Education

Hands Across the Water Inc

  • Stoneham, MA
  • www.surplusbooksforcharity.org/goals.html

Mission Statement

HATW is addressing an important conservation problem in this country as our landfills and paper recycling centers can no longer take all of the excess but perfectly serviceable books that our schools and libraries were trashing - with guilt - before HATW's existence, for lack of other outlets. Most discarded books in the USA are shredded and reduced to pulp in a process that is innocuously termed "recycling" but in reality the destructive chemical processes used to destroy the books also releases harmful environmental pollutants. We are challenging that unhealthful practice. Contrary to popular conception, most of the books that are being destroyed here in the USA are not moldy and tattered but are instead often quality books that are still in good condition. Typically they are discarded by a relatively affluent households, schools and libraries which must periodically "weed out" their collection due to space constraints. Publishers often have "overstock" of new books or books with minor imperfections which they destroy.

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ruling year

2000

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EIN

04-3514769

 Number

6275797595

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Book collection receptacles. Each collection receptacle holds up to nineteen tons of books, which is about 25,000 books. HATW meets a pressing concern in poor societies all over the world by distributing "rescued" American surplus books at no charge to promote literacy and education where it is needed most.

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