AAUW Ann Arbor Branch
American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Ann Arbor Branch
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Organization Overview & Sustainable Practices
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. AAUW Ann Arbor Branch has over 300 members. Our Annual Used Book Sale recycles books donated by our neighbors. Last year’s 60th annual used book sale yielded over $38,000 in gross sales. After expenses, every dollar goes to college scholarships for women. Our members volunteer many hours in the summer to clean, sort, and box thousands of books for the sale. We carefully research the value of books, whether new, old, or rare, and this effort attracts important dealers to our sale. We categorize books by topic area, which makes shopping for books at the sale more satisfying.The 61st AAUW Used Book Sale will take place September 6-8 at the Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College.
Our recycling effort extends to seeking boxes from local companies to store books. Last year we collected several hundred strawberry boxes from grocery stores. We collect paper bags from our neighbors which shoppers reuse at the sale. All worn out paper or cardboard materials and books not meeting our criteria for the sale are taken to Ann Arbor Recycles. Surplus good books are passed along to other non-profit groups such as the local Friends of the Library, the VA hospital, the Wyandotte AAUW, and libraries in nearby counties. Remaining books are given to WCC students and staff. The branch communicates with its members through electronic means. We try to use recyclable products at our meetings whenever possible.