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 (updated 08/23/19)
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.

A to Z Insurance Services
10226 Governor Lane Blvd, Suite 4007, Williamsport, MD
M-F 9am - 5pm

Amcor Hagerstown

Bella Salon

Boonsboro First Christian Church

Breast Cancer Awareness Cumberland Valley

Bridge of Life Church
12 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD
M-F 9a-12:30p

Boonsboro First Christian Church
12A St Paul Street, Boonsboro

Christ's Reformed Church
130 W Franklin Street, Hagerstown, MD
M-F 9a- 3:30

Church of the Holy Trinity

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


City Hall of Hagerstown
1 E. Franklin Street, Room 202, Hagerstown, MD 
M-F 8:30 - 4:30

City of Hagerstown - Department of Community & Economic Development
14 N. Potomac Street, Suite 200A, Hagerstown, MD 
M-F 8:30 - 4:30

Clear Spring Middle School

Concordia Lutheran Church

Congregation B'Nai Abraham

Desert Rose Cafe
2 E Potomac Street, Williamsport, MD 
M-Th 8a-8p, F-S 8a -9p, Sun 9a-8p

Discovery Station
101 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD
Tues - Sat 10a-4p

Doing Better Business
14500 Byers Road, Hagerstown, MD 

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 United Bank - Emerald Pointe Location
19405 Emerald Square, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21742


First United Bank - Hagerstown Location
130 South Edgewood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21740

First United Bank - Smithsburg Location
100 South Main Street, Hagerstown, MD 21783


First United Bank - Wesel Blvd Location
1646 Wesel Blvd, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Growing Tree Preschool

Hagerstown Church of the Brethern

Hagerstown Community College

Hagerstown Police Department

Hagerstown Rotary Club 

Hagerstown Sunrise Rotary

Hamiliton Nissan

1929 Dual Highway, Hagerstown
M-F 8a-8, Sat 9a-6p

Haven Lutheran Church
1037 Haven Road, Hagerstown
M-F 9a-1p

Herald Mail Media
100 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown
M-F 8a-5p (front desk)

Horizon Goodwill Industries

Hospice Of Washington County

John Wesley United Methodist Church
129 N Potomac Street, Hagerstown 
M, Tu, TH, Fr 8a-2p, use handicap entrance, ring doorbell

Keller Stonebraker Insurance, Inc. 

Kosie Nest, A Family Daycare

Marissa Peterson

Maryland Food Bank
220 McRand Court, Hagerstown
Tu 8a-noon, W 10a-2p, Th Noon - 4p

Maryland Vision Institute (Hagerstown & Hancock)

Meritus Health - Robinwood Professional Center

Meritus Family Practice

Middletown Valley Bank (3 locations)

Mt. Nebo Preschool

Mulberry Lofts
22 North Mulberry Suite 101, Hagerstown
Box inside The Nook

Otterbein United Methodist Church
108 E. Franklin Street, Hagerstown, MD 
M-F 8a-4p

Patriot Federal Credit Union (2 locations)

Potomac Case Management

Register of Wills for Washington County

St. Andrew's United Methodist Church 

St. John's Episcopal Church

St. John's Lutheran Church

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

St. Mark's Luthern Church
601 W. Washington Ave, Hagerstown, MD. Tues - Thurs 9a - 3p


Smithsburg Middle School

The Women's Club

Trinity Lutheran Church, Boonsboro

TSYS Managed Services

University of Maryland at Hagerstown

Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown

United Bank (2 locations)

United Way of Washington County
83 West Washington Street, Suite 101 Hagerstown.  M-F 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Valley Co-Op

VOLVO Group Trucks

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 Chamber of Commerce

Washington County Health Department
1302 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown. M-F 8:30-5pm

Western Maryland Hospital
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown. 8am - 7pm (follow direction to back door). 

Zion Reformed UCC

201 N Potomac Street, Hagerstown
M-F 8:30-12:30


Books will be picked up from participating collection sites September 13-18 by 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.