8 Pieces of Advice from 8 Interns

8 Pieces of Advice from 8 Interns

Bernie’s Book Bank is proud to offer internships to qualified high school and university students who are interested in using their time and talent to support our mission of increasing book ownership among at-risk Chicagoland children. Internship positions are available in a variety of departments in order to deliver a rewarding and personal real-world experience […]

Creating Community: Chapter 3

Creating Community: Chapter 3

“Everything happens for a reason.” It’s the type of phrase that a freshman in college gets tattooed on their ribs in flowing script, the type of phrase a grandparent optimistically proclaims when a child spills their freshly prepared ice cream all over the floor. This saying, both cliched and somehow profound, has been ingrained into […]

Creating Community: Chapter 2

Creating Community: Chapter 2

The Lake Forest High School Transition Program is designed to prepare students with disabilities, aged 18-22, with the “social, vocational, and personal management skills” necessary to become an engaged and supportive component of their communities. One of the most helpful activities for students in the program is volunteering. Volunteering gives these students the chance to […]

Creating Community: Chapter 1

Creating Community: Chapter 1

The doors slide open to another group of Wednesday volunteers at 9:30 AM. Corporate workers from the surrounding area shuffle in, wearily rubbing their eyes. Alongside them, middle-school aged students excitedly run circles around their teachers. It is the earliest volunteering time-slot at Bernie’s Book Bank, and everyone gathers together at the front of the […]

2019 AbbVie Week of Possibilities

2019 AbbVie Week of Possibilities

AbbVie Week of possibilities is an annual tradition in which 9,000 dedicated employees donate their time and talent to local communities worldwide. Bernie’s Book Bank has been lucky enough to reap the benefits of AbbVie’s selfless efforts for the past four years. Starting June 10, more than 1,000 volunteers took over our processing center to […]

Golden Apple Scholars Volunteer at Bernie’s Book Bank

Golden Apple Scholars Volunteer at Bernie’s Book Bank

Think there are a lot of people in this photo? Now picture double the number of eager teachers! Earlier this summer, Bernie’s Book Bank hosted more than 200 volunteers from the Golden Apple Foundation, making it one of the largest volunteers sessions in history. These aspiring teachers and Golden Apple Scholars helped sort and prepare […]

2018 AbbVie Week of Possibilities

2018 AbbVie Week of Possibilities

This year, AbbVie hosted it’s fifth annual “Week of Possibilities” global volunteering program, June 18-22. For the third year, AbbVie has selected Bernie’s Book Bank as one of their nonprofit volunteer partners in Lake County, Illinois. AbbVie volunteers donned their team t-shirts and filled the processing center each day ready to serve.  In fact, they […]