Each year, a charitable organization is selected to benefit from a collection or drive to be held at the college as part of Founders Day. For the 11th anniversary of the event this year, the organization Books Through Bars was chosen. For three weeks leading up to the event, books were collected on campus, leading up to a donation of 40 boxes containing 1000 books.
Books Through Bars is a Philadelphia based all-volunteer, non-profit organization that distributes free books and educational material to incarcerated people throughout PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, and W. VA. Each week they send more than 8,000 book packages. totaling over 24,000 books.
Books Through Bars believes that the books they provide, largely educational and vocational, lead to “critical personal growth and promote successful community re-integration.”
A representative from Books Through Bars, Tommy Hanson, attended the Founders Day program to receive the donation, stating, “This is definitely one of the largest single donations we have ever received from a single organization.” He also spoke about Books Through Bars and gave some statistics regarding incarceration rates in the United States and those who are incarcerated.
Members of the Founders Day Committee pose with Tommy Hanson (second from right), from Books Through Bars, with the 40 boxes holding 1000 books collected from the Manor Community in the three weeks leading up to the College’s 11th Founders Day celebration. Also pictured: (left) Kelly Peiffer, assistant director of Marketing Communications; (second from left) Ali Mootz, Director of Student Engagement; and (far right) Diane Pevar, Esq., chair of the Business & Legal Studies Division and director of Legal Studies.
1000 BOOKS DONATED!
Pictured: (left to right) Ali Mootz, Director of Student Engagement; College President Sister Mary Cecilia Jurasinski, OSBM; Kelly Peiffer, assistant director of Marketing Communications; Tommy Hanson from Books Through Bars; Diane Pevar, Esq., chair of the Business & Legal Studies Division and director of Legal Studies.