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A NATIONAL NON-PROFIT RESOURCE FOR FAMILIES, CHILD CARE PROVIDERS, AND CHILD-RELATED ORGANIZATIONS

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Soho believes in children's literacy.  That's why the Soho Center has given
over $8 million of quality children's books to 
Virginia's 1,026 Head Start Classrooms,
UVa Children's Hospital, the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU,
92 Public Libraries, and over 1,000 Early Childhood Classrooms, After-School Programs,
  Family Child Care Homes, and Home-Visitor Programs. And there's more to come!

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For a one-minute video update on Soho's Book Giveaways, please Click Here
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For a 30-second video of Soho's "Free Books" Carts at UVa Children's Hospital, please Click Here
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For a 32-second video of 150,000 books arriving at Soho's warehouse, please Click Here

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The Soho Center believes in the importance of children's literacy and good books.  We want infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and school-age childrent o have the chance to enjoy looking at quality children's books, hearing them read aloud, and practicing their emerging reading skills. And we want to help children to love reading and to learn to read well.

For details on Soho's large-scale Book Giveaways to enhance children's literacy and promote a love of reading, please click the buttons below.


Over 195,000 Books to Head Start

The Soho Center has given over 195,000 quality, hardcover children's books to every one of the 1,026 Head Start classrooms across Virginia.  Head Start classrooms use Soho's quality books for daily classroom use and for family lending libraries. (Please click button to see how we do our Book Giveaways and what children and teachers have written about the books)

Over 200,000 Books for
UVa Children's Hospital
Soho has given over 200,000 quality children's books to UVa Children's Hospital for sick children and their siblings.  Soho will give UVA Children's Hospital an additional 80,000 books this coming year.  Books are given away at UVa Children's Hospital, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and by UVa pediatricians in various locations.  (Please click button for details - including a 30-second video)

Thousands of Books for Boys & Girls Clubs
Soho has given thousands of quality children's books and writing journals to all Boys & Girls Clubs in Central Virginia and other areas of Virginia.  (Please click button for details)


Thousands of Books for Public Libraries
Soho has given many thousands of children's books to 92 public libraries in Virginia for their summer reading / feeding programs. Soho will donate thousands of additional books to libraries in the coming year.  (Please click button for details and photos)

Over 40,000 Books for State-wide Education Conferences
Soho has given over 40,000 children's books to early childhood educators, family child care providers, and after-school programs.  Collections of books are given to participants attending annual professional development conferences across Virginia each year. (Please click button for details and photos)

Over 100,000 Books for
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Soho has given the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU over 100,000 quality children's books for sick children and their siblings.  Soho will give the Hospital an additional 30,000 books this coming year.  (Please click button for details)

Books for Home Visitor Programs

Soho has given, and will continue to give, thousands of children's books to nonprofit organizations across Virginia to give to low-income parents and children at parenting sessions and home visits.  (Please click button for details and photos)

15,000 Writing Journals for PVCC Students

Soho has given 15,000 writing journals to Piedmont Virginia Community College as a gift for their students.
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Over 10,000 Books for ToyLift
Soho has given over 10,000 children's books to ToyLift  to be given to children in Charlottesville and Central Virginia as Holiday gifts. (Please click button for details and photos)

Over 15,000 Books for Novant Health - UVA Health System in Culpeper
Soho has given the hospital over 15,000 quality children's books for children in their birthing center, pediatrics practices, Wellness Facility, and ER. (Please click button for details)

Regional Church Libraries

Soho has helped create libraries of quality children's books in rural churches to encourage literacy, school readiness, and school success. (Please click button for details and photos)

Supporting UVa's Hospital Education Program
Soho has helped to expand the in-house library at the Hospital used to teach young hospitalized patients and their siblings. (Please click button for details and photos)

Friend of Head Start

Soho's Director, Jeanna Beker, receives "Friend Of Head Start Award" at the Head Start Association's annual conference. (Please click button for details and photos)

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Books for Public Schools in Low-Income Communities
Soho would like to give tens of thousands of quality children's books to public elementary schools and public middle schools in low-income communities to promote children's literacy, support emerging reading skills, help narrow the achievement gap for low-income children, and foster a love of reading.  Please contact us at 540-923-5012 if you would like to support this project.

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Books for Children's Hospitals
Soho would like to give tens of thousands of quality children's books to additional children's hospitals. These books would be given away to toddlers to teens at hospital visits, doctor visits, and at pediatric clinics to ease anxiety and encourage children's literacy.  Please contact us at 540-923-5012 if you would like to support this project.


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Books for Title I Kindergarten and First Grade Classrooms
Soho would like to give over 100,000 quality children's books to Title I kindergarten and first grade classrooms to promote children's literacy, support emerging reading skills, and help narrow the achievement gap for low-income children.  300,000 Title I children will be able to read these books each day in their classrooms.  Please contact us at 540-923-5012 if you would like to support this project.


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Books for Home Visitors
Soho would like to give 50,000 quality children's books to parent-educators who do home visits in order to enhance children's literacy and school readiness as well as to help narrow the achievement gap for low income children. Please contact us at 540-923-5012 if you would like to support this project.


SEEKING FUNDING - Books for Military-based Children's Programs
Soho would like to donate age-appropriate quality children's books to early childhood programs and Boys & Girls Clubs on military bases in Virginia. Soho would also like to donate quality children's books to a children's hospital that serves military families.  Please contact us at 540-923-5012 if you would like to support this project.



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Soho Center was selected as one of America's 125 top-rated
 
"Children and Families Nonprofits"

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YOU CAN HELP SEND THE NEXT 300,000 BOOKS
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With your support, the Soho Center is ready to expand Book Giveaways to include
elementary and middle schools in low-income communities, more children's hospitals, Title I public school
kindergarten and first grade classrooms,
more public libraries, military bases, more Boys & Girls Clubs,
and other child-related programs for low-income kids


For information about helping the Soho Center give away more children's books (including unique
income-tax-credit-based,
zero-cost donation options for Virginia businesses and individuals), please Click Here.

Soho is part of the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC).
For more information on how to donate through the CVC, please Click Here


Soho gets annual independent audits, and our administrative expenses are only 1% to 4% per year.



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