First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy access to books. An innovative leader in social enterprise, each year First Book distributes millions of free and low-cost books to disadvantaged children and the programs that serve them.
The First Book Portland, OR Advisory Board was formed in 1998 to serve children from low-income families in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. Our Board is comprised of volunteer leaders representing non-profit agencies, businesses and the community.
In 2012, we partnered with local companies Burgerville and Hopworks for profit-sharing events and hosted a pub quiz at the County Cork Public House. Our larger events included “Breweries for Books” (a family-friendly afternoon pub-crawl in partnership with Coalition and Migrations breweries featuring games, trivia and prizes for our guests) and "Wine-ing for Literacy" (a wine tasting and silent auction hosted by the law firm Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf). We hope to build on these events in 2013 and seek new ways to engage and expand our support within the community.
Book Grant Recipients
Is your organization in need of books for the children you serve? We make grant awards once per year in March. Grant application and guidelines are in the How to Receive Books section of this website.
In March 2013, First Book-Portland awarded book grants to the following organizations:
Local Sponsors and Donors
Through the purchasing power of the First Book Marketplace, just $2.50 provides a new book to a child in need. With a $10 donation, we will be able to provide 4 books to establish a child’s first home library.
We are able to provide brand-new, high-quality books to children in our community thanks to the generous financial contributions of local businesses and individuals.
First Book Wants You!
We are looking for passionate, entrepreneurial people who want to make a difference in their community. Help us get books to kids who need them most. To learn more about volunteering with First Book-Portland please contact using the link below.
You can contact us by sending an email.