This September marks the 42nd year of Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties' (PPSBVSLO) Mary Jane McCord Planned Parenthood Book Sale. This sale is the result of a year-round effort by around 200 volunteers PPSBVSLO's volunteers sort, price and clean books at least 3 days a week. In the last two months alone the volunteers logged a whopping 2,000 hours.
The Book Sale has a physical sale which is held in the fall, at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. This 10-day sale carries hundreds of thousands of donated books and last year made over $120,000 for PPSBVSLO. In addition to their on-site sale, the Book Sale has an online Amazon store. Over the last two years the Amazon store has really taken off. One of PPSBVSLO's volunteers created a software program that can scan, evaluate and tell them if that particular book would be well suited for Amazon. The process if very sophisticated and it has paid off for PPSBVSLO. This fiscal year alone the Amazon sales have exceeded $100,000!
The Book Sale is a great example of how much volunteers mean to Planned Parenthood health center programs and services. They are the backbone of many fundraising activities and PPSBVSLO loves ALL that they contribute.