Bess the Book Bus' continued travels are made possible through the support from our sponsors. Through their contributions, we have traveled through 48 states and given away over 600,000 books, and we thank them for the incredible work they do to keep Bess on the road.

Altrusa International of Tampa Bay

Altrusa International Inc. is an international community service organization dedicated to making our communities better through leadership and service.  


Helping children develop a love of reading and learning, no matter their ability level, is at the heart of what we do at Capstone. Our passion for creating inspired learning has made us the most trusted publisher of children’s books and digital solutions for libraries, classrooms, and consumers for 25 years. Capstone’s content comes in a variety of print and digital formats including board books, picture books, interactive books, apps, audio and databases. Whether print, online, or new, yet-to-be-discovered formats, Capstone provides children and young adults with the content they love.

CITGO Fueling Good

The CITGO Fueling Good® Program is a philosophy that transcends our geographic and socio-economic boundaries and encourages everyone to get involved in their community and share the responsibility for improving the lives of others.

The principles of Fueling Good can be seen in all aspects of the CITGO brand. From the quality fuel and exceptional service provided at locally owned CITGO stations to the continuous fundraising and community efforts of local CITGO employees, Marketers and Retailers, doing good is part of the CITGO DNA and is aligned with the social development principles of the CITGO shareholder, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Learn more at Fueling Good.

DeBartolo Family Foundation

The value of a Foundation to its community goes beyond financial contributions. A

Foundation provides faith and supports the dreams of its recipients. Since 2001, the

DeBartolo Family Foundation has given hope to many less fortunate individuals and

groups in the Tampa Bay area and beyond. The devotion to our community remains

steadfast and strong. From time to time, each of us has an opportunity to reach out and

make a difference in our community. We are proud of the contributions our Foundation

has made.

Lightning Foundation

In 2011, Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, along with his wife, Penny, launched the Lightning Community Hero program, which is a collaboration of the Vinik Family Foundation and the Lightning Foundation, to distribute $10 million to deserving Heroes and non-profits throughout the Tampa Bay community over a five year period. At each of the Lightning’s 41 regular season and playoff home games for the past four seasons, the Lightning Community Hero program has been honored to celebrate a local Hero and donate $50,000 to a non-profit charity of his or her choice. In the first five years of the program, we have shared the stories of 220 deserving Heroes at all of our home games and the Lightning Community Hero program, supported by the Vinik Family Foundation and the Lightning Foundation, has distributed funding to over 400 local charities, totaling $11,100,000 since the program’s inception.

Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz Vans USA donated  the current incarnation of Bess the Book Bus, a 2011 Mercedes- Benz Sprinter 3500.

Publix Supermarket Charities

Our mission at Publix Super Markets Charities is to endeavor to meet the needs of the people in our community. To that end, we commit to being dedicated to the dignity and value of the human spirit—helping strengthen it to overcome adversity, determined to offer people hope and a choice for the future, and devoted to the highest standards of community involvement as demonstrated by our founder George W. Jenkins.

The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County

The Children’s Board invests in partnerships and quality programs to support the success of all children and families in Hillsborough County.

Townsend Press

Townsend Press supports a variety of educational organizations that work to improve literacy in schools and communities where funding is scarce. We have been proud to call them our partners since 2010.

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Bess the Book Bus serves 25,000+ kids and gives away over 50,000 books in dozens of states across the USA each year. We can only do this with your help!

Just one dollar provides up to three books for our kids!


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