The Literacy Coalition of South Alabama's mission is to advocate, coordinate, promote, and support literacy for all. Its purpose is to support literacy services throughout the southwest Alabama service area. This area includes Mobile, Washington, Clarke, Baldwin, and Escambia Counties in Alabama. Funds raised will go to purchase books for young, needy school children who might otherwise be unable have reading material in their homes. The children for whom books will be purchased come from low-income, under-resourced areas of southwest Alabama. With help from the Literacy Coalition of South Alabama, these children will be able to start a home library and be far more motivated to become proficient readers. Because reading is essential to success in school, this initiative will increase the chances they will persist to graduation and become contributing and productive citizens in society.