Category Archives: Recycling Magazines

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!

Harvest magazines at work to recycle to new readers

Office Magazine Harvest

Office Magazine Harvest

Here’s a sample email you can send to your colleagues to collect and recycle magazines to new readers.  Pack and ship clean, gently read magazines with no torn or cut covers or pages to us and we’ll deliver them to kids and families in shelters and other literacy programs.  It feels good to share the magazines you love and they are very much appreciated and enjoyed.  Carefully remove paper and mark out ink mailing labels, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Magazines are great – we love to get them and read them.  Please join me in recycling “gently read” magazines to new readers – homeless families… moms and kids in domestic violence shelters… via food pantries… etc.

I’ve set up a collection box for any magazines you’d like to share.  Don’t worry about mailing labels – I’ll remove or mark them out with a permanent marker, and MagazineLiteracy.org will cover up the spot with a fresh “gift” label.

Any magazines that a child or adult would enjoy are needed – as long as they are clean with no torn or cut covers or pages, or water or moisture damage.

Thanks for helping to feed families hungry to read.

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