HAMMOND | Books, Brushes & Bands for Education and First Midwest Bank have partnered to bring Book Brigade: A Call to Action, a book drive, to all Northwest Indiana First Midwest Bank locations.
The first annual drive is designed to foster collaboration across Northwest Indiana communities and bring focus to children’s literacy in economically disadvantaged areas.
“Reading is essential and it’s time to add it to the list basic human necessities like food, warmth and shelter,” Michelle Golden, president of Books, Brushes & Bands for Education said.
Each branch will be host to a Radio Flyer Wagon where members of the community can place new children’s and young adult books from July 15 through Aug. 9. The goal is to collect 25 books in each of the 17 locations.
In September, collections will be distributed door-to-door by Books, Brushes & Bands for Education students and volunteers through a “Red Wagon Brigade” parade of wagons in three Hammond neighborhoods.
Founded in 2000, Books, Brushes & Bands for Education is a not-for-profit organization devoted to children’s literary, arts and music education, without residency restriction. The organization promotes its vision through events held throughout the year and its mainstay vocal and instrumental music ensembles.
Book Brigade: A Call to Action was conceived after long association between Books, Brushes & Bands for Education and First Midwest Bank.
“These kids are our future workforce; we aren’t doing them justice if we don’t get involved,” said Martie Rivas-Ramos, vice president and manager of First Midwest Bank in Munster.
“If there are kids who don’t have books in their homes, it’s something we have to change.”
Brochures detailing the campaign will be available at each donation site and donations are also accepted at the organization’s Hammond office, 5920 Hohman Ave. For more information and to volunteer in distribution, call (219) 932-3232.