Speedeon Data employees took time away from their busy schedules to ensure children from low income families throughout the Cleveland area have access to books this holiday season. Employees across multiple departments gathered to sort and organize a variety of books for The Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank.
The origins of the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank trace back to 2013 when “Little Free Libraries” began appearing throughout the greater Cleveland area. There are now more than 100 libraries installed in the City of Cleveland area neighborhoods with more being planned. Back in November 2015 a unique partnership with online bookseller Discover Books was formed allowing hundreds of thousands of free children’s books to be brought into Cleveland that would have otherwise been sent to recycling.
On February 1, 2016 the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank opened in Midtown Cleveland with a goal of ensuring sustainability and bringing schools and community partners together to construct, install and maintain libraries as well as collect and replenish books for libraries. Studies have shown that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important predictors of future academic success yet two-thirds of low income families do not own a single children’s book.
The mission of The Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank is to foster improved literacy and a love of reading by providing free books to children in need. In the first 17 months since the center opened 864,775 books have been distributed through more than 600 partner organizations thanks to support from community leaders and volunteers like Speedeon Data.
63 percent of Speedeon employees currently volunteer with various community organizations, such as The Cleveland Food Bank, with many volunteering with multiple groups.
Speedeon Data is actively seeking new volunteer opportunities and has recently partnered with BVU: The Center for NonProfit Excellence in an effort to help Speedeon better establish and enhance its community engagement.