Day of Caring Book Drive 2019

8th Annual Community Book Drive

The 8th Annual Community Book Drive is coordinated by Hagerstown Area Religious Council, United Way of Washington County, Hagerstown Rotary Club, the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC), and FedEx Ground. Collected books will be sorted during the United Way’s annual Day of Caring on September 19th and distributed to at-risk children in Washington County to enhance our efforts to improve literacy rates. Last year more than 14,000 children’s books were collected and used to set up the new Community Book Warehouse, which is distributing them to community organizations, schools and individuals to get them into the hands of vulnerable children. More than 50 businesses, organizations, and houses of faith participated in the collection.  Let’s do it again!

Everyone can collect books! Work with your churches, civic groups, businesses, and other organizations to collect age appropriate books, specifically geared to children ages birth through elementary school.

Donated books can be new or gently used, but must be appropriate for ages birth-11.  Any books in this age group are eagerly accepted, but if you’re purchasing, here is a list of Recommended Books.

Posters/flyers for collection sites and distribution:
Book Drive Drop Off (for collection box)
Book Drive Collection Sites (updated regularly with new additions)
If your group would like to collect books for the book drive, please contact Terri Gwizdala at or Kathy Powderly at or 301-842-4272.  Visit the Early Childhood Advisory Council website for more information about early childhood education and literacy in Washington County.

Books will be collected at the following 2018 participating locations (TO BE UPDATED)

*This list will be regularly updated as sites are confirmed/added.  Please note that locations without addresses and hours are not open for public drop-offs.
106.9 The Eagle

Antietam Tree & Turf

405 N Burhans Blvd
Association of Builders and Contractors
530 North Locust Street

BEACON House, Inc. 

Located at Mulberry Lofts
Boonsboro High School

Boy Scouts of America, Mason-Dixon Council

Bridge of Life Church

6 S. Potomac Street
Church of the Holy Trinity
City of Hagerstown Department of Community and Economic Development
1400 N. Potomac Street, Suite 200
Clear Spring Middle School

Concordia Lutheran Church

Congregation B'Nai Abraham

David Pool, Realtor

Discovery Station

Doing Better Business

Family Life Ministry AME Church
First Christian Church
Growing Tree Preschool

Hagerstown Church of the Brethren

Hamilton Nissan

Haven Lutheran Church

Hagerstown Police Department
Hagerstown Rotary Club 
Fountainhead Country Club. Wednesdays noon – 1 p.m.

Hagerstown Sunrise Rotary Club
Academy Theatre

Haven Lutheran

John Wesley United Methodist Church

129 N. Potomac Street
Maryland Food Bank
MEC Electrical 
221 McRand Court, Suite #100, Hagerstown
Mulberry Lofts
22 N. Mulberry

1350 Wesel Blvd
Otterbein United Methodist Church
108 E. Franklin Street

Patriot Federal Credit Union
North Point Branch

Robinwood Branch
Purdue Global
18618 Crestwood Drive
Register of Wills for Washington County
24 Summit Ave. Room 213, Hagerstown
Smithsburg Elementary

St. Andrew's United Methodist Church

St. John's Lutheran Church
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
601 West Washington Avenue, Hagerstown. M & F 9 a.m. - noon, T-Th 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church, Boonsboro

Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown
13245 Cearfoss Pike

United Way of Washington County
83 West Washington Street, Suite 101 Hagerstown.  M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Unity of Hagerstown
18313 lappans Road (St. Mark's Episcopal Church)
Washington County Arts Council
34-36 Potomac Street
Washington County Chamber of Commerce 
Washington County Health Department
1302 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington County Retired Educational Personnel Assocation
Accepting At NOLAND
Western Maryland Hospital Association
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue

The Women's Club
31 S Prospect Street

Zion Reformed Church
201 N. Potomac Street

Books will be picked up from all locations between September 12-18 by FedEx Ground volunteer drivers and will be sorted and counted on the United Way Day of Caring, Thursday, September 19.  Collected books will be distributed throughout the community where most needed for early childhood literacy programs for at-risk children.