Donn Young Memorial Book Distribution Program

The Lake Elsinore Valley Education Foundation supports Family Literacy through the Donn Young Memorial Book Distribution Program *.  Each year thousands of books are given FREE to early grades in the LEUSD through our collaboration with the First Book Program. To date we have distributed over 18,000 books. If you receive a book from our organization as an adult, it is your chance to gift to a son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild or family friend. Books open up the world of learning, discovery and escape. Reading is not only a life-long skill but it is the key to academic success. Remember, reading is fun, pass it on!

Did You Know that the Lake Elsinore Valley Education Foundation (LEVEF) gives thousand dollar scholarships to seniors from Lakeside, Elsinore, Temescal Canyon and Ortega High Schools?  To date we‘ve awarded $103,000.

Did You Know that the LEVEF is part of the larger nonprofit Inland Empire Community Foundation?

Did You Know that we have local business partners who sponsor our book distributions; giving them opportunity to support family literacy?   Between 2016 and 2020 The Elks Lodge in Wildomar alone has granted us approx. $7,350 allowing us to distribute more than 18,000 books. Books are distributed to students throughout the LEUSD. We also attend community events for a broader age level distribution of books.

Did You Know our group was initially founded by local business, education and government leaders spear headed by former LEUSD Superintendent Sharron Lindsay?  Upon Mrs. Lindsay’s passing we established an estate scholarship and yearly present $1,000 to a student pursuing education and teaching, in the name of Dr. Sharron Lindsay.

Did You Know that we are always on the lookout for a few good directors?  Our current Board hosts a variety of public servants who have served as Planning Commissioners, Mayors, City Council Members, School Board Members, Business Leaders, active parents, and local leaders in public service.  If you would like to consider joining our mission as a director please contact us for more information. 

Did You Know that we have partnered with Southern California Edison to award scholarships to seniors with an emphasis on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)? We also use our resources to assist others in reviewing applications and distributing local scholarship money from businesses like Southwest Health Care System, Padres Baseball, Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation and Schools First Credit Union.

Did You Know that we attend the local College Night Program at the Outlets? We provide information to parents and students on resources that include local scholarship monies available and online3assistance for college bound seniors.

Did You Know that our community partners include EVMWD, Schools First Credit Union, So Cal Edison, First Book, DeJong’s Dairy, LEUSD and the Elks Lodge? Their support allows us to bring financial assistance to local LEUSD seniors as well as support Family Literacy through generous book donations.

Did You Know we stay connected to our communities through our Chamber memberships in both the Wildomar and Lake Elsinore Chambers of Commerce?  We are building our partnership network one organization at a time.

Now You Know

Visit the Inland Empire Community Foundation website for information on opportunities to give.

*Donn Young was a local Wildomar resident who served his country, raised his family and found himself a leader in the Shriners Organization among others. As part of our organization, Donn served as our Treasurer for many years until his passing a few years ago. He was a great friend and believed that reading was the key to a successful education. It is an honor to distribute books in his name  and a great way to preserve his legacy of community service.


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Established in 2007, The Lake Elsinore Valley Education Foundation (LEVEF) was created in honor of former LEUSD Superintendent Dr. Sharron Lindsay, who envisioned it as a lasting way for the community to help support students of all abilities to pursue a college education.

We are also proud of our new program that provides books to elementary age students.

Our next big step starting in Fall of 2018/19 is supplemental funding for enrichment programs that will provide educational opportunities, including academic, artistic, vocational and athletic needs.


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Kevin Pape, Chairman
(951) 609-7525



Lake Elsinore Valley Education Foundation
Attn: Kevin Pape, Chairman
914 Dolly Drive
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530-7200

LEVEF Tax ID: 330748536


The Lake Elsinore Valley Education Foundation is proudly affiliated with the Inland Empire Community Foundation.

The mission of the Inland Empire Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the communities it serves.