Last updated on February 24, 2016
By Blake Bouza. Assistant Editor
Volunteer State Community College will be hosting a book drive Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Friday, Feb. 26.
As a project done for their Honors Leadership Development class, the book drive was started by students Shannon Feaganes, Victoria Anderson, Kyle Homer, and Jenny Hernandez.
“Personally, I believe that it is important for students at Vol State to become involved in donating to the book drive because it’s a great way to join this cause to promote education,” said Hernandez.
Hernandez said that at the end of the book drive the books will be donated to Safe Haven, the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts entire homeless families.
Hernandez said that Vol State students in addition to the families of Safe Haven will be impacted by the donations.
“Students who donate will be able to be a part of something beneficiary for the community. By donating one book, you are making an impact on someone,” Hernandez said.
She went on to say that there will be designated cardboard boxes all around campus, and that they are aiming for at least one in each building.
“There will definitely be one in the Wood Campus building,” said Hernandez.
Anderson, who is a reader herself, said that she was very fortunate to grow up always having something new to read.
“I am hoping that these donated books will give children, as well as adults, the opportunity to become a fellow book lover,” Anderson said.
Anderson expressed her excitement at seeing how many books the donation would receive.
According to the Safe Haven website, the organization keeps homeless families together and provides services to help them achieve lasting self-sufficiency.
The program helps families experiencing homelessness by providing for their immediate needs of shelter and stability.
“We operate through effective and results-driven programs, integrating services that are evidence-based,” according to the website.
The organization’s mission is to reduce and eventually eliminate family homelessness in Middle Tennessee.
“The best way for students to get involved is by simply spreading the news and donating their gently used books to our book drive,” said Hernandez.