Your Purchase of Paper Boats Makes a Difference!
Driven to make a mark beyond printed words on the page, Erndell Scott found himself impacted by his own character, Otto, in his breakout novel, Paper Boats. The pages of the story open with the 11 year-old Jewish boy already an orphan having been carted off like swine from the Lodz Ghetto to serve as a pawn for the vicious SS party leader. Though Otto’s journey is long and he ultimately develops remarkable relationships, it is not lost on Mr. Scott that Otto never returns to the family home he knew and loved as a child, and is forced to grow up far too fast.
With an innate empathy for what homeless, parentless children like Otto must experience, Mr. Scott is proud to partner with Together We Rise, with a portion of each book purchased from Amazon benefitting the non-profit organization. Launched in 2008, Together We Rise was founded by college students after one of their classmates discovered that their 9 year-old cousin was living in a car. They wanted to do something, but they came across some obstacles because they were all under the age of 21. Government agencies denied their help due to Federal regulations. There were no organizations like TWR that welcomed young people to join their efforts.
Dedicated to transforming the way youth navigate through the foster care system in America, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization is comprised of motivated young adults and former foster youth. Its vision is to improve the lives of foster children in America, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public. Together We Rise collaborates with community partners to bring resources to foster youth and use service-learning activities to educate volunteers on issues surrounding the foster care system.
TWR works with hundreds of foster agencies, social workers, CASA advocates, and other partners to bring programs to foster youth across the nation. The foundation allows the agency to provide thousands of foster youth across the country with new bicycles, college supplies, and suitcases so that children do not have to travel from home to home with their belongings in a trash bag.