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When she was a tutor to children from low-income families in Washington, DC, Kyle Zimmer was amazed by how excited students would get whenever given their own books. As she relayed in a 2011 New York Times story, this work inspired Zimmer to start First Book, an organization dedicated to making reading materials accessible to children in need.

Today, nearly 20 years after Zimmer's eureka moment, First Book works toward this goal through two channels: the First Book Marketplace, an online store with quality books—including Caldecott and Newbery award-winners—available at up to 90% below the retail price, and the First Book National Book Bank, a clearinghouse for publishers’ excess inventory. To date, the organization has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to 50,000 schools and programs throughout the United States and Canada—with more added each month.

The impact has been inspiring. An internal study found that 70% of children reported reading more at home after receiving books from First Book. In recognition of this and other accomplishments, the organization has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2005 Nonprofit Innovation Award and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand to projects big and small at the Groupon Grassroots blog.

1319 F St NW
Washington,
DC
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During the summer Horton’s Kids Summer Camp helps provide students with a healthy, constructive environment, mitigating the "summer slide" in literacy that can occur during the long break and engaging kids with outings around the city. Throughout the six-week program, students focus on improving their literacy in half-day classes and exploring DC on daily field trips. Some excursions promote fitness, such as trips to the pool, and others focus on education, such as visits to museums. The summer camp also augments the class work and activities with healthy meals and snacks every day of the program.

110 Maryland Ave NE
Washington,
DC
US

When Kermit the Frog said, “It’s not easy being green,” he obviously did not have access to today’s Groupon side deal. With this deal, you get a year-long membership to Live Green, an organization that puts the eco in economical. Plus, you get a $10 gift certificate for organic food and drink at Java Green Eco Café. Live Green has negotiated deals and discounts at 30+ green businesses in the DC-area. With your Live Green membership card handy, you can save $50 off a Zipcar membership, get 10% off everything at Sticky Fingers Bakery, buy $0.94 CFLs from ecobeco, and much, much more.

2452 18th St NW
Washington,
DC
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Cornerstone Closets' custom-built storage spaces clobber clutter and decimate messes. On an initial at-home visit, cleanup wizards will use proprietary ORGdesign software to plan and visualize closet structures as the client watches in real time. Prices for custom closets vary based on the quality of the materials and the type of finish, but a 96"x96" walk-in closet starts at $995 and can also contain specialized compartments for different possessions ($30–$75 each). Jewelry inserts secrete away baubles and knick-knacks from prying eyes, while racks can be draped with off-duty ties and belts. All storage structures can be crafted from a cornucopia of materials, from basic white melamine to rich wood-stained veneers and kelly green Flubber.

1700 Kalorama Rd
Washington,
DC
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Today $35 gets you five 50-minute classes at SomaFit in Upper Georgetown. Web reviews praise SomaFit's stunning facility and talented staff of instructors. Take five of the same class or mix and match to see what you like best—at just $7 per class, you're getting an unbelievable bargain.

2121 Wisconsin Ave
Washington,
DC
US

Invisalign straightens crooked chompers through a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of good old-fashioned orthodontia. Three different practices feature orthodontists specially trained and certified in the Invisalign process, which eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain ($325), will pave the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift your walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies with each customer (it can run anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 to put toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.

818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US