Ohio Volunteer Opportunities for Bookworms

December 14, 2015 / volunteer / Ohio Volunteer Opportunities

If you’re looking for a chance to get out and volunteer in your Ohio community: that’s great! Committing your time, talents, and energy to a cause that helps others is one of the most fulfilling things that you can do.

But you’ll have twice the passion if you’re helping others while staying involved in something else that you love, too. For bookworms, bibliophiles, and avid readers, there are plenty of Ohio volunteer opportunities that you’ll feel right at home with.

Here are a few volunteer paths for you to consider:

 

  • Reach Out and Read

 

http://www.reachoutandread.org/get-involved/volunteer/

 

If you don’t have time to read to kids, you can still help support Reach Out and Read by donating or finding them any of the following:

  • 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  

There are tons of Reach Out and Read programs located throughout Ohio. Go to their interactive map here to find the nearest program to you, and ask how you can help connect kids with the power of books.

 

  1. Project READ

https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1783519.jsp

 

Located in Dayton, Ohio, Project READ is a non-profit organization that promotes literacy within the community. They’ve partnered with Look at a Book bookstore in Centerville, Ohio, where all the donated books to Project READ have to be sorted, distributed to the literacy groups, or organized on the shelves of the store.

 

The donated books go to help groups like youth programs, church organizations, schools, and other events. They always need a hand collecting the donations and cataloguing the books to ensure that they get into the hands that need them the most.

 

If you don’t have the time to volunteer at the store or with distribution of the books, Project READ is always looking for more gently used books to share with the community, so clean out that bookshelf at home! Potential volunteers are asked to contact Project READ for an application at 937-461-7323 or holly.elkins-lopez@sinclair.edu.

 

  1. Read for Literacy

http://www.readforliteracy.org/volunteer/

 

Volunteers are what make Read for Literacy and their affiliated cause, Claire’s Day, able to offer year-round programming and events for the Toledo, Ohio community.

 

If you have just 2-3 hours free each week, you can help with their three adult and family literacy programs that they offer:

  • Adult Literacy: this is Read for Literacy’s largest program with over 1,150 participants learning.
  • English Language Learners: tutors can work with adults whose first language isn’t English to help them improve their English language skills as well as helping them pass their U.S. Citizenship tests.
  • Creating Family Readers: this program focuses on providing individual families with one-on-one support in creating an environment of learning and a love of literature.

 

Read for Literacy also hosts a recurring event called Claire’s Day, as well as multiple literacy and reading programs for children of all ages.

 

There are so many ways for you to combine your love of reading with a desire to help your Ohio community. So get out there and spread the love of literature with others!

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