Coughlan Companies, still family-owned and run by fourth-generation Coughlans, serves as a holding company for Capstone, a children’s book publisher. Coughlan Companies Inc. is committed to strengthening communities by supporting literacy programs, expanding educational opportunities, and caring for our environment.
Kids Need to Read works to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children. The Free Book Bus is very grateful to receive boxes of new books from Kids Need to Read!
A national non-profit resource for families, child care providers, and child-related organizations. The Soho Center helps large numbers of children and families. They have given over one million quality, hardcover children's books to Head Start classrooms, after-school programs, children's hospitals, Title I public schools, and many other child-related programs! The Soho Center does large scale book giveaways and provides extensive online children's literacy tips.
We are delighted to be partnering with The Boys & Girls Club - Southwood Unit. The Free Book Bus visits on the first Wednesday of every month, from 4-5:30. Look for us near the clubhouse. Everyone is welcome!
Moms making actions: "Here at Donor Diapers, we are driven by a single goal; supply families with free diapering supplies. Our decision making process was created by moms who found a void in our community. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of our interactions."
The Free Book Bus is so pleased to partner with Hillside School in Charlottesville. We know and love the teachers from their time at North Branch School. Hillside School's mission is to inspire curiosity and foster imagination with a variety of teaching methods. Children spend their days outdoors, tending gardens, playing, creating plenty of art, and learning where food comes from—garden to table. Hillside School offers programs for children ages 2-9.
The Nelson County Pantry is a privately funded, non-profit organization operated entirely by volunteers and the generous contributions from local churches, civic organizations, businesses and private individuals. They provide nutritional meats, produce, baked goods and canned foods to more than 250 needy families each month.
North Branch School was our beloved school home (for our boys and us) for 11 years. North Branch is an independent, not-for-profit school for children ages 3–14 in Afton. The school emphasizes hands-on learning and cooperation, while giving their students a solid foundation in academics, the arts, and life skills.
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year! The Free Book Bus is helping distribute certain types of food boxes to families with children. The BRAFB provides nutritious food to 115,390 people each month through a far-reaching network of more than 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, churches and other nonprofit groups.
We are delighted to be working with Charlottesville City School's Family Engagement. The bus will participate in events such as the annual Charlottesville City School's Back to School Bash, Essential Needs drive-through events, and other family events throughout the year.
The Free Book Bus will be visiting families at Hearthwood throughout the year. We are very happy to be making regular stops here again!
Healthy Families fosters nurturing family relationships for pregnant moms and safe environments for young children through regular home visiting.
The Free Book Bus will be at Red Hill for various events during the school year. We look forward to getting to know the kids, parents and teachers. This is a special partnership for Sharon: her great-grandfather taught at Red Hill from 1915-1917.
We are excited to partner with Tye River Elementary!
We are in the process of buying a newer bus with a wheelchair lift! New event scheduling will resume once we get the bus renovated and ready for guests. Thank you for visiting!