Starting this week, we’re beginning a new segment called Charity Spotlight where we introduce one of our Zealous Good partner organizations and the good that it does around its community. For this segment we’ll be focusing on a local Chicagoland non-profit organization called Bernie’s Book Bank that provides books for at-risk children in and around Chicago.
Named after long-time literacy promoter Dr. Bernard Floriani, Bernie’s Book Bank was founded by his son, Brian Floriani, a reading paraprofessional for Shiloh Park Elementary in Zion, IL. Realizing the importance of reading for children, Bernie’s Book Bank was born in December 2009 in Brian’s garage. Since then, Brian’s mission to increase child readership has seen huge growth with over 2.6 million books distributed among Chicagoland children between 2009 and today.
If you’re located in Chicago and are passionate about education or increasing child readership, head on over to their website to get involved in Bernie Book Bank’s incredible mission!
Kevin Jun is a 2014 summer marketing intern at Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Kevin on Google+ or Zealous Good on Facebook and Zealous Good on Twitter at @ZealousGood.