How do you move several thousand books? With lots of helping hands, which is what several Wells Fargo North County employees brought to local nonprofit Solutions for Change on Sunday, February 19.
Solutions, which serves homeless families in North County, has a three year old program called Books for Real Change. Books donated by members of the community are sorted, cataloged, and offered for sale on Amazon.com, generating income for programs that provide the skills, knowledge, and resources parents and their children need to regain their footing and become self-sustaining and housed once again.
The Books for Real Change program outgrew its quarters at the main Solutions for Change campus, and moved to the group’s new Solutions Training Center in Vista.
On Sunday, a team of 40 Wells Fargo volunteers packed, moved, unpacked, and shelved books—and they even assembled the shelves, as well as repainted the old facility with paint donated by Vista Paint.
“I’m very proud of our team members who have volunteered to help support Solutions for Change,” said Teresa Moseley, Wells Fargo Community Banking District Manager for the Tri City Market, who along with Wells Fargo Vista store manager Ismael Zermeno have championed the Solutions for Change program within their organization. “Our team members care about giving back to their local communities and want to support the many North County families who are working so hard to have a place they can call home.”
“Books for Real Change is an important program for many reasons,” said Solutions co-founder and vice-president Tammy Megison. “It helps Solutions’ residents learn job skills, it generates income for our programs, and it impresses on everyone the need to find real solutions when confronted with challenges.
“We’re very grateful to the Wells Fargo employees who are giving of themselves to assist us,” said Megison.
“We’ll have a lot more capacity in our new facility, and we encourage anyone with any kind of books they wish to donate to call us at (760) 941-6545 or visit us at www.Solutionsforchange.org,” said Megison.