partners and schools to inform programs and respond to our population’s needs and suggestions. Through the A Story Like Mine Initiative we aim to avoid books that perpetuate discrimination and bias, while seeking those that celebrate inclusive representation. Our Children’s Literacy Committee is populated by representatives from partner organizations, schools, libraries and parents of those we serve to help inform our book selection strategy. And, CBB continuously strives to ensure diverse representation among its Board, Ambassador Board, staff and volunteers and is focused on diversity, equity and inclusion work throughout every level of the organization. CBB has an internal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee that is responsible for guiding and monitoring our success and progress on an ongoing basis. Understanding that the DEI process is a journey, our team utilizes Meyer Memorial Trust’s DEI Spectrum Tool in order to track progress and identify potential areas on which to focus and make improvements. The CBB staff, board and leadership engage in regular DEI meetings, trainings and events and are deeply committed to advancing equitable practices across every level of the organization.
The first $10,000 in donations will be matched by Megan Jumago-Simpson with Keller Williams Realty