The Book Fairies is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that collects reading materials for people in need throughout metropolitan New York. The reading materials foster literacy and academic success, provide a respite from personal struggles, and nurture a love of reading across age groups.
Amy Zaslansky is the founder of The Book Fairies, a nonprofit organization that provides books to people in need across metropolitan New York. Since its inception in 2012, The Book Fairies has donated more than 2.7 million books to underserved schools and nonprofit organizations including hospitals, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and correctional facilities. Amy, a lifelong avid reader and lover of books.
She is a Maryland native, graduated from Emory University with a BA in Psychology and earned her MS in Occupational Therapy from Temple University. Her earlier careers included being an Occupational Therapist, and operating an e-commerce site. Amy resides on Long Island with her husband, three children, and a small menagerie of pets.
The first segment opens with Tommy introducing the show and today's guest. Amy Zaslansky, founder of the book fairies, a non profit organization that provides books to people in need across metropolitan New York. Also on today's show, Eileen also from the book fairies. Tommy then goes into some background about Amy and Eileen. After Tommy is done reading their accomplishments, they both give some more detailed background.
The second segment starts with Tommy giving a testimony to the book fairies service and opening up the conversation to Amy and Eileen. They both explain that the people coming to get books have an unlimited amount they can take. This is due to having a surplus in books to donate. Amy and Eileen explain that in their warehouse, they are starting to overflow in inventory and truthfully approaching not having enough room to store the books. Roughly 50,000 books are given out a month and half of one million a year. Amy explains that her love for reading and becoming aware of the statistics regarding the correlation between poverty and certain social impacts and not being able to read led her to finding the book fairies.
The third segment starts with Tommy bringing the show back up from break and giving a reintroduction of the guests, Amy Zaslansky and Eileen. Tommy brings the conversation back to how The book Fairies goes about getting books to the community. Amy explains through an incredible partnership with life's work, she was able to grow over 30 special needs organizations and get books to the community. Tommy then discusses the impact of the book fairies over the last decade. Amy and Eileen explain that without the volunteers and organizations, they wouldn't be able to move the books to the people that need them. Amy says that without the relationships with these organizations, the book fairies simply wouldn't be able to function.
The final segment starts with the show coming back up from break. Then Tommy moves the conversation to what the future looks like for the book fairies. Amy and Eileen explain that funding is their top priority. Funding will allow them to upgrade their current platform and allow them to fill a void in the community that even the government isn't filling today. The main form of funding for the book fairies comes through donations, Amy and Eileen explain that even the slightest donation could have a massive impact on their mission.
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00:00:32.220 --> 00:00:48.720 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The nonprofit sector connected coming at you, and like I do every single Friday morning at 10am Eastern time just blow the roof above the second floor back in the attic we weren't in the attic last week on hiatus little bit of a road trip.
00:00:49.830 --> 00:00:56.220 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I missed the attic the attic missed me and we're glad to be back together today is the 20th episode of a show I call.
00:00:57.060 --> 00:01:11.970 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: philanthropy and focus focus as well pH oh see us because I thought alliteration was my favorite grammatical tool, but a couple weeks ago I realized it's the only one, I actually know so I like alliteration and I grew up in the late 80s 90s it's born in 1978.
00:01:13.650 --> 00:01:23.130 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And we used to say work fat pH at so philanthropy starts with pH focus now does my world starts so stay focused stay focused and join me in the attic every Friday morning.
00:01:23.820 --> 00:01:30.840 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I look if you've been checking into the past or if you know me and kind of the real life, the outside the attic life, you know i'm passionate about this nonprofit sector.
00:01:31.680 --> 00:01:37.650 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I believe that this sector is overlooked underfunded as a lot of us in the sector, know.
00:01:38.220 --> 00:01:44.040 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And unrecognized for the incredible work that the sector does and the frontline people in the sector, doing each.
00:01:44.370 --> 00:01:53.190 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And every second of every minute of every hour of every day month year the whole deal because I don't know who does this work if it's not the leaders of nonprofit organizations and their teams.
00:01:53.640 --> 00:02:03.300 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So my answer to that is let's shine a light on these organizations philanthropy and focus that's the light, we shine every morning every Friday morning, that is, I bring on a leader of a nonprofit.
00:02:03.750 --> 00:02:12.390 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: To tell their story and today it's a double feature, I actually have two liters of a nonprofit organization here, but before we even get into something gotta give a shout out to a couple friends.
00:02:12.810 --> 00:02:20.310 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Last, so I usually start the show, so this is a new shirt that I was sent over it says ringmaster I love it I were at the beach tonight um.
00:02:21.330 --> 00:02:31.410 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I say, welcome to the show, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls children of all ages and, last week I did that, when Michael Kramer was on the show from the corporate source and Linda Berman sent me.
00:02:32.010 --> 00:02:39.270 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: This T shirt and it says ringmaster So if you can't see it it's a big it's like a big top and it's a red shirt and says ringmaster and.
00:02:39.930 --> 00:02:45.840 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Just in case my head wasn't too big to get out of this attic now i'm called the ringmaster so I love you Linda Berman love you the corporate source.
00:02:46.200 --> 00:02:56.580 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Michael Kramer thanks for being on the show last week, this week let's move forward this week I you know this is going to sound arrogant, but I just it's kind of Caribbean Tommy day and.
00:02:58.080 --> 00:03:01.110 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: it's kind of cool meantime because you get to meet great people and.
00:03:02.520 --> 00:03:07.440 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The nonprofit sector connector right that's what it's all about it's about connecting for me it's about the relationships.
00:03:08.310 --> 00:03:17.490 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So one of the cool things is I get to meet great people great leaders of these organizations, and these are friends of mine, you know, for the most part of the folks who come on the show or friends and people, I know, like and.
00:03:18.330 --> 00:03:24.360 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I have no reservations or hesitations about how much fun we're going to have in the next 50 some odd minutes so.
00:03:24.630 --> 00:03:39.390 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: let's just jump right in first of all amy is as Lansky and I leave an open book fairs here, ladies just come off mute and say hello i'd like to say before you say anything I say this every week and I used to say this before there was a show, welcome to the show, welcome to the attic.
00:03:40.380 --> 00:03:41.160 Amy Zaslansky: Thanks to me.
00:03:42.270 --> 00:03:42.990 Amy Zaslansky: See here.
00:03:43.920 --> 00:03:50.760 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: exciting to have you both here it's it's we've never had two guests on the same program, and this is certainly a trend we're going to start so.
00:03:51.060 --> 00:04:00.390 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: thrilled to have you here thrilled to have this conversation i'm going to do a little bit of background first before we even dive in, but what I want to tell I we've had conversations, the three of us, but.
00:04:00.870 --> 00:04:09.600 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: As my fans wow that's that's that's aggressive as my listeners know what we try to do here is.
00:04:10.020 --> 00:04:18.270 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: tell the story of the organization, but really start with learning about the leaders learning about their connection to the space so i'm going to read a little bit of.
00:04:18.720 --> 00:04:25.500 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: eileen background, a little bit of amy's background and then really I think there's nobody better to tell the story than the two people that are here in the room, with me so.
00:04:25.860 --> 00:04:32.460 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I Lima know is the Executive Director of the book fairies she's a professional leader with experience in all aspects of business management.
