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, 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 Poster  (for collection box) 
Book Drive Collection Sites (list is from 2019)
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. 

Books will be collected at the following 2019 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.
First Christian Church
1345 Potomac Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21742
M, T, TH, F - 8 am - 4 pm (CLOSED FOR LUNCH 1-2pm) W - 8 am - 2pm
First Data
Hagerstown Rotary Club 
Fountainhead Country Club. Wednesdays noon – 1 pm
Horizon Goodwill Industries

Meritus Health - Robinwood Professional Center (Security Station)

Otterbein United Methodist Church
United Way of Washington County
83 West Washington Street, Suite 101 Hagerstown.  M-F 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Washington County Administration Building
100 West Washington Street, Suite 3400 (County Admin Bldg)
Book drop off will be in the lobby, near the deputy station. M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Washington County Health Department

Books will be picked up from participating collection sites September 13-18 by FedEx Ground volunteer drivers and will be sorted and counted on the United Way Day of Caring, Thursday, September 19th.  Collected books will be distributed throughout the community where most needed for early childhood literacy programs and vulnerable children.