Donate to WePAC today.
WePAC relies greatly on the generosity of individuals and organizations who believe in our work with the children of Philadelphia. We hope that you are able to join our growing ranks of financial contributors!
WePAC is a 501(c)(3) corporation, and will promptly acknowledge your gift. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Jayden* was a handsome first grader with the stature of a miniature football player and the self-awareness of a successful politician. When he first came to our library, he had a hard time finding a book to check out. Multiple book suggestions met with an adamant “No!” Suggested topics met with equally firm rejections. When asked if he would ever say yes to an offered book, the answer was a predictable, “No!” A group of patient volunteers including a former school psychologist and a retired librarian understood his dilemma: Jayden was reading below grade level, but he didn’t want to be seen taking out “baby” books. The volunteers began reading to Jayden individually while other children were selecting books. Gradually he came to trust the volunteers and express interest in subjects he wanted to explore with them. Sometimes he would take home the book that had been read to him. After many weeks, he began to request specific subjects. Basketball and crocodiles were favorites. The volunteers were able to help him find books that fit both his reading level and his emotional needs. Now each week he finds and takes out a book of his own choosing. Jayden has become a proud reader and an eager library patron.
Jayden is just one example of a student in the WePAC program who became an avid and more fluent reader. His story can be multiplied by the thousands of students in our library program.
How can your donation help?
WePAC has focused our efforts primarily on students in kindergarten through grade 3, addressing those critical years when children learn to read, so that when they must read to learn, they will be prepared. We are doing as much as we can. But with more support…
- we could expand library hours so that classes can visit more frequently
- we could expand library access to include older students (4th – 8th grades) for book checkout
- we could enrich each school’s book collection to include more characters of color to appeal to our student population, more non-fiction to expose children to new careers and ideas, and better reference materials to help them develop and sharpen their research skills
Finally, with dozens of schools on our waiting list, we know that there will continue to be too many schools without libraries. The need is great and urgent. Please lend your financial support today.
For information about the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children’s charitable status, you may contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations at (800) 732-0999 or (717) 783-1720.
Thank you for your support!