00:04:32.820 --> 00:04:40.860 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: program administration fun development and volunteer engagement and what many of us know who know eileen in sort of the real world, not just the virtual world.
00:04:41.220 --> 00:04:47.070 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Is she's one of the co founders and pass executive director of patient l airlift services pals.
00:04:47.760 --> 00:04:54.750 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Which is growing long island organization that's done incredible work and will probably get they've done work nationwide and international probably dive into a bit of that too.
00:04:55.050 --> 00:05:00.330 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: In my research, I know that it is very involved in the massive Pico Community the master P equals.
00:05:00.570 --> 00:05:09.750 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Community fund will probably talk a bit about that, but I always find it might people that come on this show there's philanthropy somewhere ingrained in who they are, and what they do and it's a lot about.
00:05:10.380 --> 00:05:17.280 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The heart i'm touching my heart, right now, I tried it let people know who are not watching us on Facebook what what the visuals are as well.
00:05:17.550 --> 00:05:26.460 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So let's move to amy amy's as Lansky is the founder of the book fairies Okay, so we have the founder past executive director and executive director today, which is super exciting.
00:05:26.970 --> 00:05:38.310 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Since the organization's inception in 2012 they don't need it, I think the numbers are 2.7 I think when we talked yesterday, the day before 2.8 million books were these books going to underserved schools.
00:05:38.820 --> 00:05:45.720 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: nonprofit organizations hospitals homeless shelters soup kitchens and correctional facilities we're going to talk today about.
00:05:46.620 --> 00:05:58.980 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What is the cyclical challenge of illiteracy and poverty and how these things kind of interwoven and we're really going to get into that today so let's just start with.
00:06:00.150 --> 00:06:08.850 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I want to start with eileen tell me how you got drawn to nonprofit and then after that I want me to do the same and let's just have this story about what what happened.
00:06:09.240 --> 00:06:18.420 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What was the catalyst that that amy you said I need to create this thing called the book first so eileen tell us a bit of the background for you personally, and it will shift over to amy please.
00:06:19.230 --> 00:06:29.850 Eileen The Book Fairies: Thank you for having us, thank you for the opportunity I really started, I am a accidental nonprofit executive director I think Emile say the same thing.
00:06:30.240 --> 00:06:37.950 Eileen The Book Fairies: And I started really when I was not working, I left the corporate world, and I was working you know, taking care of my kids.
00:06:38.310 --> 00:06:50.160 Eileen The Book Fairies: And I did a fundraiser for a little girl in my town named Christina Cowan who had cystic fibrosis and her parents needed to go down to do for double lung transplant and their lives were being.
00:06:50.760 --> 00:07:02.760 Eileen The Book Fairies: You know, turned upside down and they had they needed funding so together with my Community I started doing fundraisers and our Community raised over $100,000 to enable them to go down to do.
00:07:03.150 --> 00:07:06.240 Eileen The Book Fairies: They live there, she got her double trance lung transplant.
00:07:06.720 --> 00:07:22.770 Eileen The Book Fairies: Was amazing she came back she was off oxygen she did very well, unfortunately, it wasn't the outcome that we wanted, she didn't pass a few years later, but that was really the start of it and it just snowballed into a lot of other things that people asked me to do and carry on today.
00:07:23.220 --> 00:07:30.750 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I love that I love that um real quick before we hear from me just tell me about pals how did that happen quick was that related to that other situation.
00:07:31.410 --> 00:07:39.690 Eileen The Book Fairies: Well, clearly, knowing the need for transportation, when you need access to medical treatment outside of where you normally live.
00:07:40.140 --> 00:07:49.320 Eileen The Book Fairies: A flight that actually the dad of Christina had just moved come back on a Sunday night to work, the next day and the lungs the lungs came in.
00:07:49.620 --> 00:08:00.120 Eileen The Book Fairies: So they flew they weren't we weren't paying for a flight from farmingdale down to do so, he could be there and time before she got went in because you didn't know what the outcome was going to be.
00:08:00.810 --> 00:08:13.620 Eileen The Book Fairies: So that was how I knew that the transportation aviation transportation was needed, but I was actually working on the mass of people Community Fund and we will work I work for a similar organization and.
00:08:14.280 --> 00:08:29.520 Eileen The Book Fairies: Some things happened and myself, and one of the other board members from the other organization said, we need to have a transparent organization that's doing the right thing with the money and just make sure that were true to the mission, and that was how you know, I was in my basement.
00:08:29.760 --> 00:08:31.200 Eileen The Book Fairies: And working, the only.
00:08:31.260 --> 00:08:38.370 Eileen The Book Fairies: Employees To start with, and very much like gaming you know grow it to be a fairly successful organization.
00:08:38.670 --> 00:08:43.950 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So so listen up folks you could be in your basement or like the opposite, you can be in the attic.
00:08:44.730 --> 00:08:54.570 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And you can can see a problem uncover an opportunity and create something that makes long lasting impact and that's What I want, so if you're a nonprofit leader.
00:08:54.870 --> 00:09:02.430 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: If you just have an inkling of an idea right you've heard this before, when you look around the room look around any room around the attic everything I look at.
00:09:02.970 --> 00:09:10.410 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: started as a figment an idea, a seed in someone's mind, and I think it nonprofit leaders have that same incredible ability.
00:09:10.680 --> 00:09:15.570 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Where they see something and they say I got to address this I gotta fix this problem, or I gotta make an effort at it.
00:09:15.930 --> 00:09:28.590 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So let's amy same thing What was it let's talk about what were you did you have a background in philanthropy or or was this like I see this problem and I need to create the book first let's let's talk about how that all happened.
00:09:29.820 --> 00:09:38.340 Amy Zaslansky: I came about it actually in an opposite direction, because I started out as an occupational therapist and did that for a number of years.
00:09:38.820 --> 00:09:49.680 Amy Zaslansky: I moved on from there, and had a small online business, and so I really always say that running the ball fairies is my my third life, my third career.
00:09:50.280 --> 00:10:03.450 Amy Zaslansky: And it was accidental in that way too, and I think between Tommy I lean and me we've probably hit every every room in the House because whereas I lean was in the basement in your in the attic I started in the garage.
00:10:04.140 --> 00:10:12.600 Amy Zaslansky: So that's that's really things came together more from the fact that I was raised in a very philanthropic environment.
00:10:13.050 --> 00:10:25.620 Amy Zaslansky: Where my father was a teacher, but he had his hands in every aspect, whether it was a shoe drive a canned food drive cleaning up trash along the street and so.
00:10:26.190 --> 00:10:32.310 Amy Zaslansky: I think, without realizing it he just set such a firm example that one person can make a difference.
00:10:32.820 --> 00:10:52.320 Amy Zaslansky: And one thing that he has always said, is that you have to support your Community first before you move outside the Community and that's really how the book various has come together and it has stayed Community based and Community driven where, as you can see i've a bookcase behind.
00:10:52.350 --> 00:10:53.220 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I was trying to accomplish.
00:10:53.250 --> 00:11:02.700 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I was going to comment on it, because I know you're an avid reader and I see all those books behind you, so if you're not checking in on Facebook, you know watching the video amy has a beautiful bookshelf behind her so tell us about that.
00:11:03.480 --> 00:11:17.580 Amy Zaslansky: So you know, I was raised in a library, and I would just go to library pick out tons of books i'm the kid that had the nose in the book, the whole time and just love disappearing into those different worlds.
