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STE{a}M & Stuff Book Drive

Book Drive through May 25, 2016

Each year, the Heart of Florida United Way hosts a book drive to support summer reading loss initiatives and Day of Action literacy events in our local community.

And each year, BE. members contribute fun math & science themed books to the United Way’s book drive efforts.  Share fun stories like Flatland, Fantasia Mathematica, the Cartoon Guide to Physics, and In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat with at-risk youth in our community.  What STEM fiction inspired you in your youth?

Visit our book drive page for participation information, statistics on summer reading loss,  links to STEM book lists, Diverse Book resources, and more.

Drop off books at any BE. Orlando event during the month of May or contact us – we’ll be glad to schedule a pick up at your central Florida place of business.



Book Drive Home Page (updates will be posted here)



Central Florida Earth Fest – Blood Drive, BE. Vendor Tent, Book Drive


Donate blood with us at the 10th annual Central Florida Earth Day Festival on April 25th from 10-6!  This is the largest and longest-running Earth Day festival in Central Florida. The Bus will be taking donations from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Come enjoy the festival all day and if it fits your bloodletting schedule, please donate blood.

BE. Orlando will host a vendor tent and is hosting a PintClub blood drive!  Look for the Little Red Bus on Eola Dr & E. Washington and come by our tent inside the festival to say hello and learn more about volunteering with us – and drop off books for the book drive (see below).

Blood Drive Flyer – please share!

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From the Central Florida Earth Day website:

Central Florida Earth Day is an exciting day of colorful and educational exhibits and activities! It will take place at beautiful Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando on April 25, 2015 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Admission is FREE! Earth Day is a family-friendly, dog-friendly, alcohol-free, and smoke-free event.

Enjoy Speakers, Food Preparation Demonstrations, Environmental Education, Humane Education, Earth Kids Zone, Food, Artist Corner, Animal Haven, Music on band and acoustic stages, Mind Body Spirit, lots of other Activities, and many Earth-friendly Sponsors and Vendors. There are so many fun and interesting things happening at Earth Day you will want to stay all day!

Book Drive supporting at-risk youth in our community!

The BE. Orlando vendor tent is a drop-off point for our Summer Reading Book Drive!!  Bring a new or gently-used book (levels K-12) to support the Heart of Florida United Way’s summer literacy initiatives.  Learn more on our Book Drive page!

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Annual Summer Reading BOOK DRIVE!

Updated 4/3/15

WHAT:  Book drive to support K-12 youth in our community

WHEN:  NOW through May 26 (see web page for drop-off location & details)

Please hold book drives in your Meetup groups, neighborhoods, workplaces, families, and other connections.  New and gently-used (gift condition) books only, please.

The annual Summer Reading Book Drive hosted by our local United Way provides books to local at-risk children.  They give them to participants in their June 23 Day of Action literacy event where hundreds of volunteers conduct literacy activities in our community.  They also provide books to summer literacy programs at local shelters and youth programs.

summer book drive

Did you know that in low-income neighborhoods there is an average of one book for every 300 children?  In middle income neighborhoods, there are 13 books for every one child.

Quick Facts on Summer Reading Loss:

  • Students can lose up to 25% of their reading level over the summer.
  • Reading just four books over the summer can prevent the summer slide, and can actually increase reading levels.
  • Price is the number one barrier to book ownership .
  • A recent study found that in middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of age-appropriate books is 13 books for every child, while in low-income neighborhoods, it’s 1 book for every 300 children.
  • A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22% of the school year.

Day of Action


The Heart of Florida United Way coordinates hundreds of volunteers who engage with local schools, shelters, and youth programs conducting literacy activities with at-risk youth.  All of the children receive books at the events that they can take with them – last year every child received five books!

Books from this book drive are also provided to local shelters and youth programs to use throughout the summer as gifts to children and as part of their own summer reading programs.

Day of Action will be on June 23rd in Central Florida.  If you are interested in being one of the volunteers for this day, please contact the Heart of Florida United Way at volunteercenter@hfuw.org for more information.  You can also visit their Day of Action Web page – they will post the events for sign-up closer to the date.