Help make a difference in the lives of our littlest residents.

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 can:

  • 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 elsewhere

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 Member

Come serve on our Connecticut and Massachusetts Advisory Board and help us chart our course!

Help Create a Literacy-Rich Waiting Room

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 rooms. 

Become a Volunteer Reader

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 volunteers.


  Local Connecticut Impact
73 Reach Out and Read Programs
39,872 Children Served Annually
73,986 Books Distributed Annually
U.S. Totals
4.7 million
children served annually

Reach Out and Read's thousands of doctors and nurses promote early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families in all 50 states. 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.

Contact Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read National Center
89 South St, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02111