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Before becoming a mom and a writer, I worked in non-profits. Philanthropy is still close to my heart. I will include links of good organizations that involve books or writing if you are looking for a way to give back, check 'em out.

Authors Supporting Our Troops (FB Group)
This is a writer who collects donated signed copies of books from authors. He sends thousands of books to troops each year. This year in 2015 I was able to send a few copies of Dating Maggie before the year-end deadline. He's starting over with collections for 2016

Children's Book Bank
They collect book donations and put them in the hands of children in need.

Write Around Portland
This organization helps under-served communities express themselves through writing. They do workshops and create anthologies and readings around Portland, OR.


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