"Our lives begin to end the day our we become silent about things that matter."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so you have to ask yourself: What are you doing today to help others? It’s what Dr. King himself believed was life’s most urgent question. And while it’s clear that our world in 2015 is still far from perfect, at Book Soup we recognize that change begins with our daily decisions, interactions, and routines. So what better way to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy than by finding a way to give back to your community? We’ve got some booklover-friendly ideas for those of you in the L.A. area to volunteer your services today and everyday.
1) Donate your old books: Downtown L.A.‘s The Last Bookstore is the largest remaining used bookstore in California and it runs Re-Book It, a free book donation pick-up service with service anywhere in L.A. County (and sometimes elsewhere in Southern California too). No book is ever thrown away and donations help local libraries, charities, hospitals and The Last Bookstore itself. Visit Re-Book It or The Last Bookstore online for more information.
2) Volunteer for 826LA: 826LA in Echo Park and Mar Vista is a nonprofit organization that provides after school tutoring and writing workshops to help support students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills. There’s need for a lot more than just teachers and tutors too, so to find out exactly what you can do check out their Volunteering 101.
3) Become an adult literacy tutor with Los Angeles Public Library: Not really a “kid person”? No problem. You can share your love of reading with an adult in need through the LAPL's adult literacy program. Note: This community service is available throughout all LAPL branches, so you're not excluded no matter where you live.