Collaboration to provide 60,000 new books and resources to children in
need across the United States and Canada
WASHINGTON, DC, June 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books to children in
need, and Domtar, the Sustainable Paper Company, announced the expansion of their
partnership for literacy. The next phase of collaboration will help
bring 60,000 brand-new, high-quality books to kids from low-income
families across North America.
The Powerful Pages campaign will include "library makeover" grants to 14 schools and
programs in U.S. towns that are home to Domtar mills and to eight
similar organizations in Domtar host communities and area First Nation
communities in Canada. These grants will give educators the funds to
purchase an estimated 600 brand-new books through the First Book Marketplace, a website available exclusively to First Book programs.
"Domtar's commitment to kids in need in their communities is exemplary,"
said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. "We learned how
dedicated they were when we worked together last year, and we're
thrilled to expand our partnership to reach so many more children with
the books and resources they need."
"Investing in the economic and social development of our host
communities, and literacy efforts in particular, is a cornerstone of
our sustainable business commitment at Domtar," noted Paige Goff,
Domtar's Vice-President of Sustainability and Business Communications.
"We are honored to be able to support First Book's laudable efforts to
get new books in the hands of young readers who otherwise would be
In addition to the "library makeover" grants, Domtar is funding one
hundred smaller grants as an incentive for local schools and programs
in communities that are home to Domtar employees to sign up with First
Book. These grants will give the new members of First Book's network
the funds to select around 125 new books from the First Book Marketplace for their students. The campaign also includes support for a national
distribution of new books. Domtar will underwrite the shipping costs
for 45,000 donated books that will go to educators and program leaders
serving kids in need across North America as part of First Book's
ongoing National Book Bank program.
Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) designs, manufactures, markets
and distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products including
communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and adult
incontinence products. The foundation of its business is a network of
world class wood fiber converting assets that produce papergrade, fluff
and specialty pulps. The majority of its pulp production is consumed
internally to manufacture paper and consumer products. Domtar is the
largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North
America with recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and Domtar EarthChoice®. Domtar is also a leading marketer and producer of a complete line of
incontinence care products marketed primarily under the Attends® brand name. Domtar owns and operates Ariva®, a network of strategically located paper and printing supplies
distribution facilities. In 2012, Domtar had sales of US$5.5 billion
from some 50 countries. The Company employs approximately 9,300 people.
To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.
About First Book
First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more
than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and
schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United
States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an
ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need
and elevating the quality of education. For more information, please visit us online or follow our latest news on Facebook and Twitter.
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SOURCE: Domtar Corporation
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Vice President - Sustainability and Business Communications