Looking for Meaningful Volunteer Opportunities?
PHILADELPHIA READS offers opportunities that fit your schedule, are meaningful and fun -- and enhance literacy by inspiring a child to fall in love with reading!
Please check out our volunteer opportunities for adults, college, university and high school students, seniors, families and work-study students.
PHILADELPHIA READS partners with businesses, community organizations and individuals to build literacy skills in the youngest and most under-served student populations.
We thank our dedicated volunteer core, and generous supporters. Together we are working to increase literacy awareness and help students develop solid literacy skills by 4th grade.
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PHILADELPHIA READS Book Bank - Children's Books for Classroom Libraries
Host A Children's Book Drive to Stock the Book Bank
We're recruiting companies, community groups, youth groups and individuals to host a children's book drive to stock the Book Bank. The Book Bank recycles these new and gently-used books directly into the hands of teachers for their classroom libraries. Because of budget cuts, funds for classroom libraries have been drastically reduced. The Book Bank -- modeled on an actual book store -- but free of charge -- makes these gently-used children's books available to Philadelphia teachers in public, private, charter, parochial and community schools.
It's easy to host a Book Drive:
- We’ll send you our tool kit of information and materials on how to run a successful drive!
- Collect new and gently-used books for students in pre-school to 8th grade
Record Children's Books on CD/Tape
Want to express your dramatic voice and promote children's literacy?
We're recruiting volunteers to record children's picture books on tape. Each book and CD or tape are shelved in the Book Bank and available for teachers -- free of charge -- for their classrooms. Volunteers are welcome to record these dramatic readings together! Children love hearing more than one voice on a tape as they follow along in the book.
Teachers, Retired Teachers, Children’s Librarians, Retired Librarians, Education Majors, Children’s Literature Majors, Library Science Majors
- Sort and shelve gently-used books. Volunteer hours:Tuesdays 11 am to 3 pm. Wednesdays: 11 am to 2:30 pm.lunteer hours:
- Assist teachers during Book Bank teacher hours. Volunteer hours: Wednesdays 2:30 - 5:30 pm..
Pick-Up Books Collected at Book Drive Sites
Pick up boxes of gently-used books at book drive sites in Philadelphia, and deliver to Book Bank at MLK High School. Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11 am to 2 pm. Requires a valid drivers license and ability to lift boxes of books.
Philadelphia Reading Olympics - College Locations in Philadelphia
Want to be part of the largest Jeopardy-style reading competition in Philadelphia? We're recruiting volunteers to moderate and keep score at this seven-day event held in May at local colleges. Volunteers are needed to serves as moderators and scorekeepers for the event.
We'd Like to Get To Know You!
We'd like to get to know you and work with you to find the volunteer opportunity that's right for you! Please complete this VIP form, or contact PHILADELPHIA READS at (215) 279-7450 or firstname.lastname@example.org With the dedication and support of volunteers, we will make Philadelphia a city of readers!
Volunteer Information Profile (VIP) Form
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I'd like to Volunteer with PHILADELPHIA READS:
Record Books on CD or Tape
Host a Book Drive
Sort and Shelve Book Bank Books
Pick up Book Drive Books
Reading Olympics Moderator /Scorekeeper
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