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"26 Years of Supporting Reading for Anyone Who Wants To Read And Learn"


Our Volunteers

The Bookman could not operate without the help of its volunteers. The organization has no paid staff and relies entirely on the efforts of retired volunteers for all its activities. These men can be seen in a number of situations below.

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The late Leonard Pearlman, or "Lenny the Elf" as he was known,›at his command post in the children's room. Lennie passed away in January 2013 after 20 years of volunteering.

Irwin (seated left) with his three 'elves', and a friend. From L to R, Darryl (the friend), Lennie, Tony, and Don. With their help, the organization moves more than half a million books each year.

The efforts of these volunteers resulted in a warehouse that looked like this:

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From the reading area above left to "teacher's row"›
above right to the receiving area bottom left, The
Bookman's warehouse is filled with books of all›
kinds, available to any group or teacher that wants them.

Additional volunteers showed up for special projects as can be seen in these photos:

The Bookman's new van obtained in March 2006 to
replace an earlier one damaged in an accident. The
van was provided entirely by The San Diego Nice Guys
and Las Patronas, whose names grace the door panels.
Irwin Herman and Don Shultz with 8 volunteers help prepare a shipment of 20,000 books for the Batangas Social Development Foundaton in the Philippines. The books will form the basis of a new school district. The books were packed onto 11 pallets and trucked to Los Angeles where they will be sent by freighter to Manila and then again trucked to their destination. The Pimental family from Walnut, California after having just loaded 6,000 books into a rented truck for eventual delivery to the Initao Central School in the Province of Misamis Oriental, Philippines. This donation on May 17, 2010 made the total of books sent from The Bookman to the Philippines almost 100,000 over the past 5 years.
Volunteers Darrel Sims and Michael Geiger (on forklift) help load some 35,000 books into a 20 foot container for shipment to Ghana. The shipment was organized by Senyo Adjibolosoo of the Human Factor Leadership Academy and paid for by Jason Jenkins of VAM Investment group. Fr. Manuel Medina (left) with two of his colleagues finish loading 20,000 books on their truck to ship to the Philippines. Center front is Irwin Herman. This was Fr. Medina's second trip to pick up books.

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