We are an ALL-VOLUNTEER group of caring individuals interested in improving the world through literacy and education. We donate hand-selected books to communities in need around the world. Every book we donate has the potential to teach critical literacy skills, improve reading fluency, build proficiency in the English language, increase knowledge and spark imaginations, curiosity and a love of learning.
Our volunteers range in age from high schoolers to senior citizens. Our volunteers have a wide variety of backgrounds in academia, business and non-profit work.
All are welcome! Please go to the 'Contact us' page to inquire about volunteering alongside our amazing volunteers!
Due to the pandemic volunteer opportunities are limited. Contact us, but know that some opportunities are currently on hold.
We were founded in May of 1949 when Mrs. Gordon Lamont of Darien conceived the idea of sending good reading material to share the American way of life with war-torn Europe. Gathering some friends together and with the help of Ambassador John Davis Lodge and other government officials and generous contributions from Darien residents, Darien Book Aid Plan was formed. Book collection containers were placed in stores, schools, and churches in Darien. The Red Cross, school children, and the Kiwanis Club helped with the collections. The women first worked in an old school building with no heat or facilities. By wearing gloves, sweaters, and ski suits they persevered. After stints in several makeshift quarters, they purchased the old Noroton Fire House in 1959. Book Aid has been at 1926 Post Road ever since. For many years, we enjoyed financial support from the government -- first from the State Department and then from the Peace Corps. Currently we have no government or other organization affiliation. We depend on private contributions to pay our shipping costs. Darien Book Aid started as a women’s volunteer group; men were invited to join in 1986. They have been a vital part of the organization ever since. The four boxes shipped in 1949 are now 20-30 boxes each week. Between 16 and 20 tons each year go to 190 countries and all 50 of the United States.
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