September DeClutter For Good Book Drive ~ BOOKS ~ Drop-Off Info & All the Details

UPDATE: In addition to the Time & Tide Art Show, donations are also being accepted at Ipswich High School Curriculum Night, 9/22. Curriculum Night begins at 7pm. We will have a table to drop books at beginning at 6:30.  Email to make alternative arrangements including plenty of time to drop off at the pre-launch office on Route 1 in Ipswich.
WHAT types of BOOKS are accepted?
 With the exception of anything moldy or really musty, ALL categories of books are accepted. Parenting and kids books I often set aside for local family service organizations and some self-help types for shared use at Time Well Spent. All books will find their way to a great new home!

DeClutter Your Books For Good! to benefit

 and other local service organizations

 Special Drop-Off Night at

 4 Market Street, Ipswich, MA

 Opening Night of their

 Masquerade & Illusion Show

 Friday Evening, September 17th

 from 7pm to 9pm

 I will be there! Will you?

If you can’t make it to the Art Show, there will be plenty of time to drop your donations by the pre-launch office. Local friends and neighbors can drop at my house (but let me know first!)

What’s it all about? New to the concept? Don’t know about More Than Word? Read on…

Along with helping to clear the clutter in our homes one manageable topic at a time, the goal of the DeClutter For Good drives is to shine a light on the needs that exist among those less fortunate and on the good work already being done to help those who are experiencing rough times.  Rather than just providing this information to you, taking the blinders off to the problems that exist and adding to a sense of overwhelm and burden, the intent of the D4G drives is also to empower individuals to make a difference by making it easy to help. Through Time Well Spent, I strive to facilitate the process of helping others and, by so doing, helping the environment and ourselves.

It’s been almost a year since we’ve collectively decluttered our books and the time is always right to purge through the piles and stacks that inevitably overtake our shelves, bookcases and tabletops. Books are great, making them extra hard to part with. But, too many books? They just add to the clutter and stress.  It’s so much easier when we know our books will be put to good use!  And, so, September’s DeClutter For Good donation drive will be a book drive, not just to get ’em out of your way, but to provide them to local service organizations helping those in need.  That’s what DeCluttering For Good is all about.

The main recipient organization of the donated books will be More Than Words of Waltham, MA. Long-time TWS friends will recognize the name of this hybrid social enterprise. Briefly, More Than Words helps at-risk teens take control of their lives by taking control of a business.  Along the way, life skills are learned, self-esteem is increased and community attitudes are changed. Social entrepreneur and MTW Founder Jodi Rosenbaum is a tireless advocate for social enterprise, in general, and of her mission, in particular. As such, she is an amazing role model for me.  Time spent checking out the MTW website or their facebook page is definitely worthwhile. Time Well Spent has donated over 2,000 books to More Than Words to date with drives in October 2008 (post includes discussion of stakeholder impact), January 2009 and November 2009.  Help us increase that total to 3000!

Other recipient organizations of books from past drives have included Cornerstones Ipswich and Lynn Community Health Center. I’ll be checking in to see whether they have any specific need for books from this drive. If you know of a local (north of Boston) organization that could use some donated books, as well, please encourage them to be in touch with a reply to this newsletter, a call to my cellphone (617.548.6340) or a shout out on the TWS facebook page or to my twitter page.

Depending on the titles that come in, a small number of books that fall into the inspirational and changemaking categories of Time Well Spent’s SOS (Sharing Our Stuff) Resource Library may be added to our growing collection. To read more about the vision for this space for shared resources, energy and ideas, click here.





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