Felicia The Geeky Blogger here. I am a lover of audiobooks, libraries, walking, crocheting, quilting, and of course my furrball children (Tonks, Cinder, and Elizabeth aka Lizzie–yes all after characters in books).
I was so thrilled to be asked to put together a warm up post for Dewey’s Read-A-Thon! I am going to be talking about reading for charity. Something I have done the last 5 times and feel it is a great way to stay motivated/give back to the community.
First though, a little history about my journey with the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. My first Dewey’s Read-a-Thon (in 2009) was done as a cheerleader. I learned a ton and had a great time. It was a great way to get acquainted with the different ways that people approached reading for 24 hours: some did it in groups, some did it with lots of caffeine, and some did it by tackling short quick reads that would keep reading fresh. When in 2010, I decided to tackle the read-a-thon as a reader I was geared with a plan: a combo of all 3 of the ways I learned as a cheerleader. This worked ok for me (other than I found out I am not a group reader) but I found that I needed something more to keep me going. Starting in 2011, I implemented the reading for charity part of the plan. Then in 2013, I implemented the getting up to move every hour for at least 5 min and hit my highest participation number yet: 22 hours. I think I have finally found the “sweet” spot for keeping myself going!
Let’s talk the “How-To’s” of Reading for Charity (I have tweaked these over the years to get the most I can out of the Read-a-Thon):
Reading for charity is great for motivation. It keeps you going when the wind is leaving your sails. It makes you excited about finishing books, getting another hour in, and getting comments! In other words, it makes you excited about pushing your boundaries because you aren’t just reading for yourself.
Here is how I determine the amount to give to charity (I always fight for a chance to host a mini-challenge because this helps get my total to charity bigger):
$5 for each book read
$5 for each hour listened (this is great for getting up and doing some exercise to keep the blood pumping)
25 cents for each comment
25 cents for every entry in my mini-challenge
$5 for each hour missed
If you are interested in reading for charity for Dewey’s but giving dollars is not in your budget right now, consider doing it for volunteer time. There are tons of charities that accept hands on help (Local Food Shelters, Animal Shelters, Church Organizations, Parks, Schools, etc) and even some that accept virtual help:
Here is an example of how I would determine time for that (adjust for what fits your time budget):
1 hour for each book read
1 hour for each hour listened
15 min for each comment
15 min for entry to mini-challenge (if hosting)
1 hour for every hour missed.
I am very proud of the fact that I have donated the following amounts to various charities because of this readathon:
Oct 2013: $89.50 (animal charity)
April 2013: $125.00 (I had a matching donor so it ended up being $250) (reading charity)
Oct 2012: $45.00 (animal charity)
April 2012: $56.50 (reading charity)
Oct 2011: $90.50 (animal charity)
I really hope that you will consider reading for charity this time around! I would love to see more people doing it. Please let me know if you are reading for charity! I would love to comment and cost you a little money or time 🙂
This April I will be reading for the Richardson Adult Literacy Center again. Here is their mission statement:
The Richardson Adult Literacy Center transforms lives by providing free English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to adults who live or work in Richardson or Richardson ISD area. These adults want to learn or improve their English so they can gain better employment, help their children in school and become more involved community members.
I can’t wait for the April 26th! I hope to see you then and please stop by to cost me a little money. The folks at RALC will appreciate it!
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
Felicia The Geeky Blogger