00:11:18.300 --> 00:11:34.200 Amy Zaslansky: And what I came to realize after having three kids and reading and literacy was always such a prominent aspect within our family is that people, people have books on the bookshelf that they no longer need so that was really where everything.
00:11:34.200 --> 00:11:43.590 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: started, what was the Epiphany like what what actually what happened we said wait a minute or was it the kids are getting older and you had to move some of the books out is that part of it.
00:11:44.040 --> 00:11:58.170 Amy Zaslansky: You know, it really came down to I was looking around for a philanthropic venture and I came across a website where teachers and Hempstead were trying to raise money to buy books to send home with their kids over the summertime.
00:11:59.220 --> 00:12:11.310 Amy Zaslansky: I have so many books in my house my neighborhood has so many books, and so we did a real quick book drive in the bellmore community and in one week, we were able to collect over 3000 books.
00:12:11.520 --> 00:12:11.910 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: In a week.
00:12:12.540 --> 00:12:13.110 Amy Zaslansky: In a week.
00:12:13.290 --> 00:12:13.680 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So they were.
00:12:14.160 --> 00:12:14.760 Amy Zaslansky: coming in.
00:12:14.940 --> 00:12:20.730 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: We didn't even know, there was a thing here, and then a week later, we have 3000 bucks right like that's that's what happens.
00:12:21.600 --> 00:12:29.880 Amy Zaslansky: They haven't, yet they haven't stopped, and so it was really just this one simple idea of why we have.
00:12:30.270 --> 00:12:38.640 Amy Zaslansky: A community that has too many books too much too many resources, and then we have a Community right down the street who's in need of those so.
00:12:38.940 --> 00:12:48.000 Amy Zaslansky: Who is going to be that one crazy person that steps in the middle of it and just really facilitates the transport of the books from one area to the next day or.
00:12:48.000 --> 00:12:52.290 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I don't have a guess who that one crazy person is going to be, but please keep going.
00:12:53.640 --> 00:13:03.090 Amy Zaslansky: And you know it really it was it was a one off, it was a one time book drive that I did I was in the process of looking for a job.
00:13:03.510 --> 00:13:12.450 Amy Zaslansky: And the more that I received feedback from the people receiving the books that people donating the books, I really rumor ate it on the whole idea of.
00:13:13.050 --> 00:13:29.910 Amy Zaslansky: This basic concept of creating some type of organization, that is, is just channeling books across and then it moved from my garage fortunately moved from my garage into a warehouse and.
00:13:30.510 --> 00:13:40.830 Amy Zaslansky: Over 2 million books just close to 3 million books later are hitting nine years we've really changed the face of illiteracy on long island and New York City.
00:13:41.340 --> 00:13:46.620 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So, so I leave a note and amy says Lansky are in the attic with you boy Tommy day.
00:13:47.100 --> 00:13:57.390 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The book fairies just given away approaching 3 million books, he started with a one week book drive and they picked up 3000 books but somebody has to be the mechanism somebody has to be the bridge to get the books that are.
00:13:58.110 --> 00:14:08.940 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: In good use or can be reused and get them in the hands that needed them I am cranky about some things all the time, you know i'm not going to stamp my feet like I do sometimes but here's what i'm going to tell you there.
00:14:09.600 --> 00:14:13.890 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I I live here on long island and we live in a district where my children have.
00:14:14.430 --> 00:14:20.880 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: classroom libraries and I learned from amy years ago when we first met that there are schools that don't have library so listen that out again.
00:14:21.330 --> 00:14:27.390 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: My children have libraries in their classroom some schools in the entire school do not have libraries.
00:14:28.170 --> 00:14:41.280 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Listen there's this connection between poverty and illiteracy and illiteracy and poverty we're going to talk more about that we're going to a two minute break, but we will be right back here in the attic with amy and eileen from the book fairs come back and visit russ see you soon.
00:17:35.370 --> 00:17:36.420 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And I don't know if that's.
00:17:36.450 --> 00:17:44.370 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: A request that command statement but do that through the static man join me in the attic man it's your boy Tommy in the nonprofit sector connect your.
00:17:44.910 --> 00:18:01.290 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: philanthropy and focused stay focused people stay focused on how you can make an impact stay focused on how you can add value so amy and eileen are here from the book fairies and we're talking about the impact that this organization has made so amy 3000 books.
00:18:02.730 --> 00:18:10.770 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: To approaching 3 million books that have changed hands now i've experiences i've been in the warehouse, ladies and gentlemen, I put a picture.
00:18:11.340 --> 00:18:18.450 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: On the social media stuff yesterday and I got the credit apron on In fact I think I need my own imprint but we'll talk about that maybe after the show.
00:18:19.470 --> 00:18:23.460 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'm not asked you to give it to me i'll buy the paper, but I think it'd be cool to have my own Tommy apron so.
00:18:24.720 --> 00:18:31.230 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: i'm i've worked in the warehouse i've helped a bit i've seen the teachers come from around.
00:18:32.310 --> 00:18:40.410 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Around long island around the city out of the bronx Queens with suitcases to take, and the one thing that always struck me is.
00:18:41.100 --> 00:18:48.150 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: there's no limit on how many books, people can take right there's never been a limit you guys just come off mute when you're ready to but there's never been a limit.
00:18:49.290 --> 00:18:59.940 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: If somebody wants to leave with cases in cases of books there I guess you guys are secure enough to know that there's more books coming in the front door as these books were at the back doors right.
00:19:01.530 --> 00:19:14.670 Amy Zaslansky: yeah absolutely that there are so many books out there and it's really just up to the book fairies to help harness all the books that are sitting on us on people's bookshelves and incoming books, we have.
00:19:15.600 --> 00:19:34.290 Amy Zaslansky: anywhere from 250 to 400 boxes of books that come in a week to be sorted a week and the flow hasn't stopped since the our doors opened in our book bank in freeport so we give out roughly 50,000 books, a month.
00:19:35.220 --> 00:19:53.100 Amy Zaslansky: We are about half a million books, a year and that's even within the coven time which definitely stymied our distribution, for a number of months, but by the summer, we were able to regroup and start spreading the gift of books again.
00:19:53.730 --> 00:19:54.270 So.
00:19:55.590 --> 00:20:05.370 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: talk to me if you could add because you know this started out as Hempstead school is looking for bugs to raise money to buy books, whatever the case was, as you said there and then.
00:20:06.570 --> 00:20:15.900 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What did you start to uncover as you really peel back the onion and aside from the need, but just the what would be the impact of of what's the impact of not having the books.
00:20:16.530 --> 00:20:24.480 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: versus the impact of actually having the book, so I I got cranky right before the break and I said, you know my kids have you know books in their classrooms and others don't have books in their schools.
00:20:25.020 --> 00:20:36.930 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What is the impact, what does that look like, if you take out 678 year old child who doesn't have access to reading and you extrapolate that or pull that out over 20 years what How does that impact somebody if you could.
00:20:37.770 --> 00:20:49.590 Amy Zaslansky: You know it's really interesting because when I started, as I explained before I just I love, a good book because I I fall into it and you lose yourself in the story which is, I think what a lot of people really think about with books.
