Volunteer opportunities for book lovers and readers.
1. Triangle Literacy Council — Raleigh
The Triangle Literacy Council improves the lives of adults, youth, and families by teaching basic literacy and life skills for economic and social success. Complete a tutor application online at triangleliteracy.org
2. Durham Literacy Center
The Durham Literacy Center is the leading adult literacy non-profit organization serving Durham County. Our mission is to empower Durham County residents who want to improve their lives and the lives of their families by improving their literacy skills. Go to durhamliteracy.org, review the Volunteer Opportunities Grid and follow the links to more information for the opportunities that interest you most.
3. Read and Feed — Wake County
The mission is to give disadvantaged elementary school children an appetite for reading. Using mobile classrooms, we provide meals to eliminate hunger, mentors to help children read, and books to build home libraries.
Tutors, food pick-up and delivery and RV Drivers needed.
4. Reach out and Read — National
They partner with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Trained medical professionals speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud, starting in infancy. And at each regular checkup from 6 months through 5 years of age, the child receives a new book to take home. Each year, medical providers at the nearly 5,000 Reach Out and Read program sites nationwide distribute 6.5 million books to children and invaluable literacy advice to parents. In hospitals and clinics around the Triangle.
Donate books or become a volunteer reader.
5. Helping Paws International
Founded and headquartered in N.C., Helping Paws looking for certified therapy dog/pet teams to join their read with a dog literacy program called B.A.R.K.S. (Bonding Animals, Reading, Kids, & Safety). Children in B.A.R.K.S. increase their reading test scores an average of 1-3 grade levels/year while building self-esteem and confidence. They also learn about the humane treatment animals.
6. The Center for Volunteer Caregiving — Cary
Provides volunteer services to improve the lives of seniors, caregivers and adults with disabilities. In home support seeks to alleviate social isolation and depression that often accompanies the physical and emotional challenges facing older adults and adults with disabilities who are homebound. Volunteers provide friendly visits that may include reading.
7. Orange Literacy
Help adults reach their education, employment and life goal by providing free, flexible instruction in reading, writing and basic math, English and computer skills and GED preparation. They match trained volunteer tutors with adult learners.
8. Gatewave — National
They play verbatim readings from magazines, newspapers and the web, spoken by skilled human voices, never computers. Based in New York City, Gatewave broadcasts the content of over 100 magazines and newspapers 24-hours a day / 7 days a week. Gatewave depends on the dedication of its many volunteers to provide 24-hour broadcast content to its local and national audio streams. By reading aloud, you can bring a world of printed material to those who are visually-impaired or otherwise unable to read print. Volunteer readers must have access to a recording studio or home recording system. Before you are eligible to become a volunteer broadcaster for Gatewave, you must take and pass our audition for reading aloud.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By telephone: 646-202-1049
9. LibriVox — National
Free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world. You do not need any prior experience to volunteer for LibriVox, nor do you need to audition or send us samples. All you need is your voice, some free software, your computer, and maybe an inexpensive microphone.
10. Book Harvest — Durham
Provides books to low-income children in central North Carolina. A rich vocabulary, imagination, empathy, bonding with parents and siblings, academic success and a lifelong love of reading: These are just a few of the benefits that accrue when books are readily available in the homes of our children. Unfortunately, 61% of America’s low-income children are growing up in homes without any books. Book Harvest’s big dream is to change that reality. Sort books, help at events, work in the office, marketing and outreach, etc.