BookTini’s summer schedule is filled with social activities to help us soak up the sun. Our Coed Cocktails and Girlfriends Celebration events stand out in this season, but a few of our California chapters have also added community service and charitable donations to their summer to-do lists.
BookTini’s mission includes spreading the gift of literacy through charity, so we’re ecstatic about these summer endeavors.
In early August, Booktini - Uptown Oakland volunteered with the Prisoners’ Literacy Project (PLP) in Berkeley, CA. A non-profit with locations throughout the U.S., PLP relies on volunteers to donate books, sort through book requests from prisoners, and prep books for mailings to prisons to fulfill those requests. Led by Local Community Service Chair, Tiffany Black, who lists PLP as one of her favorite non-profits, Uptown Oakland chapter regularly supports this organization.
BookTini - Carson was on back to school duty in July when they pooled their resources to purchase school supplies to assist children in their community with preparation for the upcoming school year. The chapter donated backpacks full of school supplies to children they know, and to Orange County Social Services, who distributed them to children in need.
Led by Local Community Service chair, Linda Banks, the Oakland/East Bay chapter of BookTini donated 50+ books and three bags of hair care supplies for Black youth living at the Covenant House of California shelter in Oakland.
Covenant House provides housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness. Driven by the fact that hair and beauty donations rarely target the Black youth who frequent the shelter, Banks asked Oakland/East Bay members to give hair care products and encourage their invited guests to their Girlfriends Picnic to do so as well. Keeping with the literary aspect, members also donated books to be included in the Covenant House library open for youth to enjoy.
BookTini -Sacramento’s Summer Girls Book Club was back in full effect again this summer. In June, July, and August, the Sacramento chapter partnered up with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) Sacramento chapter to provide books, school supplies, and a book club vibe over three months for 50 girls in the area.
Led by National Community Service Chair, Toya Davis, the program gifted each participant with three books, a backpack featuring a girl that looked like them, and a swim party to end the summer. High school girls from NCBW’s Fostering Hope program led book discussions with the younger participants, and received volunteer credit and a stipend for their work.
“This was our third year for our Summer Girls Book Club,” said Davis. “By featuring Black authors, and discussions led by high school scholars, our girls look forward to the program every year."
Another amazing community service project in the books… literally.