I was fortunate enough to be invited to a fundraiser for Literature for Life, a couple of weeks ago. Literature for Life is a Toronto-based organization that uses literature to positively impact the educational and social outcomes for young moms and their children.
The event was hosted at the Fox and Fiddle on Danforth. The venue was decorated so nicely and they had a fun literature-themed scavenger hunt throughout the bar. I had an opportunity to speak with a number of volunteers about the organization and was really impressed with what they do. They host meet ups with young moms where they read novels within the group. Most of the groups are lead by local writers which facilitate the reading and conversations about the work. These groups are designed to help enable young women to develop the capacity and confidence to re-imagine their lives.
Many of the women in the program are moms from ages 13-30, many of them live alone or in a shelter. The goal of Literature for Life is to help improve reading skills and improve self-confidence in participants which they believe improves the opportunities for the whole family. The organization also encourages moms to begin a routine of reading with their children – investing in their children’s education.
The event was beautifully run and raised over $800 for this amazing organization, which is enough to sponsor one mom for 8 months. This organization is local to Toronto, so all the money will help women in our community. You can find out more about the organization here or help with a donation here.