Volunteer

Pass It On

Share your love for language with the next generation.

Reach Out and Read’s impact is magnified by the generosity of thousands of volunteers nationwide. You can help support programs in your community by donating books (both new and gently-used), improving literacy-rich waiting rooms, and reading aloud to children at select program sites. We also encourage our supporters to teach their elected representatives about the power of our program. Together, we can grow our reach, expand our impact, and make a difference for even more children.

“Reading is the path towards knowledge, freedom, and empowerment.”

– Donor, Arizona

3 Ways to Volunteer

  • Donate books or help create a literacy-rich waiting room.

    Reach Out and Read makes books available in waiting rooms for families to read and take home. If you would like to donate new or gently-used books for children or teenagers, please contact your state or regional Reach Out and Read affiliate. Or, if there is no affiliate in your area, contact your local program site. Please note:

    • Gently-used books have intact covers and pages, and are clean and readable.
    • Donations of textbooks or used coloring or activity books cannot be accepted.

    Volunteers can also help to improve the waiting room of a Reach Out and Read program site in their communities by donating:

    • New bookcases or child-sized furniture (benches, tables, chairs).
    • A story time rug.
    • Children’s or parenting magazines.
    • Bulletin boards or other displays.
    • Murals, artwork, or photographs with literary themes or characters created by art students or artists (must be within the parameters of the individual Reach Out and Read program sites).
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  • Volunteer as a reader.

    Volunteer readers can provide a positive experience for children in waiting rooms, and can help to model good reading aloud practices for parents. You can help show parents just how much fun reading with children can be.

    Not all clinics and practices can accommodate volunteer readers. In addition, many program sites require background checks and volunteer orientations, and many have age limits for volunteers. Download our volunteer reader brochure for more information.

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  • Advocate for literacy-friendly policies.

    Reach Out and Read has broad bipartisan support in Congress. Fifteen states currently invest in our work, providing critical funding for books and infrastructure. With the active involvement of our many supporters, Reach Out and Read continues to seek public funding and private support to enable us to reach as many children and families as possible.

    You can help by spreading the word to your elected officials. Educate your legislators about the impact of Reach Out and Read on the children and families served in your community. Telephone calls, letters, meetings, and Reach Out and Read program site visits can have a tremendous impact.

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Our program is possible because of generous financial support from donors like you.

Find a Site
Use our interactive map tool to locate a nearby site that is able to accommodate volunteers.