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The Sebring location for Goodwill’s BookWorks program is now open and working to put books into the hands and homes of children who may not otherwise have them. Goodwill is seeking volunteers and book donations to support the program.

BookWorks promotes literacy by distributing books to children from low-income families. Goodwill volunteers read to children at Head Start centers and other locations and then present each child with a personalized book to take home.

The Sebring BookWorks center is just east of the Goodwill store in Sebring Square Mall on US 27. The BookWorks center is open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To volunteer for BookWorks

To volunteer as a BookWorks reader or to help sort books, call the BookWorks associate at 863-314-3200, ext 108, or email bookworks@goodwill-suncoast.com. To find out more about the program, visit http://goodwill-suncoast.org/bookworks/

To donate books

The annual drive to collect books for the program is now under way. Your donations of children’s books in good condition are welcome at the Goodwill store or Goodwill donation center or the BookWorks room. Just label the donation “for BookWorks.”

Another option is to make a monetary gift to purchase new books for the program. Just visit https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/bookworks–2 to make a donation.

Goodwill’s BookWorks program is designed to instill a love of books and reading in children to prepare them to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce. Because early childhood literacy is linked to later employability, BookWorks supports Goodwill-Suncoast’s mission of helping people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work.

Goodwill Industries-Suncoast is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in St. Petersburg, Fla. in 1954. Its mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. The organization’s successful donated goods retail operation helps support its human services in 10 counties, including employment services, training centers for people with disabilities, affordable apartment communities, and community corrections programs. Goodwill is consistently ranked among the nonprofits most deserving of support based on the high percentage of revenue allocated to its programs. For more information, visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org