Burnaby Neighbourhood House: 4460 Beresford Street, Burnaby, BC, V5H 0B8
Literacy Outreach Coordinator: 604-562-3447


Contribute to Literacy Now’s mission of “Putting a Book in Every Child’s Hand”

Literacy Now is a program at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House (Registered Charity 87390 3090 RR0001). By choosing to support BNH, you are supporting a community driven and community funded agency with a unique focus on neighbours supporting neighbours.

Your donation supports literacy and learning in Burnaby.

Get involved. Donate. Every little bit counts. 

How your contribution will help:

$5 = a set of colouring pencils
$10 = a new kids’ picture book
$20 = a brand new book by a local publisher
$50 = a dictionary
$100 = a reading and book raffle by local authors for underprivileged school kids 
$300 = a learning workshop for families 
$500 = a pallet of 1,000+ brand new books

Our books and materials are purchased from local partners and/or reputable national nonprofits, like First Book Canada.

Did you know government resources only make up 30% of the Burnaby Neighbourhood House’s budget? Many of our programs and services are supported by donors like you.

How to donate: Click the Donate button and select “Literacy Now in Burnaby” from the drop-down menu as shown:

The Impact of Literacy

Literacy is linked to higher self-esteem, better communication skills, and life achievement. Higher Literacy levels lead to better work outcomes, health and parenting skills. It opens doors to understanding, empathy, critical thinking, and the capacity for lifelong learning, especially for children. But many of Canada’s children are being left behind. When parents are struggling to put food on the table, they can’t easily provide resources for their children’s success.

In 2022, Literacy Now has handed out over 3,000 books to more than 500 families and individuals through our “Literacy Hampers” at local Burnaby food hubs. Not only are tireless volunteers handing out thousands of children’s books, but people of all ages can get brand new and donated books to enjoy, including New York Times bestsellers, science books, whole university courses, puzzles, games, writing materials, audiobooks, DVDs, etc.

Hampers also contain The West Coast Reader, colouring books and pencils for kids, and information resources provided by local community service organizations and nonprofits.

You can also donate in person, by phone, or by mail. To donate in person by cash or cheque, you can drop by our office at 4460 Beresford Street in Burnaby (Across the street from Metrotown). To donate by phone, please call 604-431-0400. To donate by mail, you can mail a cheque to:

Literacy Now at Burnaby Neighbourhood House, 4460 Beresford Street, Burnaby, BC V5H 0B8

Tax receipts are issued for donations over $15.