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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Children’s Book Bank -- MLK High School 6100 Stenton Avenue
We're recruiting volunteers to:
- Sort and shelve gently-used books. Hours: Tuesdays 11 am to 2pm. Wednesdays: 11 am to 4 pm.
- Assist teachers during Book Bank teacher hours. Hours: Wednesdays 2:30 - 5:30 pm
- 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.
Host A Children's Book Drive
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 gently-used books directly into the hands of teachers for use in 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:
- PHILADELPHIA READS provides collection bins and signs
- Collect gently-used books for students in pre-school to 8th grade
Record Children's Books on 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 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.
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 at in April at local colleges Volunteers are needed to serves as moderators and scorekeepers for the event
Reading Coach Program
A tutoring program that recruits, trains, and places literacy volunteers in schools, after-school programs, and community and faith based organizations, to work in a classroom setting with struggling readers
We'd like to get to know you and work with you to find the volunteer opportunity that's right for you! Please complete the 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!
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A huge thank you to each of the 300 plus wonderful people who volunteered their time at the PHILADELPHIA READS Book Bank in honor of Martin Luther King Jr on Monday, January 16!
Together we sorted and shelved more than 30,000 children's books and recorded more than 100 picture books on tape.
Books and Books on Tape are available, free of charge, to Philadelphia teachers -- pre-school thru 8th grade-- for classroom libraries.
Thank you for a great day of service! Hope to see you at other PHILADELPHIA READS volunteer opportunities!