Assistance League of Phoenix has been serving the Phoenix area for more than 55 years. The organization partners with more than 90 Title 1 schools throughout the year, bringing its Operation School Bell program to more than 8,500 students each year through the Delivering Dreams buses and satellite dressing center located in Sunnyslope.
Many of these low-income schools are in need of books for children K-8 while schools are closed during the coronavirus crisis. Assistance League of Phoenix has been filling the void by donating books they typically hand out during Operation School Bell.
“While our buses and dressing center are temporarily closed, we are trying to help provide reading for low-income students who don’t have access to books,” says Aimee Runyon, CEO of Assistance League of Phoenix. “We want to keep the children busy and their minds working while they are out of school. All of the students we serve come from Title I schools and likely don’t have many resources at home, and with libraries closed it’s difficult for them to get access to books.”
The community can help by dropping off gently used or new books at the Assistance League offices in Sunnyslope. Office hours are 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drop-off arrangements will be made to avoid direct contact with staff. Please call 602-955-7636.
If you are able, you may also purchase books online and ship them to:
Assistance League of Phoenix
9224 N. Fifth St.
Phoenix, AZ 85020