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Volunteer Program: Books for International Goodwill (Anne Arundel)

Founded by Leonard Blackshear in 1995, Books for International Goodwill is the signature project of the Parole Rotary Club. Over the last 26 years, it has distributed over 9 million books to recipients in the U.S. and abroad promoting literacy and saving thousands of cubic feet of landfill space. B.I.G. is the largest volume volunteer-based project in the world with a regular crew of over one hundred volunteers sorting, packing ,shelving and shipping ,books. B.I.G. is funded by donations and regular book sales. The next book sale is December 4th. With the goal of “keeping books alive,” B.I.G. serves the local, national and international community, and was selected for the Governor’s Service Award in the 2021 Volunteer Program category.

Volunteers sort books at Books for International Goodwill.

Steve Frantzich, President of Books for International Goodwill.

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