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Colectivo Coffee partners with Next Door on community book drive in April

All 13 Colectivo locations in the Milwaukee area will collect donations of children's books for Next Door from April 1 to April 21, 2019

By - Apr 1st, 2019 02:00 pm

MILWAUKEE – Next Door – a leading provider of high quality early childhood education in Milwaukee – is thrilled to partner with Colectivo for the non-profit organization’s 50th Anniversary this year. The company’s partnership will feature a three-week-long book drive supporting Next Door’s Books for Kids program. Books for Kids collects donated books from the community and distributes them for free to Next Door students and children across the city to help them build home libraries and enjoy story time with family.

“Next Door’s mission to support Milwaukee children and families is a wonderful fit for Colectivo and our goal of giving back to the local community,” said Ramie Camarena, Events and Communication Manager for Colectivo. “We hope cafe customers and coworkers will consider contributing to the Books for Kids program, and we congratulate Next Door on their milestone 50th anniversary!”

“We are so fortunate to have this support from Colectivo to get more books into the hands of Milwaukee’s youngest learners,” said Next Door President Dr. Tracey Sparrow. “The more books we can expose them to early on, the more likely they are to enjoy reading and be ready for school.”

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Book drive runs April 1 to April 21, 2019
  • Book bins will be at all 13 Colectivo locations in the Milwaukee area to drop off donations
  • New and gently-used children’s books desired
  • Books covering children from birth to five years old
  • All stories are welcome but Next Door has a great need for multi-cultural books showcasing African-American characters

Next Door’s Books for Kids program started in 1990 as a way to increase access to books for children living in Milwaukee’s central city. Next Door receives books through individual and family donations, community book drives and financial gifts. The books are distributed for free to Next Door students and children across the community during visits to our libraries and our Books for Kids Mobile Library. Last year, Next Door collected nearly 100,000 books from the community and had 129 book drives.

About Next Door

Next Door supports the intellectual, physical and emotional development of children by partnering with their families for success in school and the community. We serve nearly 1,700 children, from birth to five years old, with three locations and 11 partnership sites in Milwaukee’s central city. Through home- and center-based programs, Next Door strives to create a long-term foundation for success by closing the achievement gap for children living in poverty. Our highly qualified team provides critical educational support during a child’s most important developmental years with a focus on academic achievement, building social-emotional skills, and helping children become better prepared for school.

About Colectivo

Since 1993, Colectivo has sourced coffees from origin and roasted every batch by hand, developing farmer and co-op partnerships around the world to stay involved in every step of creating a great coffee experience. Colectivo roasts its award-winning coffees on a pair of vintage Probats in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. Each of its cafes offers Session Roasted™ coffees in addition to Letterbox Fine Tea, Colectivo Keg Company beers, Troubadour artisan breads, baked goods and made-from-scratch food. Learn more at

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