Tree House Books, a nonprofit organization that builds and supports a community of readers, writers, and thinkers in North Philadelphia, has been named a 2022 Champion in Action® in the Innovation & Transformation category. The award, presented by Citizens, NBC10/Telemundo62 and The Philadelphia plaintiff includes $35,000 in unrestricted funding, plus promotional and volunteer support for the organization’s outstanding work.
Tree House Books runs several innovative programs that aim to improve the lives of community members. They measure their impact in two distinct areas: access to books and literacy. Some of these unique programs as part of their book access portfolio include Donation Library, Tee House Mobile Bookmobile, Words on Wheels Summer Book Delivery Service, and Community Bookshelves. They also offer literacy programs through their after-school and summer studios, Black Girls Book Club, pre-K storytellers, and teen literacy and leadership programs. From the day their organization was founded, THB has transformed their North Philadelphia community through nurturing and empowering programs that literate those who are traditionally underserved.
“We believe in the power of books and literacy to change lives,” says Michael Brix, executive director of Tree House Books. “We do this by making sure everyone has access to books and by providing vibrant literacy programming. We highlight black and brown authors and feature books that tell black stories. We know we can’t do it alone, so we are grateful to people and organizations like Citizens, who can help us reach more people and share our work.Tree House Books is honored to receive the Champion in Action award, which will help us continue our mission to elevate a community of readers, writers, and thinkers impacting our neighborhood.
“NBC10 and Telemundo62 are thrilled to recognize Tree House Books for their outstanding work in providing books and literacy programs to children in our community,” said Ric Harris, President and CEO of NBC10 and Telemundo62. “We are committed to supporting THB’s mission to grow and sustain a community of readers, writers, and thinkers in North Philadelphia.”
The Champions in Action programme, now in its 20e year, has awarded more than $10 million in contributions and promotional support to 367 nonprofit organizations across the bank’s footprint. In Greater Philadelphia, 53 nonprofits were honored, receiving more than $1.5 million.
“Kudos to the team at Tree House Books for being able to quickly recognize the dramatic and negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on learning and developing a model that would bring books directly to students,” said Dan. Fitzpatrick, Mid-Atlantic. president for the citizens. “Creating a lifelong love of reading also creates a passion for learning that will benefit students of all ages throughout their academic and professional careers, and beyond.”