Community Involvement

Books-To-Benefit Partnership

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation Check Presentation: Jackie Langhoff, Books To Benefit and Sheila Diaz, STAR Adult Literacy Coordinator

Community Support for STAR Adult Literacy

NORMAL, ILLINOIS – On Wednesday, March 14, Books to Benefit presented STAR Adult Literacy with a $4,000 donation check and YouthBuild McLean County (YBMC) with a $2,000 check to support their literacy efforts. Thanks to the focus of Books to Benefit on STAR, an additional $7,000 donation was received.

“Through the Books to Benefit sales, a generous donor heard of our mission to help adult learners improve their reading, writing and basic math skills and to help English language learners improve their ability to speak, understand, read and write English. Although the donation was given anonymously, the donor emphasized that Books to Benefit was the reason for the $7,000 donation,” shared Sheila Diaz, program coordinator STAR Adult Literacy. “The donor learned of STAR’s mission from a passionate Books to Benefit volunteer, and the donor wanted to help. One way or another, Books to Benefit continues to keep donations coming, just when we need them most.”

Books to Benefit collects gently used books in support of its semiannual book sales. Volunteers handle nearly 25,000 books per sale. They sort by genre and alphabetize the books to provide a bookstore experience at bargain prices. The proceeds of the sales are then donated to local literacy programs.

“YBMC partners with young people to provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build their futures and their communities through education, leadership development, job training and affordable housing,” added YBMC Director Tracey Polson. “The money raised from Books to Benefit not only funds our literacy program but also helps demonstrate community service in action to our students.”

Books to Benefit is currently seeking gently used book donations in support of their next book sale. To learn more about this event and how Books to Benefit supports literacy, visit, or phone (309) 531-8320.
Books to Benefit is a local 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization passionately working to support literacy. The proceeds of its semiannual book sales benefit STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County's literacy programs, provide financial support for the Books to Benefit Community Service Scholarship Award at Heartland Community College, encourage volunteerism through community service, and assure that works of scholarly importance and/or unusual publication history or content find appropriate homes offering ready access to these works.