I can’t consider a life being complete without some sort of volunteering component to it.
Earl Dizon’s love of children’s literature has been a lifelong pursuit that has become a full-time mission. In the past he’s worked at libraries, different companies within Borders, and at an online book buying and selling company. Most days, Earl can be found either working as a bookseller in a quirky children’s bookstore; at a local coffee shop toiling away on his own children’s stories; or volunteering for the Multnomah County Library’s Every Child Initiative, The Children’s Book Bank, or one of the other local literacy-based programs throughout Portland, Oregon. Earl has been a member of Hands On Greater Portland since 2011.
“Hands On Greater Portland has introduced me to so many wonderful nonprofits,” says Earl. “I’ve become a tremendous advocate for one in particular - the Children’s Book Bank, where we take kids books that have been donated by the public and spruce them up to give to children in low-income households. Usually the bag of books a child receives from us are the first they’ve ever owned.”
In addition to his volunteering with The Children’s Book Bank, Earl also holds a weekly volunteer shift with the Multnomah County Library’s Every Child Initiative. The goal of the program is to make sure reading is a part of everyone’s life right from the start. Earl helps by preparing books to go out from the classrooms and child care centers to doctor’s waiting rooms and WIC offices.
“Volunteering has become an integral part of my life ever since I moved to Portland in 2008,” says Earl. “At first, it was just a way for me to pass the time. But once I realized I was able to help others in a way that reinvigorated me, I was hooked. Now I can’t consider a life being complete without some sort of volunteering component to it. Volunteering is such a great way to meet people, build skills, and, of course, do good. We all need to do our part in putting good out there in the world.”
In his spare time, Earl likes to read and work on his own stories. He has four picture book manuscripts in progress, and blogs about children’s books and his journey to become a writer at The Chronicles of a Children’s Book Writer.