03/14/2011 07:05 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Giving Back: How You And The Books Community Can Help Struggling Families

Today, as HuffPost and AOL unite to launch the Huffington Post Media Group, we're celebrating by making a statement about the importance of giving back and helping others.

Led by HuffPost Impact -- The Huffington Post's section devoted to service, causes, and volunteering -- every HuffPost section is featuring a group or individual who is taking action and inspiring others during these challenging times. Like the rest of the world, our hearts and minds are also focused on Japan, and we've created a resource page for everyone wishing to support the emergency relief efforts.

And we're thrilled to announce that Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, is joining the Huffington Post Media Group as Strategic Adviser For Social Impact. Stone will help the company to create innovative social impact and cause-based initiatives.

AOL/Huffington Post Media Group has also issued a 30-day Service Challenge to every one of its employees worldwide, encouraging them to give their time to non-profits in their local communities and organizing volunteer events in 16 cities.

We hope you'll join us in utilizing the power of online journalism to help people get involved, work together, and bring about real change.

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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
p 212-334-3324

Founded in 1990, Housing Works focuses on healing the dual crisis of homelessness and living with HIV/AIDS. Through advocacy offices in New York City, Albany, Washington D.C., Mississippi and abroad in Haiti and Puerto Rico, Housing Works fights for funding and legislation to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, HIV prevention information and other life-sustaining services, as well as legal protections from stigma and discrimination. They have provided case management, job training, housing, legal services, engaged in prevention measures and have helped over 25,000 individuals. Their businesses, including the bookstore cafe, provide 90% of the funding needed to run the non-profit. How can you help? Take or send your gently used books to the bookstore cafe and donate them.