00:20:50.130 --> 00:20:57.300 Amy Zaslansky: And it wasn't until I really started doing research on literacy, where I realize just how scary The numbers are.
00:20:58.350 --> 00:21:09.630 Amy Zaslansky: In fact Tommy you're not gonna believe this this number was so to me off base that I actually had a call the New York state education office to make sure that the Stat I was reading was correct.
00:21:10.380 --> 00:21:23.070 Amy Zaslansky: 70% of kids in New York, are not reading at grade level they're not reading at grade level and so so much of this like you said it is this cycle of poverty.
00:21:24.030 --> 00:21:38.490 Amy Zaslansky: And the schools that are underfunded under resourced 50% of the schools that we serve don't have libraries and the kids just don't have access to books, whether it's in their school whether it's at their houses.
00:21:38.910 --> 00:21:47.820 Amy Zaslansky: A lot of people are living in neighborhoods where it may be unsafe for them to use the library depending on which neighborhood that library is located in.
00:21:48.540 --> 00:22:06.300 Amy Zaslansky: And so what you're seeing is this systemic poverty that's really stemming from illiteracy and everything begins with the ability to be able to read so even taking it to the basic level if you can't read you can't order off of a menu.
00:22:07.440 --> 00:22:21.120 Amy Zaslansky: You can't fill out a job application I you can't just move through the different educational levels to graduate high school the graduate college to become a productive member of society.
00:22:21.720 --> 00:22:39.480 Amy Zaslansky: And that's where we really saw how the book fairs was so impactful because we were providing these resources that that kids desperately needed to learn how to read to practice their reading skills, so they could break that cycle of poverty.
00:22:41.730 --> 00:22:42.270 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So.
00:22:43.410 --> 00:22:57.510 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What we try to highlight on this show everybody is is yes, the organizations that are solving the problems, but what I mean did you know, did you guys realize that 70% give me give me this 70% say tell me that.
00:22:57.690 --> 00:23:04.080 Amy Zaslansky: You think again, yes, so 70% of kids in New York, are reading below grade level.
00:23:04.800 --> 00:23:11.850 Amy Zaslansky: yeah and across America it's 54% can't read above a sixth grade level.
00:23:12.120 --> 00:23:12.600 Amy Zaslansky: So.
00:23:12.660 --> 00:23:16.710 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: It trickles 54% of adults can't read above us.
00:23:17.070 --> 00:23:28.470 Amy Zaslansky: Right, they can yeah they're reading below a sixth grade level so it's it's not just a New York state issue it's really the United States issue, and what that means.
00:23:28.800 --> 00:23:39.780 Amy Zaslansky: Is that it ends up costing the US over $2.2 trillion of our economy is lost to health care costs, where people are sent.
00:23:40.650 --> 00:23:55.440 Amy Zaslansky: People can't read the instructions from their doctors, so they end up going back to the hospital workman's COMP and and work accidents, because they can't read the instructions for how to operate machinery effectively and so.
00:23:56.580 --> 00:24:01.350 Amy Zaslansky: The good news is, if you want to look at this from a positive, because I think eileen and I are more of the.
00:24:01.380 --> 00:24:06.360 Amy Zaslansky: The optimist than the pessimists is that if we can get.
00:24:07.620 --> 00:24:18.840 Amy Zaslansky: People just graduating high school that's all we need if we can increase the number of people graduating high school and reading at a level three literacy rate, which is high school level reading.
00:24:19.920 --> 00:24:37.650 Amy Zaslansky: We can increase our the the GDP by 10% we can add that $2 trillion back into the economy, so this is not necessarily just oh these people can't read that so sad it's wow these people can't read are impacting.
00:24:38.130 --> 00:24:48.600 Amy Zaslansky: Everybody in America, and together we really can fix this problem and create a more sustainable society.
00:24:49.350 --> 00:24:49.560 Oh.
00:24:50.580 --> 00:25:01.980 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Look, not not to kind of put you guys on the spot now, though, but to make to say that that's that's in that first of all it's an incredible impact that we can make by by kind of turning this in a different direction.
00:25:03.390 --> 00:25:11.370 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Where does government fall into this and your experience is there, it will be on the State level or even if it's you know in Washington, have you as an organization.
00:25:11.970 --> 00:25:24.030 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Look you're doing incredible work so i'm not putting more on your back, but i'm curious like from the from the legislative perspective because you just said there's real dollars and cents in this if it's adjusted and fixed appropriately.
00:25:24.780 --> 00:25:29.940 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Have you done anything with with legislators or or pros to Albany New York or DC or any of that.
00:25:31.440 --> 00:25:31.800 Eileen The Book Fairies: Oh.
00:25:32.250 --> 00:25:39.810 Eileen The Book Fairies: Good I was just gonna say well we're a small organization we've small but mighty we've accomplished amazing stuff since.
00:25:40.440 --> 00:25:45.330 Eileen The Book Fairies: amy's garage two almost 3 million bucks it's crazy but i'm the only full time employee.
00:25:46.290 --> 00:25:56.250 Eileen The Book Fairies: amy has generously donated her time from almost is we're almost 10 years next year is our 10th year anniversary for 10 years she's been fighting this one book at a time.
00:25:56.550 --> 00:26:06.720 Eileen The Book Fairies: We don't have the bandwidth to go and do any kind of advocating we're literally our mission is books in inbox out, but there are a number of organizations out there, that that are fighting this.
00:26:06.990 --> 00:26:13.200 Eileen The Book Fairies: But when you talk about the inequities that are out there, and people are talking about, we need to level the playing field.
00:26:14.190 --> 00:26:23.490 Eileen The Book Fairies: and clearly literacy is not just the books, we know that, but without the books there's the problem, because if you don't have the tool you can't learn to read.
00:26:23.820 --> 00:26:29.010 Eileen The Book Fairies: So we can't fix all the problems of the world, but what we can do is, we can start one book at a time.
00:26:29.490 --> 00:26:34.140 Eileen The Book Fairies: So we know that there are studies out there, that if you're able to get books in front of kids that.
00:26:34.740 --> 00:26:50.790 Eileen The Book Fairies: from birth to third grade and give them the right number of access to books, make sure the teachers have the right number of books books in their classrooms and we know that it will help this process we're just a piece of the puzzle but we're an important piece.
00:26:51.930 --> 00:27:02.490 Eileen The Book Fairies: Books aren't going anywhere they shouldn't be going anywhere little kids should not be on tablets 24 hours a day, they should be having books in their hands, they should be learning how to read with a book in their hand.
00:27:03.090 --> 00:27:05.430 Eileen The Book Fairies: There are so many studies about that as well.
00:27:05.970 --> 00:27:13.560 Eileen The Book Fairies: But I can't say this enough, you want to make an impact, you want to change all the inequities that we're talking about support the book fairies.
00:27:13.830 --> 00:27:19.830 Eileen The Book Fairies: Because if we can get the books in the hands of the kids, then we can make a change one book at a time one child, at a time.
00:27:20.040 --> 00:27:26.640 Eileen The Book Fairies: And guess what if they're reading if they're not reading by third grade level there are more three times more likely to be an end up in jail.
00:27:27.120 --> 00:27:39.660 Eileen The Book Fairies: On welfare or worse we're all paying for that in the end point but most importantly those children who deserve it are paying for it today, so we need to take action, and we need to get the books in the hands of these children.
