Putting books in the hands of needy children

In the midst of our technology-driven world, Domtar and First Book are showing the enormous power that comes from every child having the opportunity to hold and own a real book of their very own.

Domtar teamed up with First Book in 2012 to help bring the power of books into the communities where Domtar employees live and work. In that first year together, First Book and Domtar provided ongoing access to books for kids in low-income schools and programs in communities across the nation.

Highlights include 935 book titles provided through grants to children in Domtar communities, 25,000 free books distributed across the U.S., nearly 1,000 additional groups identified as prospective recipients of First Book’s resources and the printing of a special edition book focused on the environment —Recycle This Book.

Building on the successes of the first year of our partnership, we grew our reach in 2013 by providing books to kids in nine Domtar communities, as well as four First Nations communities in Canada. Our support also included paying for the shipping of an additional 35,000 books to schools and programs across the U.S. By this year’s program end, the current campaign will have provided schools and programs with approximately 60,000 books with an estimated retail value of US$482,000.

The feedback we receive from teachers and school administrators reinforces that we are in fact honoring our commitment to sustainable community development by promoting education and emphasizing literacy.

“With the First Book grant we were able to buy much-needed books for our library and classrooms, which helps us to encourage the love of reading with our students,” said Robert Grumley, principal of South St. Mary’s Elementary School near Domtar’s Johnsonburg Mill in Pennsylvania. “We are so grateful to Domtar for this gift.”

In November, Domtar employees visited Bennettsville Primary School in Bennettsville, SC, to deliver books to students directly in their classrooms. The school visit also served as an opportunity for First Book and Domtar to document their tremendous work in the form of a partnership video, currently available on Domtar.com.

Together with First Book we are transforming the lives of children across North America by providing the critical reading materials they need to read, learn and succeed.


“Your donation provided almost 400 books for children in each of our programs, from babies through teenagers. Please know that your generosity is truly appreciated.”
Kerry Woehle
Manager of Program Operations
Boys & Girls Club of Kamloops

“Your wonderful donation will put a book in the hands and homes of almost every student in our school. Thank you.”
Christine Their – 3rd grade teacher
Robertson Elementary School
Yakima, Washington

“Thank you, Domtar Paper. You are now part of the successes in our classroom.”
Donna Dearing – 4th grade teacher
Cresthaven Elementary School

“A huge thank you to Domtar Paper! They have made generous grants available through First Book to get more new books into underserved communities and the Free Bookmobile has been selected as a recipient. This means we’ll be soon receiving hundreds of new children’s books, chosen by us, completely free of charge. What a great partnership!”
Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County

“I am blown away by the generosity of Domtar Paper! Thanks for helping Madison Elementary get books in kids’ hands! Love surprises too.”
Amber Garbe
via Twitter

“Thank you so much for your gift of books to Kids-Centric! We will make sure that they are in the hands of the children with special needs that we serve. Your generosity is appreciated!”
Martin Kepecs
via Facebook