From lending a few hours of packing books to helping us run festivals in the Caribbean to corporate support, our volunteers are making a meaningful contribution. Maybe that includes you!

Every day Canadians contribute both their money and time to improve the well-being of their communities. The benefits of volunteering and giving may be even broader for society. [Volunteerism] contributes to social cohesion’ – by increasing social trust, reciprocity and sense of belonging.

StatsCan 2015 General Social Survey: Volunteering and charitable giving in Canada

We depend on volunteers.

A casual conversation with Staples employee Scott Bruyea was the catalyst for his family to get involved. Scott and wife Karen stacked and labelled over 19,000 lbs of books for St. Lucia.

Joan Richardson and her husband Merv exemplify the power of giving back. For three years, they’ve reserved books from Friends of the Guelph Library annual sale for our ever-growing inventory of gently used books.

Tom Best and First Book Canada generously make hundreds of new books available to us at no cost which we send to school libraries in the Caribbean.

The business of giving back.

Since the start, Kim Nelson and Royal Containers provide our custom-labelled boxes free of charge. Cavalier Logistics discount their rates so we’re able to drop off box supplies to schools and pick-up all our donated books. Without the generosity of Ken Chitolie at KLC Shipping and Jake Amso at Freight Partners International our shipments by truck, boat and air would not be affordable.

In Their Own Words

VOLUNTEER IN CANADA OR THE CARIBBEAN

Packing books or volunteering at Rainforest of Reading festivals in the Eastern Caribbean is an ongoing task – made lighter with the participation of students and adults. If you’re available to spend a few hours at our office in Guelph or in the warehouse in Bolton – or if you’d like to come to St. Lucia for March 2017, send us an e-mail and we’ll put you on our newsletter distribution list.

Find 52: The Road to Reading in Grenada
In February 2015, Richard ran right around Grenada, a distance of 52 miles. 52 "Mile Captains" raised $40,000.

If we want to make this world a better place, then we have to become better ourselves. There is no easy route.

DALAI LAMA

The future is always beginning now. Each moment is a place you've never been.

MARK STRAND
Poet (1934-2014)

Reading brings us unknown friends.

HONORÉ DE BALZAC
Novelist (1799-1850)

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.

MARTIN TUPPER
Author (1810-1889)

It is by acts and not ideals that people live.

ANATOLE FRANCE
Author (1844-1924)

If you believe what you read...you can, quite literally, believe anything.

NORTHROP FRYE
Professor, Philosopher (1912-1991)
And the Winner in Montserrat is....
Marlaina White (Left) announces the Second Annual Rainforest of Reading Award to Illustrator Jan Dolby (Middle) and Author Joyce Grant for "Gabby."

At the moment that we persuade a child, any child to cross...that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever.

BARACK OBAMA

Life is too deep for words so don't try to describe it, just live it.

C. S. Lewis
Author, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Challenging literacy development
Although English is the official language of St. Lucia, Krewyol is spoken as much or more outside the classroom.

I read. I travel. I become.

DEREK WALCOTT
St. Lucian author & 1992 Nobel Laureate
Out of this world
After reading "Postcards from Outer Space' a student in Montserrat is inspired to be the next Chris Hadfield.

Too many people grow up. That's the trouble with the world.

WALT DISNEY
(1901-1966)

Start some kind words on its travels. There is no telling where the good it may do will stop.

Sir Wilfred Grenfell
Humanitarian, Medical Missionary (1865-1940)

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

WILLIAM JAMES
Philosopher, Psychologist (1842-1910)

All I know is what I have words for.

Ludwig Wittgenstein
It's a long story
Books packed by kids in Ontario for their peers in the Caribbean travel 1,800 kilometres by road then another 5,275 kilometres by container ship.

Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.

KOFI ANNAN
Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006)

If you get the right [words] in the right order, you might nudge the world a little.

Sir Tom Stoppard
Playwright