Category Archives: Magazine Literacy Ambassadors

Use this note to harvest magazines for literacy from your friends and peers…

This brief email or social media note can be used to collect magazines for literacy.  Send it to your coworkers, fellow students, neighbors, friends and family.  Contact us to learn how to bundle the magazines for literacy programs:

Magazine Harvest…

I’d love to collect your “gently” read magazines and recycle them to at-risk kids, teens, and families.  The magazines can be dropped [fill in a location here… for example, “on or near my desk.”]  Any types of magazines are valuable.

They should be “good” or “very good” condition.  Very good is like new.  Good means no torn or cut covers or pages, not water or moisture damage, etc.
 I”ll remove paper or obscure ink mailing labels with a permanent marker (or you can do that too) to protect privacy and then I’ll cover the spot with a new “gift” label – rather than cutting or tearing the labels off.
The magazines will provide to MagazineLiteracy.org, which which focuses on meeting the literacy needs of at-risk kids, teens, adults, and families served by:
  • homeless shelters
  • homeless student programs
  • food pantries
  • domestic violence shelters
  • mentoring programs
  • job training programs
  • foster care
Thank you for being a Magazine Literacy Champion!

Getting a local or school project started for recycling magazines to new readers

Thank you Tiffany for helping organize this Getting Started article for our local teams. Join us to start recycling magazines in your town for new readers nationwide.  Here’s another article for those collecting magazines at home to donate.

The Magazine Recycling Process

Hello and welcome to MagazineLiteracy.org where magazines are our specialty and our mission is to change the world—one magazine at a time!  A brief overview of what we do:  We collect and donate new and gently used magazines to the various programs we work with to share the magazines we love and to support literacy:  domestic violence and homeless shelters; foster care, youth mentoring centers, etc.  In this article, you will read just what we expect from you to help us spread the joy of reading with thousands of families all around the world!

We say “…The process of recycling is easy as 1, 2 3!…” and we really do mean that!  The first step is to start collecting magazines.  This can happen at the local grocery or book store, at your school, club or business, or even in your own home or apartment building.

 The magazines we share with new readers should be in good or very good condition – clean, with no torn or cut covers or pages.

An important step is to remove any mailing labels, to protect personal information and to allow a more dignified experience for the new magazine owner.  Carefully remove paper labels and black out ink labels with a permanent black marker.  Then cover the spot with one of our “gift” labels.   Contact us to get some.   Simply place the “gift” label over the blacked out information or where the paper label once was.  Repeat this with every magazine.

Next, sort your magazines by age group and topic.  Once your bundle is ready, we’ll help get it posted where literacy programs can find it and request it.  Be in touch for more information about this step.

That’s it!  You have just helped a child, their family, or a few dozen children and their families experience the joy of reading!  What a wonderful feeling that is…I hope you found this article informative and if you have any problems or comments, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Tiffany

Introducing Max the Literacy Bee!

Max the Literacy Bee

Let's recycle magazines to new readers!

We are so thankful for the wonderful illustration work done by the very talented Aja Wells to bring Max to life to represent and promote our magazine recycling to new readers.

Aligning the planets for Magazine Literacy on (EARTH) Day

The sun is shining on recycling magazines to new readers.We are aligning the planets for our 2012 (EARTH) Day magazine recycling juggernaut – sharing magazines with new readers.
(MERCURY) – get the word out to friends
(VENUS) – share your love of magazines
(MARS) – marshal troops and treasure
(JUPITER) – go big!

Join us!

Rowan University “Spring Cleaning” recycles magazines to new readers for Earth Week

Help us to promote and grow this wonderful seed planted by Ad Dynamics – the student run ad agency at Rowan University in NJ… during an Earth Week “spring cleaning” event, students recycled over 100 magazines to new readers via Volunteers of America. The Ad Dynamics team also documented how to organize a Spring Cleaning event, including posters, brochures, presentations, and even a video.

 

How to organize a Magazine Recycling event

Spring Cleaning – Magazine Harvest Poster

Cornell team harvests three bins of magazines for new readers

Cornell Magazine Harvest

Cornell Magazine Harvest

Helene Beauchemin at Cornell University reports that their Magazine Harvest has yielded three bins of magazines for recycling to new readers in shelters and literacy programs. Next, the magazines will be sorted and packaged up for delivery.  In addition to this project, Helene has helped to found and manage our Magazine Literacy Ambassador program and Facebook page.  Great work team!

Campus teams fuel Magazine Harvest innovation

College campuses are hot-beds of innovation.  Student leaders across the U.S. are serving as Magazine Literacy Ambassadors and launching Magazine Harvest campaigns.  Using social networking and social media, these efforts inspire and inform others and help to build our Magazine Literacy Ambassador corps.  Each plants a seed in our literacy garden:

  • At Cornell University, magazines in bins placed in Fraternities and Sororities, and other locations will be shipped to our distribution centers.
  • At the University of Buffalo, a supermarket Magazine Drive is in the works.  It’s like a food drive, but will feed families hungry to read.
  • At Yale University, students are planning a magazine drive for local literacy agencies.
  • At Rowan University,  Ad Dynamics – a student-run advertising agency is producing how-to videos for Magazine Harvest.
  • Campus inquiries have come in from Massachusetts to Idaho.

Even a one-day magazine drive requires planning and team building that can help to begin the process of nurturing positive, long-term working  relationships between colleges and local literacy programs.  It can also spark the formation of sustainable campus Magazine Harvest teams.

Contact us or volunteer to lead your campus Magazine Harvest.