Thank you very much for your interest in Reach Out and Read! As
a non-profit organization, volunteers are critical to our success.
Check out our full lists of volunteer or employee engagement opportunities or see
below for some of our most popular ways to give back.
Additional details and opportunities can also be found
at Volunteermatch.org. Please contact VolunteersCT.MAregion@reachoutandread.org for
additional information or to volunteer. Thank you!
Donate Books / Organize a
Virtual Book Drive
Books are at the core of our program. While Reach Out and Read
program sites strive to give out brand-new, doctor-recommended
books in the exam room at all visits, not all sites have the
funding needed to ensure that each child gets a book. Volunteers
- Organize a traditional new board book, book drive and donate
the books to a local Reach Out and Read site. For more
information, click here.
- Organize a virtual book drive where new books are purchased
online and shipped directly to our Reach Out and Read sites.
Get your girlfriends together for a lady's night out and support
Reach Out and Read or coordinate the virtual book drive through
your work, school, faith-based or community organization. For
more information, click here.
- Help sites fundraise, enabling them to leverage the exceptional
discounts provided by our literacy partners and not available
In addition, Reach Out and Read's literacy-rich waiting room
model creates a need for gently-used books in both waiting rooms
and exam rooms - for an older sibling, at a sick visit, or simply
to help build a Reach Out and Read child's home library. Volunteers
of all ages can host a new or gently-used book drive through their
own personal networks: community groups, schools, workplaces,
or faith-based organizations.
Become an Advisory Board
Come serve on our Connecticut and Massachusetts Advisory Board
and help us chart our course!
Help Create a Literacy-Rich
Volunteers can help to improve the waiting room of a Reach Out
and Read program site in their communities. Consider donating:
- New or gently-used books
- New bookcases or child-sized furniture (benches, tables,
chairs) to help create a reading corner
- A story time rug
- Children's or parenting magazines
- Bulletin boards or other displays
Volunteers can also create murals, artwork, or photographs with
literary themes or characters to help liven up waiting
Become a Volunteer
Volunteer readers can provide a positive reading experience for
children in waiting rooms, as well as modeling reading aloud for
parents. Volunteer readers show parents just how much fun reading
with children can be, and provide helpful tips for getting children
excited about books.
This is a rewarding opportunity for small groups and
individuals who would like to become involved on a weekly basis.
Not all clinics can accommodate volunteer readers, so please keep
in mind that the need for volunteers varies at each Reach Out and
Read program site. Some sites require background checks and
volunteer orientations and/or have age limits for