00:27:39.930 --> 00:27:49.230 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So I have 1500 questions but let's just start with the first one what took the support the book varies, I mean what does that mean, how does somebody support the book fairs.
00:27:49.980 --> 00:27:57.060 Eileen The Book Fairies: are first and foremost needs funding, because we need to have it, I just said to you i'm the only full time employee, we have three part time employees.
00:27:57.420 --> 00:28:06.570 Eileen The Book Fairies: Where I say all the time we're like five minutes short on a nine man field, so if we had the right people in the right seats that would be one thing.
00:28:06.840 --> 00:28:16.410 Eileen The Book Fairies: So funding would enable us to do that our warehouses generously donated by amy's family um but we're overflowing with books, so we can't we can't.
00:28:16.830 --> 00:28:21.510 Eileen The Book Fairies: We have tons of books that want to come in, we actually have a waiting list we have a waiting list to day.
00:28:21.870 --> 00:28:35.550 Eileen The Book Fairies: of educators, that one books that they can get them in the hands of their students, we can't get them to them, because we don't have a warehouse it's big enough, we don't have CDC and coven of kind of restructured how we flow the books.
00:28:36.750 --> 00:28:42.540 Eileen The Book Fairies: and getting them out, we don't have we have our special needs partners who do our transportation their outstanding.
00:28:42.990 --> 00:28:43.290 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I won't.
00:28:43.350 --> 00:28:49.980 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: hold that thought because we're gonna break, but I want to now, when we come back, I want to logistical i've seen it, but I want to know what actually happens because.
00:28:49.980 --> 00:28:51.930 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: people listening i've never heard of the book.
00:28:51.930 --> 00:28:54.570 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Fair some people might have never heard of Tommy do I don't know where you've been.
00:28:56.250 --> 00:28:58.590 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: A big deal i'll tell you all about it i'm.
00:29:01.860 --> 00:29:03.570 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: telling you it's not me eileen said it.
00:29:05.850 --> 00:29:09.060 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: will be back in two minutes, but when we come back we're gonna talk programming, I want to know.
00:29:09.270 --> 00:29:18.210 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The collaboration with the special needs community, I want to know what it looks like on that Sunday or to sunday's a month when people come well prior to coven and now, when we get more opened up.
00:29:18.660 --> 00:29:30.240 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: It is your friend your body your Pal apparently i'll show you the shirt again i'll show you thanks Linda Berman, the ringmaster Tommy the nonprofit sector connector in the attic as always we'll be right back in two minutes.
00:32:18.930 --> 00:32:28.290 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: 10am Eastern to 11am Eastern and joining me in the attic virtually at least or they may know amy's as Lansky the book fairs are gonna read something real quick before we jump into the conversation.
00:32:29.010 --> 00:32:38.640 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: The book fairies was founded by humans as Lansky a busy mom wanted to share her love of books, as well as her overflowing home library, with less fortunate children.
00:32:39.000 --> 00:32:43.860 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: She discovered that it was difficult to place for us books, with the children who would benefit most.
00:32:44.220 --> 00:32:52.800 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: fueled by her desire to make a difference in her Community she created the book fairs, which is a long island that's why hometown maybe long island based nonprofit organization.
00:32:53.460 --> 00:33:02.250 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: That accepts donations of new and gently used books and connects them with libraries, schools and organizations throughout the metropolitan New York area.
00:33:02.550 --> 00:33:09.600 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: who do not have funds to foster the love of reading for children's not only for the love of reading though gang right it's about.
00:33:09.930 --> 00:33:18.990 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: game changing stuff when we increase literacy okay amy just shared with us that we need to just by increasing people and getting them to a high school level.
00:33:19.290 --> 00:33:29.280 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And graduating from high school is a game changer the birds are chirping it's springtime I have to let you know, I have to call it out, because I hear the birds chirping outside my window, I really am in an attic it's not a joke.
00:33:29.670 --> 00:33:32.700 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Alright sounds good sounds good sounds like spring doesn't it.
00:33:32.760 --> 00:33:33.750 Eileen The Book Fairies: Yes, it does.
00:33:33.960 --> 00:33:34.500 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: A little birdie.
00:33:34.530 --> 00:33:35.520 Eileen The Book Fairies: Not a long winter.
00:33:35.670 --> 00:33:38.340 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Oh, my God yeah like lasted for like a year and a half, it feels.
00:33:38.340 --> 00:33:39.360 Eileen The Book Fairies: Like winter yes.
00:33:39.750 --> 00:33:49.800 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So i'm looking at programs i'm looking on the website children's programs Community programs I know a bit about the global literacy program where some books actually leave the States and then the special needs partnership.
00:33:50.610 --> 00:34:02.910 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: For somebody who's never come down to freeport never stepped foot nowhere House never seen what goes on tell me what what this why don't I have seen it but for all the people haven't seen and tell them what actually happens what's it all about.
00:34:04.470 --> 00:34:18.030 Amy Zaslansky: So i'll grab this one and and we are happy to have visitors come down at any point to take a look and see what we do at the book thing, but it is very exciting, we have, at any given time.
00:34:18.480 --> 00:34:35.520 Amy Zaslansky: About 1520 vans that are picking up books dropping off books, we have volunteers in the warehouse that are sorting every book checking them for aging condition we really only want to give out the best of the best books to encourage people to read and.
00:34:36.930 --> 00:34:41.610 Amy Zaslansky: The best part of it really is is how we pick up and deliver these books.
00:34:42.060 --> 00:34:48.480 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So they're not your friends they're not your employees, I mean you're only full time employees on the on the meeting with us so so Who are they.
00:34:48.840 --> 00:34:50.610 Amy Zaslansky: We don't we don't even own a van.
00:34:50.970 --> 00:34:51.660 Amy Zaslansky: You don't I don't.
00:34:51.750 --> 00:35:02.730 Amy Zaslansky: How do we get these 300 400 boxes in and back out is really through this incredible partnership that we have with the special needs community.
00:35:03.900 --> 00:35:14.820 Amy Zaslansky: And they had come to me years ago was actually life's work, which is a fantastic organization and had saw a posting that I had in a library requesting volunteers to help sort books.
00:35:15.630 --> 00:35:23.520 Amy Zaslansky: They showed up at my doorstep one day and said we're here to help and that created almost an eight year partnership.
00:35:23.880 --> 00:35:37.050 Amy Zaslansky: that's now grown into 34 special needs organizations almost 150 opportunities, a week for the special needs to help out not only us but but to really give back to the Community.
00:35:37.620 --> 00:35:43.740 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know before we move on, I just want to send I already mentioned them earlier in this program but shout out to you.
00:35:44.220 --> 00:35:50.010 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Linda Berman and Michael Kramer who are on the show last week at the corporate source, we talked to when Michael and I and.
00:35:50.580 --> 00:35:57.120 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: It was funny was the only show i've ever done not from the attic and that's a hashtag hashtag not in the attic I guess but.
00:35:57.780 --> 00:36:10.710 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Michael and I were chatting and there's so much community that comes when we have a job and I don't necessarily mean in the corporate source it's it's about a paid job, but in your case this this volunteer type work and these alliances that you have with these organizations.
00:36:11.820 --> 00:36:15.690 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: It gives us meaning, it gives us work when we have something we're doing and.
