Book Baskets is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to making gifts of new and lightly used books to children in the Charlottesville and Albemarle County area who do not have books of their own. We believe that an important way to promote a love of books and to encourage reading is to see that all children have at least a few books that belong to them. We also hope to “even the playing field” between area children academically by making sure each child has books of his/her own at home.
To this end we currently use volunteers to collect lightly used children’s books that are placed in wicker baskets in 15 Albemarle County elementary schools and 9 area private schools. Parents, students, and staff fill these baskets throughout the school year. We also mail out one fundraising letter each year, and use direct donations to purchase books through the Green Valley Book Fair, the Scholastic Literacy Partners Program, First Book and special promotions. We have also received grants from First Book, the Bama Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF), the Community Endowment Fund of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF), the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, and the Tzedakah Fund of Congregation Beth Israel.