Tampa, Fla. – In celebration of Literacy Week, January 28 through February 2, the University Area CDC is installing three Dreamboxes in the University Area, one of Tampa’s most impoverished neighborhoods.
These beautiful book-filled Dreamboxes will join the four others that were installed last summer in the University Area, surrounding Harvest Hope Park. Plans are in the works to create and install 12 more by June.
“We’re delighted at how community residents have responded to the current Dreamboxes, and are thrilled to install these additional locations in honor of Celebrate Literacy Week!” said Sarah Combs, executive director and CEO. “While they help to promote reading and strengthen family bonds, these mini-libraries also serve as an element of community cohesion, which is one of our main objectives in every initiative we take on.”
These “mini-libraries” originally were built through a partnership with the Rotary Club of Tampa North, and have since been built by numerous volunteers. The Dreamboxes’ purpose is to foster a sense of community and increase access to books for readers of all ages, fostering literacy. Residents are encouraged to borrow books and donate books to share with others.
To donate books for inclusion in the Dreamboxes, contact Jaree Ervin, director of development, at (813) 558-5212 x 210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating over 20 years of community service, University Area Community Development Corporation (CDC) provides support for thousands of Tampa residents through youth programs, adult education and resource assistance. Its primary mission is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. More information about UACDC, a 501(c)(3) public/private partnership, is available by calling 813.558.5212 and by visiting www.uacdc.org.