What We Do
Promising Pages is a nonprofit organization that collects new and donated books and shares them with children living in the Charlotte Area Book Desert: those with few, if any, books at home. Our mission is to provide ownership of books to underserved children and cultivate a lifelong love of reading through innovative literacy programs and partnerships. Fueled by studies showing that children who can’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school, Promising Pages provides direct classroom programming and more than 190,000 free books annually, making us Charlotte’s largest and most efficient distributor of upcycled books aimed at addressing this critical – and solvable – community need.
Promising Pages envisions a world where all children have adequate reading materials at home, can see themselves reflected in the books they read, and have made reading a joyful habit for a lifetime.
IMPACT OF COVID-19 - SPECIFIC NEEDS:
When Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools closed in March, CMS asked Promising Pages to provide books to help students maintain their reading skills during their unexpected break from school. We distributed nearly 103,000 books between March 16 and July 31.
If you would like to get involved, please see below for ways to participate in our efforts.
What You Can Do (find out more in our virtual volunteer opportunities below!):
-Host an at-home book drive
-Write appreciation letters
Please visit https://promising-pages.org/volunteer-projects/ for more details. Thank you!