The Center for Financial Empowerment, the nonprofit founded by SCE Credit Union, is currently holding a July “children’s diversity book drive” to replenish books in seven Little Free Libraries in City of Las Vegas neighborhoods.
Rather than just an ordinary children’s book drive, this one has a unique twist in that the books being requested for donation will have a focus on celebrating diversity, different races, cultures, and traditions, according to Abby Ulm, director for the Center for Financial Empowerment.
“As racial issues continue to affect communities, we are happy to hold this drive and help educate younger audiences about diversity and showing kindness to ALL people in our world,” said Ulm.
The Little Free Libraries, which look like blue newspaper receptacles with lids that lift, were purchased and stationed in City of Las Vegas “reinvent” neighborhoods about 1 1/2 years ago. The premise is, “Take a Book, Leave a Book,” in which children and adults can borrow books, bring them home to read, and eventually return them for others to use. While the goal is to keep sharing books, many of them don’t get returned, which is why the Center for Financial Empowerment has stepped up to help replenish the libraries.
The book drive will be held through July, and then the books will be taken to the Little Free Libraries so youth can enjoy ongoing summer reading. For community members who would like to donate new or gently used books, drop-off locations are at the four SCE Credit Union branches: 1450 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, C102, in Henderson; 6475 W. Sahara Ave. in Las Vegas; 7155 S. Lindell Road in Las Vegas at NV Energy; and 2215 E. Lone Mountain Road in North Las Vegas at NV Energy’s entrance.
“We are grateful for any community members who would like to contribute books to not only help children practice their reading skills, but also to allow them to learn a little more about diversity and caring for others,” Ulm said.
About the Center for Financial Empowerment
The Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to empowering young adults through financial education. It was founded by SCE Credit Union in 2005 when the Credit Union felt compelled to provide a practical solution to the lack of personal finance training available to community residents. SCE Credit Union remains the Center’s closest partner and continues to invest generously in its mission to equip youth from underserved communities with money management skills to be financially stable as they move into adult life. More information can be found at www.center4fe.org.
ABOUT SCE FCU (www.scefcu.org)
SCE Credit Union was founded in 1952 and has more than 60,000 members, $825 million in assets, four branches in southern Nevada, six branches in southern California, thousands of shared branch locations across the United States, and nearly 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs available to members. SCE FCU serves southern Nevada and southern California, with membership open to individuals and businesses, and is a not-for-profit entity committed to improving the financial well-being of the communities it serves, especially people underserved by mainstream financial institutions. With a strong commitment to volunteerism, team members donate hundreds of hours to local community causes each year. Additionally, the creation of the Center for Financial Empowerment (www.center4fe.org) provides much-needed financial education to the underserved and high schools in southern Nevada and southern California.