00:36:16.230 --> 00:36:25.230 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know, not this isn't a namby pamby thing like by the fact these individuals are spending their their days, making an impact for other people.
00:36:25.530 --> 00:36:29.850 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: That has so much value in it so yeah it's great for the book fairies it's great to move the books around but.
00:36:30.240 --> 00:36:44.670 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: wow what is the the net net like what is the impact the ripple effect of you said 34 different organizations that are involved that's that's that's incredible that's gonna ask you to name them all, because that will take too long i'm sorry I mean God.
00:36:44.760 --> 00:36:59.250 Eileen The Book Fairies: I was gonna say we love the corporate sauce and we love Linda Berman she's a huge supporter of ours, but what amy has created which I always give her credit because she's very she she thinks outside the box clearly we've done a lot with a little.
00:36:59.310 --> 00:37:14.670 Eileen The Book Fairies: You know, mostly volunteers, but this program is so impactful because it's part of one of the things that I enjoy seeing them coming in, because our special needs individuals are so valuable.
00:37:15.210 --> 00:37:25.170 Eileen The Book Fairies: They have so much to give to our Community, and they are truly right amy will tell you the backbone of what we do if we didn't have transportation for the books, we wouldn't exist.
00:37:25.230 --> 00:37:28.980 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Just couldn't do it, it doesn't matter you can get the books great, but now, when you do you can't move.
00:37:29.520 --> 00:37:40.500 Eileen The Book Fairies: And they and in our special needs individuals that that donate their their talent and their time to us, they understand it, they get it, they know that they're doing something good and they get it, that is for the children and.
00:37:40.980 --> 00:37:48.390 Eileen The Book Fairies: amy will also tell you that pre coven we had opportunities, where we would have them come in from pre vocational up you know training.
00:37:49.080 --> 00:37:56.580 Eileen The Book Fairies: They would learn sorting and different tasks like that, and then that would enable them to get other jobs outside of the book fairies.
00:37:57.510 --> 00:38:12.000 Eileen The Book Fairies: Again, if we had you know we're limited with space with coven so we weren't able to have that happen, but they continued throughout the year, you know they stopped for a while we all had to stop for a while, but the special needs really helped us to continue the books going.
00:38:12.420 --> 00:38:22.230 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Have you guys looked at one time, have you guys hooked in with my friend he's actually second episode of the show Dr Larry grew Blair from transitional services TSI ny over and white stone Queens.
00:38:23.370 --> 00:38:27.480 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: They have a bookstore on bell boulevard I actually sit on the board of the base side Business Association.
00:38:28.320 --> 00:38:41.970 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Also involved with TSI on their committees for a long time now, but they have a bookstore turn the page again, have you that's hooked in with them not to put you on the spot, but if not I, we need to make the meat Ave mccracken and and Dr Gruber, are you aware of TSI.
00:38:43.050 --> 00:38:43.230 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Is.
00:38:44.370 --> 00:38:57.180 Amy Zaslansky: But we're always happy to have more connections and deeper relationships I leans catchphrase that she says that i've really taken to heart is we serve more powerfully when we serve together.
00:38:57.720 --> 00:39:09.150 Amy Zaslansky: And so that's really our goal right now is to create an organization, where all of the book nonprofits are working together to.
00:39:09.540 --> 00:39:14.520 Amy Zaslansky: More formalized the organization that that we're running to be as effective as possible.
00:39:15.000 --> 00:39:25.590 Amy Zaslansky: And then outside of that I think the way that the book various has really thrived and grown as fast as it does is because it's really just based on the relationships that it has with other organizations.
00:39:26.190 --> 00:39:42.030 Amy Zaslansky: Because we're more of a third party distributor in terms of the books it's our relationships with the the schools, the correctional facilities, the soup kitchens, the people that have the boots on the ground that are doing the distribution of books.
00:39:42.060 --> 00:39:50.880 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Which we'll talk, what does that mean, like the correct again I sort of set it up, because I know, but what the correctional facilities that the soup kitchen, what are you talking about there.
00:39:51.780 --> 00:40:08.460 Amy Zaslansky: So let's let's just go back i'm more of the statistics side of things and and I think that this one was particularly impactful is that 85% of kids that interact with the juvenile justice system are functionally illiterate.
00:40:08.850 --> 00:40:09.990 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: 84% that and the.
00:40:10.170 --> 00:40:16.980 Amy Zaslansky: 77 Tommy 70% of people in prison can't read above a fourth grade level.
00:40:17.460 --> 00:40:21.150 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So you want to tell me there's something there man you think there might be a connection name I mean.
00:40:21.210 --> 00:40:22.440 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What are we talking about getting.
00:40:23.220 --> 00:40:41.460 Amy Zaslansky: The correlation between crime and illiteracy now, this is a Stat that I just found which really sums it up what what you're just saying about how they're connected is that if prisoners receive literacy remediation when they're in prison.
00:40:42.240 --> 00:40:53.340 Amy Zaslansky: there's only 16% chance that they'll return to prison the recidivism rate drops that significantly if they don't receive literacy training there's a 70% chance they're returning.
00:40:53.340 --> 00:41:04.980 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: To it by 70% that these folks are going to get jammed up again because they can't read okay listen up everybody who plugged into this program i'm cranky he's doing it again he's gonna start banging on the desk.
00:41:05.280 --> 00:41:07.920 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But 70% versus 60%.
00:41:08.220 --> 00:41:18.030 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: shout out to sister to fish Gerald my friend, the founder of our children in long island city I can't tell you what episode, but maybe 710 12 weeks ago she was on the Program.
00:41:18.360 --> 00:41:25.410 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Our children eight show you are, which is representative of the hours that moms lose with their children when they're incarcerated system, he was on the show.
00:41:25.620 --> 00:41:32.670 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I don't know if you guys know her, but we need to do it on the napkin you got the nod yeah I mean they're they're so special 70%.
00:41:33.390 --> 00:41:47.280 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: will have will end up back in in some sort of penitentiary system or if they're not literally if they haven't received literacy training 16% okay huge delta and you name me that's the impact that's what you got you doing.
00:41:48.060 --> 00:41:58.740 Amy Zaslansky: And so that's why with our programs, we have a specific program through a partnership with the New York public library, where we collect specific books for our correctional facilities.
00:41:59.010 --> 00:42:14.760 Amy Zaslansky: To engage people to want to read to provide a high interest books that's the biggest part of the book fairies is that it's not just about giving a book, it has to be a high interest engaging book that will make people want to put down there on the.
00:42:14.760 --> 00:42:23.940 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Road and it's got to be relevant sorry to cut you off it's gotta be something I personally am interested in, or this individual is interested in right it, you know just because I can.
00:42:24.270 --> 00:42:32.640 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Bring the old collars encyclopedias that my mom has an erotic that's not going to do it right it's got that's relevant to somebody that is.
00:42:33.120 --> 00:42:46.620 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know, whether it be suicidally in their community or just germane to what their interests are, how do you figure that out, how do you figure out what like do you get a shopping list from the the the jails and prisons and how do you know what you're looking for.
00:42:47.190 --> 00:43:01.410 Amy Zaslansky: yeah in this case we do it's very specific as to what they're looking for and the type of book that they are able to receive, so it is a specialty in terms with our volunteers to know exactly what kind of books.
