This week we welcomed two new agency partners. While each agency is unique in mission and service, one thing they share is their message. Through peace, hope and education they are strengthening the individuals and communities they serve and both rely heavily on the generosity of volunteers to help fulfill their missions. Please join us in welcoming these new agencies to the VolunteerSquare community!
Darien Book Aid Plan is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in Darien, CT. Their mission is to provide peace, understanding and friendship, as well as improving literacy and education worldwide through the free distribution of books. They collect, sort and pack books to fill requests from around the world.
In May 1949, Mrs. Gordon Lamont of Darien conceived the idea of sending good reading material to share the American way of life with war-torn Europe. Gathering some friends together and with the help of Ambassador John Davis Lodge and other government officials and generous contributions from Darien residents, Darien Book Aid Plan was formed. The four boxes shipped in 1949 are now 20-30 boxes each week. Between 16-20 tons of books each year go to 190 countries and all 50 of the United States.
For over 65 years this organization has been run entirely by volunteers. Join them as they continue to impact communities all over the world, volunteers can help out two hours per month, two hours per week or more!