Grammy-winning Eureka’s own celebrity Sara Bareilles has donated 5,000 pounds to the Humboldt Literacy Project, the nonprofit announced on social media Monday.
Bareilles, who currently stars in the comedy “Girls5eva”, was the keynote speaker at a recent Scholastic Art and Writing Awards event and was invited by the children’s book publisher to select a charity for the donation.
“We are overwhelmed with gratitude,” Emma Breacain, executive director of the Humboldt Literacy Project, said in a statement. “I don’t know if Ms. Bareilles realizes how far her donation will go. Of course, our tutors and learners will use these books in their studies, but we also have partnerships with many other local agencies.
The donation means that approximately 150 boxes of books are intended for readers in Humboldt County.
Breacain noted that the relaxation of pandemic restrictions means some of the association’s activities may restart.
“Now that we are coming out of various COVID restrictions, we will soon be able to offer family books again and start providing books again to local agencies who work with families and individuals trying to improve their skills and outlook,” Breacain says.
According to the organization, around 14,000 adults in Humboldt County are “functionally illiterate.”
“Ms. Bareilles has a lot of themes of courage, resilience and pride woven into her work, and I think this perfectly echoes the courage and resilience that our volunteers and clients demonstrate every day, and how much we are proud of them, ”said Breacain.
Since 1981, the association has worked with local adults who want to improve their reading and writing skills.