00:43:02.130 --> 00:43:13.440 Amy Zaslansky: Not only for the the correctional facilities, but for any of the other organizations that we partner with we We really need to tailor the books to fit the organization's needs.
00:43:13.590 --> 00:43:21.300 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: So much here this wasn't just let's hook up the Hempstead school district of the school that needed 3000 bucks look when you peel back that onion there is.
00:43:21.690 --> 00:43:26.370 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: First of this so much society effective what you're doing but it's also very specific in the need.
00:43:26.790 --> 00:43:32.880 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Thank you, both for being in the attic we're not done yet i'm just saying thank you because I don't think I said, thank you enough yet, thank you for being here.
00:43:33.150 --> 00:43:38.580 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: we're coming back right after this when we come back, I want to hear about the redefined quickly, I want to hear about.
00:43:38.880 --> 00:43:48.480 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: how people can engage with the book fairies and how they can support the book fairs, so we will be back in two minutes with amy and eileen from the book fairies we'll be right back, thank you.
00:46:05.760 --> 00:46:10.950 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: join in a freaking attic man quadrophenia because i'm telling great stories i'm amplifying the message.
00:46:11.580 --> 00:46:18.870 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: But buddy Michael gerber and loves when I say that amplifying the message for nonprofit organizations, because I think it's critically important that we do just that.
00:46:19.290 --> 00:46:29.370 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And maybe I you know if I think back in my mind, maybe some of it is because my buddy can serene found that the management awards and the imagine awards is so critical first on long island and now in New York City.
00:46:29.850 --> 00:46:40.950 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: didn't you guys when the fan favorite American award this year eileen amy is that right, I didn't even know, I was gonna do that halfway through the sentence I realized, I was going to just spin that um.
00:46:41.310 --> 00:46:42.240 You guys, we did.
00:46:43.800 --> 00:46:49.830 Eileen The Book Fairies: We won the fan favorite which was meant the world to us because that means that people were voting for us and.
00:46:50.520 --> 00:46:57.780 Eileen The Book Fairies: We pulled that out, and we have, we would be remiss if we didn't thank can surena in the industry, new team, because when we talk about funding.
00:46:58.710 --> 00:47:04.290 Eileen The Book Fairies: there's a number of different revenue streams that come in what Simeon associates has done is they've.
00:47:05.190 --> 00:47:14.970 Eileen The Book Fairies: wrapped their arms around us in our mission and they decided to adopt us as a charity of choice for to present to their customers so for every.
00:47:15.270 --> 00:47:23.370 Eileen The Book Fairies: billable hour that they do, they put a book in a kid's hands, so how impactful is that to you know when you're looking for an account nori or an organization.
00:47:23.730 --> 00:47:36.150 Eileen The Book Fairies: I like people who get it and want to give back to the Community, and so, if I know that a portion of the money that i'm paying you is going to help somebody else that's a win, win so shout out to Ken and his team for.
00:47:36.150 --> 00:47:39.870 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Sure hundred percent Ken is a very good friend of mine good friend of the show and.
00:47:39.900 --> 00:47:40.590 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I will tell you.
00:47:40.680 --> 00:47:47.820 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: it's it's that commitment to the nonprofit sector, the imagine awards, the whole thing it's it's that commitment that really makes the biggest impact and.
00:47:48.420 --> 00:48:02.730 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: What a what a great way for for a for profit business to align itself with a nonprofit I talked a lot about strategic alliances let's let's talk about the redefined let's talk about the future of this organization eileen and and and tell me what you need.
00:48:03.960 --> 00:48:14.160 Eileen The Book Fairies: Funding funding funding funding, we need funding amy will you know where she's a founder, I was like I respect her i'm so we always have this honest conversation about.
00:48:14.550 --> 00:48:24.480 Eileen The Book Fairies: We did so much in the beginning on the arms of volunteers and it was amazing We grew all these programs were going up and up and up but we didn't have the pylons to hold the bridge.
00:48:24.900 --> 00:48:33.600 Eileen The Book Fairies: To you need funding, you need people in seats, you need infrastructure and that's what we've been working on for the last couple of years is getting infrastructure.
00:48:34.500 --> 00:48:41.340 Eileen The Book Fairies: You know locked and loaded within the organization, but funding is our top priority, so that we can actually keep the books.
00:48:41.850 --> 00:48:52.020 Eileen The Book Fairies: sustain what we're doing now, and hopefully increase it so that there is no waitlist that there's just were flooding the underserved communities with as many books as they need.
00:48:52.320 --> 00:49:00.210 Eileen The Book Fairies: That we're filling the void until the government or whoever figures out how the best work this out because amy and I would both be happy to.
00:49:00.540 --> 00:49:13.080 Eileen The Book Fairies: find other things to do if we knew that kids would be taken care of but until they're not take until that day, we want to be able to flood these with, and what I love about amy and she saw hole and she's trying to fill it.
00:49:13.290 --> 00:49:21.030 Eileen The Book Fairies: She didn't just try to come up with something that was you know, whatever made her happy she saw a whole she's trying to fill it and we're trying to figure out how we can best do it.
00:49:21.420 --> 00:49:32.850 Eileen The Book Fairies: The redesign is our biggest fundraiser of the year, it is an opportunity for everybody to get engaged, we have corporate sponsorships we have individuals can go on today, create a page.
00:49:33.120 --> 00:49:41.850 Eileen The Book Fairies: And they can go out and they can ask their circle of friends to invest in our mission, we have 1000 people get $100 would be $100,000.
00:49:42.210 --> 00:49:51.630 Eileen The Book Fairies: it's as simple as that $100 is not a lot to get you can get that from your friends from your mom from your grandmother from your Community $100 that's all we're asking.
00:49:52.110 --> 00:50:00.030 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: for getting through so I put a little page out there again your boy Tommy do you plan to refocus nonprofit sector connect and guiding the article great hair I put something out.
00:50:00.690 --> 00:50:10.650 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I slip that one in there, I put something out there, so if you want to support me you love the show here's what you can do I don't even know how to tell you to get to it so send me an email, how do I, how do I tell them to get to my page.
00:50:11.940 --> 00:50:16.410 Eileen The Book Fairies: We can we can put it out i'll give you the link and you can put on your social media page.
00:50:16.710 --> 00:50:30.750 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I have a I have a page I put 50 bucks in there i'd like you guys to help me out with that so if this is impactful if the last 20 episodes show have an impact on please, please do that but send me a note Tommy D dot nyc on the instagram send me an email Tommy.
00:50:31.770 --> 00:50:42.120 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Tommy the avalanche pain focus calm PhD us um but so that's the big fundraiser fundraiser the redefined and that's going through the end of this month right.
00:50:42.450 --> 00:50:43.020 Eileen The Book Fairies: Yes.
00:50:43.440 --> 00:50:44.250 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Through about money.
00:50:44.280 --> 00:50:46.560 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: it's about like read 30 minutes a day there's more.
00:50:46.830 --> 00:50:47.730 Eileen The Book Fairies: it's like any.
00:50:47.790 --> 00:50:52.650 Eileen The Book Fairies: A thon a marathon walk us on we're asking people to commit to reading for 30 minutes a day.
00:50:52.950 --> 00:51:01.890 Eileen The Book Fairies: But while you're committing to reading 30 minutes a day we want you to also committed to bringing in your circle into our mission making people aware of what we do.
