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Donations for the Bridge to Asia Project accepted June through August

Jun 4, 2018

The Emeriti Society will be collecting scholarly materials for the Bridge to Asia Foundation throughout the summer. Bridge to Asia collects academic and scholarly books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs and atlases in English and other languages and transports them to China where college faculty can select materials for their programs in colleges in Asia. 

Items not needed include journals, magazines, computer books for specific systems, academic and scholarly journals, lifestyle books (such as personal development, cookbooks, pet care, New Age), and books that proselytize a religion or political view. The university's Physical Plant Department has partnered with the Emeriti Society this year in collecting donations.

Pacific Mail Services staff will collect small donations of a few books from your unit's outgoing mail and bring them to Pacific Mail Services. For larger donations or if you wish to pack your own books, please use sturdy cartons for shipping and use the guidelines below and deliver them to Pacific Mail Services.

Should you need assistance or if you have any questions, please email Kimberly Turner, Physical Plant business manager, at     

Packing Guidelines: 

  • Use sturdy cartons
  • Stack books on their sides, not on their spines
  • Fill spaces with newspaper
  • Tape carton shut
  • Label each carton with your name
  • Address cartons to BRIDGE TO ASIA, 25014 VIKING ST., HAYWARD, CA 94545-2704
  • For multiple cartons, please label them 1/X ... 2/X, etc.

If you want a receipt for tax purposes, please leave your name and address on the list in the Mailroom and indicate the number of cartons in your donation. The Emeriti Society will ask the foundation to send you a formal receipt after all shipments have been received at the warehouse.

The foundation is not permitted to help with appraisals. Resources such as or ItsDeductible Online in TurboTax can be helpful in establishing the value of donated books. The IRS is aware that faculty receive free copies of textbooks from publishers and frowns on tax deduction credits for those texts. 

The Emeriti Society wishes to thank university administration and especially Steve Greenwood, director of Physical Plant, Kimberly Turner, business manager, and Lynne Madewell, Mail Room supervisor, for their support of the project.

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