Non-profit that raises money for local literacy programs receives major donations

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NORMAL, Ill. — A non-profit in Normal that holds semi-annual book sales to raise money for local literacy programs has received over $8,000.

Books to Benefit received $6,000 to STAR Adult Literacy and $2,000 to YouthBuild McLean County. The non-profit also received funding for a $500 scholarship for a nontraditional student at Heartland Community College this fall.

“Thanks to the generous support of our customers,” Books to Benefit President Michelle Klatt said. “Our June sale was very successful, allowing us to increase our gift to STAR by 50% over our gift in November 2018.”

Shelia Diaz of STAR added her thanks, stating, “The support of Books to Benefits and its customers is amazing. Their support helps us to be able to serve the needs of a variety of students who need to improve their reading or math skills or to learn English as a second language. Our learners come to us at many different levels and learning needs. This gift gives us the means to provide material targeted to the specific educational needs and goals of our adult learners.”

Tracey Polson of YouthBuild said, “Our partnership with Books to Benefit helps not only provide financial support to our literacy programs but it also serves as an example to our students on the power of community service and volunteerism. We are so thankful that this group exists and that we are part of a community that is so supportive in literacy activities.”

Books to Benefit is accepting donations of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs for its Nov. 7-10 sale. In-person donations may be made Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 360 Wylie Drive, Suite 700.

Dropboxes are available at Wylie Dr., the YWCA on Hershey, and the Wesley United Methodist Church on Front St. in Bloomington.

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