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Monika Libelt

United Services

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United Services by Permaco continues partnership with Bernie's Book Bank

United Services by Permaco continues partnership with Bernie's Book Bank and hosts Battle of the Books

Lake Bluff, IL - March 27, 2018

United Services by Permaco continues their partnership with Bernie’s Book Bank and hosts Battle of the Books

United Services by Permaco, Inc. headquartered in Lake Bluff, IL, has announced its continued support of Bernie’s Book Bank, a Chicagoland nonprofit focused on “significantly increasing book ownership among at-risk children.”

United Services has supported the mission of Bernie’s Book Bank since their inception in 2009. This year, United Services is organizing a Battle of the Books contest to collect children’s books. The book drive is a friendly competition among local insurance agencies to benefit the children Bernie’s Book Bank serves.

The battle commences April 18with a kickoff event hosted by United Services at Bernie’s Book Bank. Agents will learn more about the organization and volunteer in the processing center. Throughout the month of May, agents will continue the competition by collecting children’s books. The agency with the most books collected (per capita) will be announced as the winner of the battle. This is a fun, easy and meaningful way for insurance agencies to get involved and support at-risk children in the community.

Last year, United Services insurance agents donated over six thousand books to Bernie’s Book Bank! This was a huge accomplishment for United Services and the participating insurance agencies. The expectation is for this momentum to continue with this year’s book collection effort. 

Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.

“Reading is the single most important skill a child needs to learn. Yet studies show that 61% of low-income families don’t have any books at all in their homes for their children,” said Brian Floriani, Founder and Executive Director of Bernie’s Book Bank. “Bernie’s Book Bank aims to change that statistic by pouring quality children’s books into ‘at-risk’ homes, ensuring that children have access to books from birth and arrive at school ‘reading ready.’”

Currently, Bernie’s Book Bank serves more than 300,000 children throughout Chicagoland. Each child served receives 12 quality books per year to take home and call their own. The organization has distributed more than 11.4 million books since December of 2009!

For over 35 years United Services has been providing property restoration services to areas of Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Cook and Kane County in Illinois along with Southeast Wisconsin. United Services’ highly trained team is experienced and proficient in dealing with the unique needs of the disaster restoration industry including working with insurance companies and property owners when a property has suffered damage due to a wind, fire, water, or mold.  


About United Services by Permaco Inc.

United Services is a full-service restoration company with extensive background in the cleaning and construction industries. Our highly trained team is experienced and proficient in dealing with the unique needs of those needing disaster restoration. We provide emergency service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year with IICRC Certified personnel. Our fast response helps prevent unnecessary additional damage. United Services is also a member of Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), a business network of leading property damage restoration contractors across North America. Since 1981, our outstanding reputation has assured our customers' excellence and professionalism in every project. Call (847) 816-9800 or our toll-free number 1-800-DRY-U-OUT (1-800-379-8688).  For more information, visit