Fun Ways to Support My Favorite Charity, Indy Reads
The holiday season is a time when many folks turn their attention to helping the less fortunate. There are many charities doing good work, and you may already have one (or more) that you think of as your “go to” organization(s).
Nonetheless, I’m writing this post with the hope that it may lead you to consider supporting my favorite charity, Indy Reads.
Quoting from their website:
Indy Reads is a not-for-profit organization that relies on volunteers to provide basic literacy tutoring to illiterate and semi-literate adults. Our mission is to promote and improve the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana. We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to learn to read, and our goal is to make Indianapolis 100% literate. Our programs include one-on-one tutoring, small group sessions, English as a Second Language instruction, and “Literacy Labs” at neighborhood centers.
(For those curious, this is an IRS approved, 501(c)(3) organization.)
In addition to the good work these folks are doing in improving literacy, they also run a bookstore in Indianapolis called Indy Reads Books. The store is mostly staffed by volunteers. Proceeds from the store go directly to support the literacy tutoring mission of Indy Reads.
Back in October I held a successful reading and signing event at the store. So, yeah, part of why I’m encouraging you to consider helping them out is that they’ve helped me out by providing a welcoming venue for me to connect with my readers in Indianapolis.
But it goes deeper than that. Years ago, in my native Maryland, I was (briefly) a literacy volunteer for a similar nonprofit. So I know the value of this kind of work. And, as both a reader and a writer, I know the power of the written word can change lives.
Most of you dropping by here are voracious readers. Put yourselves in the shoes of someone who, for whatever reason, can’t experience the same pleasure we take for granted. Wouldn’t that suck? So let’s work to help the good guys out on this one.
Okay, end of sermon. Let’s get to specifics. How can you help, you ask? I’ll give you four ways.
- Last year, I wrote a brief essay called “Lumps of Coal” for the anthology Gifts of the Magi: A Speculative Holiday Collection. My essay details three unintentionally-comical attempts the entertainment industry has made to shoehorn a Christmas message into genre films or TV shows. I had a lot of fun writing that essay, and it’s never been reprinted elsewhere. The fiction pieces in the book were written by members of the Indianapolis Speculative Fiction Guild (SFG). Anyway, all the money the SFG receives from sales of this anthology goes directly to Indy Reads. And the great thing about this is that you don’t even have to live in the Indianapolis area to help out this way. You can just buy the book (in print or Kindle edition) directly from Amazon.
- Last I heard, Indy Reads Books still had copies of Mr. Suicide and The Mirrors available. When you buy from the store, they (and, therefore, the charity) get a cut of the sale.
- If you live in Central Indiana, consider contacting Indy Reads about becoming a volunteer.
- And, of course, there’s always the possibility of donating a little cash.
Okay, now enough of this holiday charity talk. I have a couple of gruesome horror books to finish writing.