What’s more fundamental to community wellbeing than literacy? Being able to read and write is essential in order to fully participate in the world around you, but it’s something that’s not always easily available, especially to people new to the language itself.

So when Rick Ghramm, Community Manager at Moda Apartments, learned that the Literacy Council of Seattle was collecting books for their second annual book sale, he quickly arranged a book drive with more than a dozen Seattle-area Equity Residential communities.

The month-long book drive elicited an overwhelming response from both Equity employees and residents, who were able to fill a Zipcar cargo van full of books. The combined efforts more than tripled the amount of books already gathered by the non-profit.

slot3_bookdriveThe Literacy Council of Seattle “serves a diverse group of adult learners each year. These include immigrants and refugees from more than 25 countries and many American-born adults. About 52% are between 25 and 44 years of age, 80% are female, and 100% are eager to learn English. Some learners who come to LCS speak two or three other languages, other students have no reading or writing skills in any language. Some students stay six months to one year until they can manage the language demands of their job, while others continue until they can enter community college or job training programs.”