Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Really Cool Site to Help Tweens Organize a Volunteer Project

We stumbled upon this very cool site that helps kids to plan and run a book drive for kids in need. What makes this organization different is that everything is turn-key - the how-to's are spelled out on the site, the non-profit has already forged a relationship with Barnes and Noble to host such events, and everything is broken down into manageable tasks.

The organization is called Milk and Bookies (how cute is that name?!), and they've been at this since 2004. Their mission is to develop peer-based philanthropy projects to get kids involved in community service. We think they are the bomb!

Here's how it works: kids organize a milk and cookies event at a local bookstore and invite everyone to come. Guests are provided the opportunity to select, purchase and inscribe books that are then donated to their peers who do not have access to books of their own.
The fun-filled events feature music, story time and, of course, milk and cookies.

They have a program that is specially for older kids called the M+B Class Project that would be perfect for tweens. And with Disney's special incentive of a free day of park admission in exchange for a day of service, there's all the more reason to put on an event.

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