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Community Programs and Partnerships

Organized in 1919, Quota International, Inc., is a service organization that links its members in a worldwide network of service and friendship. Quota’s members are committed to serving their communities and their world. In addition to the police, the Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program has expanded to include the involvement of businesses and organizations, municipal leaders, the educational community and other caring individuals who joined with Quota volunteers to “make a difference” in the lives of our children.

The vision of the organization is to demonstrate to our children the commitment of our community by organizing memorable literacy events throughout the Lehigh Valley. For volunteers, these events present an opportunity to interact with and read to the children; for the children, they present an opportunity to take home a book of their very own while interacting with members of the community; for the community, they present an opportunity to enrich the lives of our children.

Community Service activities include:

  • collecting new and gently used books at locations throughout the Lehigh Valley.
  • maintaining a continuous stock of children’s books on bookshelves in police substations in the city of Bethlehem — encouraging children to stop in and choose their very own book and to meet neighborhood police officers.
  • distributing books to young people throughout the Lehigh Valley and supplementing the libraries in schools or other organizations — books for children to, in fact, own.
  • bringing the community into the schools and reading to the students whenever possible — police officers, high school and college students, municipal leaders, retired teachers, and members of the business community and local organizations volunteer their time to be a part of this experience.
  • personalizing the literacy experience by including in each book a special label that is signed by a member of the community participating in the event.
  • partnering with Northampton Community College to help support the Cops 'n' Kids Reading Room.
  • storing books at several local sites where they are sorted and labeled by community volunteers


2014 Sponsorship poster

On behalf of all of the children in our community who benefit from your thoughtfulness, I would like to thank you for your willingness to help us in our mission of“connecting kids and community through literacy.”

Beverly Bradley
and the Cops ‘n’ Kids Family of Volunteers 


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Express Times Weekly Spotlight article features Cops n Kids
February 23, 2015


  • 2005: Winner of the Quota International, Inc., Quota Cares Month Awards Competition as an outstanding example of Quota service and caring.
  • 2005: One of five projects selected from organizations representing 14 countries throughout the world.
  • 2006: Received award at the International Convention Awards Ceremony in Goldcoast, Queensland, Australia.
  • 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008: Featured in the international Quotarian, a publication with a circulation which includes members in 14 countries.
  • 2006: Received Governor’s Citizen Crime Prevention Volunteer Recognition Award from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
  • 2006: Featured in the September 2006 issue The Statement, the Pennsylvania State Education Association—Retired publication.
  • 2006: Featured in the October 2006 issue of the Voice, the Pennsylvania State Education Assocation publication.
  • 2007: Received PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association) Human and Civil Rights Award.
  • 2007: Selected as a “Local Hero” for 2007 Muhlenberg College documentary identifying local community members/organizations whose work makes a difference in the Allentown community.
  • 2008: Featured in the May 2008 issue of NEA TODAY, which has a circulation of more than 3.2 million.
  • 2010: Selected by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce as the recipient organization for its annual fundraising event, the 2010 Snow Ball.
  • 2010, 2011, 2012: Invited to join the Leadership Panel for Lehigh University's Iacocca Institute Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry, an applied leadership and cultural awareness training program which welcomes interns from more than 50 countries.