Northern Trust believes education is the cornerstone of success for individuals, families and the broader communities in which we all work and live.
Unfortunately, an enormous disparity still exists when it comes to access. This is illustrated by the simple fact that low-income neighborhoods average only one age-appropriate book for every 300 children, while moderate-income neighborhoods average 13 books to 1 child.
Doing its part to promote education through childhood literacy, Northern Trust collaborated with United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation to present 10 Little Free Libraries to this underserved neighborhood.
Each library was sponsored by a different Northern Trust employee resource group, including Women in Leadership and the LGBT Business Resource Council. The project aims to inspire a love of reading and to improve literacy through free book exchanges for students and families who lack this valuable resource at home.
In addition to providing the Little Free Libraries, Northern Trust employees hosted a drive that collected more than 1,000 books to help fill them. The books were sorted according to grade level and delivered to schools and community centers across Chicagoland.
As part of this long-term commitment to literacy, Northern Trust partners will also volunteer by reading to students throughout the year. Not only do our volunteers enjoy the opportunity to give back, but the students benefit tremendously from these opportunities, increasing their word recognition, reading comprehension and imagination.
Congratulations Northern Trust!