Volunteers are a vital part of the Reach Out and Read program. Explore opportunites below, or get started by finding a Program Site in your area and contacting a volunteer office.
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Become a Volunteer Reader
One of the three cornerstones of the Reach Out and Read model is to create a literacy-rich environment in the waiting rooms of Reach Out and Read Programs. Volunteer readers help to show parents just how much fun reading with children can be, and they provide helpful tips for getting children excited about books.
Learn more about becoming a volunteer reader.
Organize a Book Drive
Everyone knows how expensive high quality children's books can be. That's why community book drives are an important source of support for thousands of Reach Out and Read Programs nationwide. Donations of both new and gently used books for children are always appreciated. Get More Details
Create a Literacy-Rich Waiting Room
Another fun way to volunteer is to improve the waiting room of a Reach Out and Read Program in your community. Build or donate bookcases or child-sized furniture (benches, tables, chairs, rugs) to help create a reading corner. Artists can create murals with literary themes and characters, or donate child-friendly artwork for display.
Join the Young Leaders Executive Board
Reach Out and Read of Greater New York's Young Leaders Executive Board aims to engage the next generation of Reach Out and Read volunteers and supporters through the creation of events, a speaker series, and other opportunities to interact directly with Reach Out and Read Programs. The Young Leaders Executive Board meets on a monthly basis.
Visit the Young Leaders event/member page
Join the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meets quarterly and, as a local board, members provide leadership and guidance to the Greater New York Reach Out and Read coalition. Members serve as public ambassadors of Reach Out and Read of Greater New York and help to ensure the success of the organization. Members engage in fundraising efforts, support strategic planning decision, provide advice and guidance to the Executive Director and serve as public ambassadors for the organization. The board maintains a goal of 100% participation in financially supporting Reach Out and Read of Great New York and sets annual fundraising goals.
Volunteer in the Reach Out and Read of Greater New York Office
Contact us if you are interested in volunteering in our office, located in Midtown Manhattan. Opportunities in the office will vary, depending on our needs, but may include filing, organizing, or helping with mailings. Volunteers with specific skills sets are appreciated.
If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity with Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, contact us at email@example.com or call 646-237-0103.
Foster Grandparent Volunteers
“Reach Out and Read is a unique literacy program that recognizes how the pediatric community can help parents appreciate the importance of reading aloud to children” NYS Assembly Member Richard Gottfried