00:51:02.280 --> 00:51:11.190 Eileen The Book Fairies: And I can't hammer this home enough because there's so much out there in the news about inequality and all all that's going on in our world, and we all know that a lot of it exists.
00:51:11.580 --> 00:51:23.460 Eileen The Book Fairies: We are a conduit to stopping so much of it if we educate our children, the cycle of poverty that stems from illiteracy changes you change the trajectory of these children.
00:51:23.730 --> 00:51:30.540 Eileen The Book Fairies: It starts with the book and reading essential reading is essential and it starts with the book and we can't get these books in these kids hands.
00:51:30.840 --> 00:51:42.690 Eileen The Book Fairies: You know, we just went through the gamut of what could happen let's change the trajectory let's get these kids get educated and give them the since a kid in one zip code should have the same access to books as a kid in a higher income area.
00:51:44.460 --> 00:51:48.300 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: yeah we're not talking about the Third World here getting a freakin long island okay.
00:51:48.300 --> 00:51:48.510 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: yeah.
00:51:48.690 --> 00:51:49.200 Eileen The Book Fairies: you're alone.
00:51:50.130 --> 00:51:56.490 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know how it is sorry I mean we're stepping on each other if you know with long island, you know, like we're it's dense it's.
00:51:56.850 --> 00:52:05.190 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: You know, you have the haves and you have to have nothing's like literally next to each other and that's not right it's tragic we don't have time for me to get cranky and you know.
00:52:06.090 --> 00:52:15.780 Eileen The Book Fairies: But what i'm trying to say is you, people who are listening have the power to make a difference and they can support us create a page make a donation get involved, you know.
00:52:16.230 --> 00:52:29.130 Eileen The Book Fairies: there's there's it's simple put a book in a kids hands let's get our goal through code was to get 10 books and eat in a kids home because that's that's the start of creating the papcastle literacy.
00:52:30.120 --> 00:52:39.600 Eileen The Book Fairies: We need funding to do that so get involved, give us, you know figure out ways to invite your friends and and help us to raise awareness and funds for our mission.
00:52:39.870 --> 00:52:43.650 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Tell me a quick story tell me a story about so it's been 10 years now we're be 10 years.
00:52:44.040 --> 00:52:54.810 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: That means you've been impacted young people who are not young people in, or is there a story that you can share with me about somebody who's come back to the book fairies and said, as a result amy of you doing this thing here's how my life is sort of change.
00:52:56.430 --> 00:53:02.400 Amy Zaslansky: You know it's interesting because we don't deal directly with individuals we more get the stories from teachers.
00:53:03.480 --> 00:53:07.590 Amy Zaslansky: that's that's where the strength of our mission really comes through.
00:53:08.700 --> 00:53:20.400 Amy Zaslansky: One thing that I want to share which, which is very surprising is that they found as as kids learn how to read and they become more literate they become more engaged in class.
00:53:20.760 --> 00:53:33.060 Amy Zaslansky: And they've noticed that the behaviors of the kids start to drop and so situations where kids are being sent to detention, the numbers are dropping significantly and kids are staying in school.
00:53:33.960 --> 00:53:42.030 Amy Zaslansky: they're more engaged and they're more involved, we just had recently a teacher pick up books and there's a student living in a homeless shelter.
00:53:42.510 --> 00:54:01.470 Amy Zaslansky: He can choose from anything as a behavior reward in order to keep him engaged and he has now chosen books as his behavior reward you know it's not about a toy or a game or free time and so that's where we really see the true impact it.
00:54:02.220 --> 00:54:02.910 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: doesn't just.
00:54:03.750 --> 00:54:14.820 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: doesn't it just make sense, like Why am I acting out what goes on board so i'm not engaged because it doesn't make sense to me or i'm having difficulty learning or reading right so, but now I can read it now i'm enthusiastic so it's kind of.
00:54:15.510 --> 00:54:23.040 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Not to make it basic, but it seems kind of basic to me like that that's sort of I was on the phone with with a new friend of mine, this morning we were chatting and.
00:54:24.180 --> 00:54:33.450 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: And this individual mentioned that you know learning disabilities dyslexia, and things like that that go on or used to go on under.
00:54:34.950 --> 00:54:35.790 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Under noticed or.
00:54:35.820 --> 00:54:46.800 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Right or unrecognized Thank you yeah and diagnose, you know these are the things like wine kids act out, you know, sometimes it's just because i'm bored and i'm not into this thing, but other times it's like because.
00:54:47.280 --> 00:54:58.890 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: It doesn't i'm having trouble communicating it's not working here, so I love what you guys are doing it we're almost at time so here's what I want you to do for me, how do we get in touch with How do people get in touch with you to support the book fairs.
00:54:59.880 --> 00:55:01.740 Eileen The Book Fairies: They can go to our website at.
00:55:01.800 --> 00:55:04.470 Eileen The Book Fairies: The book fairies.org they can.
00:55:04.500 --> 00:55:17.280 Eileen The Book Fairies: email us at info at the book fairies.org they can follow us on Facebook that's a great way to see what's going on and happening or instagram where where the the book series on Facebook and where the book fairies New York on instagram.
00:55:18.690 --> 00:55:28.530 Eileen The Book Fairies: We would love any any opportunity to introduce you to our our mission and our message, because it's simple reading is essential and it starts with a book.
00:55:29.220 --> 00:55:38.580 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Thank you so much, thank you amy Thank you eileen for the impact you've made the impact you're going to continue to make, and I love the alliance, you have the founder and the current ED I love it I want and I.
00:55:39.570 --> 00:55:48.450 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I know a bit about what you're going through together working together, but I want to watch this and watch you guys grow together and take this thing to the next level so here's a couple things I want everybody else to listen in for.
00:55:49.440 --> 00:56:00.090 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: Stay tuned my buddy Steve, for I will be here, right after me the SMB guy he's gonna have shades on, we should probably cleaning the lenses on his sunglasses so we can put them on that Steve show it's Friday it's always Friday love you sleep.
00:56:00.840 --> 00:56:10.440 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: After that Jeremiah fox entrepreneurial the web, Joseph McElroy wise content creates wealth he'll be rounding off this for show block on Fridays next week, I want you to join me.
00:56:10.800 --> 00:56:18.210 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: solace House so Alice house provides confidential therapeutic counseling for anyone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts or suicidal distress.
00:56:18.540 --> 00:56:29.490 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: As well as those who are engaging in self harm or considering that they will be here next week actually it's a twofer again Daniel Gallagher and Elizabeth mcginnis will be here in the attic with Tommy do.
00:56:30.360 --> 00:56:33.630 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: I want you to come in and plug in for that show how do you find me Tommy D.
00:56:33.900 --> 00:56:44.400 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: dot nyc on the instagram I always tell you nyc stands for New York City, I say that the break my kids chops because they say dad they know what nyc means today dot nyc the nonprofit sector connector send me an email, if you want to catch up.
00:56:44.670 --> 00:56:50.700 Tommy D #TheNonProfitSectorConnector: comedy I philanthropy and focus amy, thank you for being here eileen, thank you for being here, everybody make it a great weekend.
00:56:51.150 --> 00:56:51.480 Eileen The Book Fairies: Thanks.
00:56:52.110 --> 00:56:53.160 Eileen The Book Fairies: So much, thank you.