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United Way of Southwest Michigan presents the ‘Spring Into Reading’ book drive coming this March 2019 in celebration of National Reading Month. In partnership with Berrien County Great Start Collaborative and Cass County Great Start Collaborative, United Way of Southwest Michigan seeks to collect 5,000 new and gently used books from March 1-21 for area children and young adults. This book drive will collect books to be distributed through area home visiting programs, tri-county head start, area shelters, strategic businesses, area food pantries and targeted agencies to get books in kid’s hands during summer months.

We will also use the books to add a ‘Read Up’ component to summer ‘Meet up, Eat Up’ sites in Berrien and Cass counties. “Meet Up, Eat Up’ sites are part of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) from the USDA, that ensures low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The population this program serves is one that can greatly benefit from sending books with them to their homes. One of the best ways to impact educational attainment for children in low income communities is to develop their reading skills. To develop those skills, children are encouraged to read at home, however many children living in poverty in the U.S. do not have access to books at their homes.


Berrien County

  • United Way of Southwest Michigan, 2015 Lakeview, St. Joseph

  • E.P. Clarke Elementary School, 515 East Glenlord Road, St. Joseph

  • Brown Elementary School, 2027 Brown School Road, St. Joseph

  • Lincoln Elementary School, 1102 Orchard Ave., St. Joseph

  • The Chapel, EFC, 4250 Washington Ave., St. Joseph

  • First Source Bank, 1600 Hilltop Road, St. Joseph

  • Honor Credit Union, All locations (St. Joe, Stevensville, Benton Harbor, Berrien Springs, Operation Center, Coloma, Niles)

  • Mid-West Family Broadcasting, 580 E Napier, Benton Harbor

  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), 401 8th Street, Benton Harbor

  • Mars Elementary School, 430 W Mars Street, Berrien Springs

  • Sylvester Elementary School, 101 Sylvester Ave., Berrien Springs

  • Coloma Intermediate School, 274 South West Street, Coloma

  • Coloma Elementary School, 262 South West Street, Coloma

  • Lakeland Health (Meadowbrook, Niles, St. Joseph, Watervliet, COPS & Watervliet Outpatient Rehab in Benton Harbor, St. Joe, Watervliet and Niles)

  • Midway Baptist Church, 7517 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet

  • First Source Bank, 306 E Main Street, Niles

  • Shelf Life - Community Bookstore , 223 N. 4th Street, Niles

  • Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union, 507 E Main Street, Niles

  • St. Joseph High School, 2521 Stadium Drive, St. Joseph

  • Northside Child Development Center, 2020 N. Fifth Street, Niles

  • Upton Middle School, 800 Maiden Lane, St. Joseph

Cass County

  • United Presbyterian Church, 209 E. State Street, Cassopolis

  • Lewis Cass ISD Administrative Building, 61682 Dailey Road, Cassopolis

  • Wolverine Mutual Insurance, 1 Wolverine Way, Dowagiac

  • Rock, Paper, Scissors, 68837 M-62 South, Edwardsburg

  • Edwardsburg Fitness Co., 69855 Rolen Drive, Edwardsburg

  • Marcellus Elementary School, 301 W Arbor Street, Marcellus

  • Honor Credit Union, 56337 M-51 S, Dowagiac

  • Sam Adams Elementary School, 101 S East Street, Cassopolis

  • Southwestern Michigan College, 58900 Cherry Grove Rd, Dowagiac

  • Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union, 1050 E. State St, Cassopolis

  • Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union, 68925 M-62, Suite A, Edwardsburg

  • Midwest Energy & Communications, 60590 Decatur Road, Cassopolis

  • First Source, 223 S Front St., Dowagiac

  • Bergman Veterinary Medical Center, 906 E. State St., Cassopolis

Books with a focus on diversity are greatly encouraged.

To get more info, email julee.laurent@uwsm.org.

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