April 5, 2010; Herald Dispatch | ABLE Families, a small nonprofit in Mingo County, West Virginia, has introduced an “Authors After School Program.” This program brings in local children’s book authors to interact with children after they have received copies of and gotten the chance to read their books. Mingo County has the one of the highest illiteracy rates in West Virginia and this program is aimed at creating a real sense of excitement about reading and writing. The Newswire will feature these kinds of local programs to remind EVERYONE that innovation occurs at every level in the sector and that some of the smallest efforts are well worth noting and drawing lessons from.—Ruth McCambridge
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Ruth is the founder and Editor Emerita of the Nonprofit Quarterly. Her background includes forty-five years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement.