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Volunteer Opportunities

Read Aloud America is looking for volunteers to join its team of readers who read aloud to groups of children.

RAP is hosted by different schools each semester. Fall programs run every other week for six sessions, from late August/early September through mid-November. Spring programs also run every other week for six sessions, but from late January/early February to mid-April.

Volunteers read aloud to children at RAP sessions and mingle with parents and children in an informal, relaxed setting. Interested volunteers may also provide help in the RAP office, completing office tasks, preparing RAP materials, sorting books, etc. RAP is no-stress. Sessions are positive, relaxed, and fun for parents, teachers, volunteers, and above all - children.

RAP volunteers share their love of reading. They are positive role models and offer children support and attention.



Marilyn Yeager, RAP Volunteer



   Interest in children

   Love of reading

   Must be 16 years or older

RAP sessions take place one early evening every other week for six sessions. Volunteer readers are asked to be present from 5:45 - 7:15 p.m. Free dinner is served! No need to cook on RAP nights!

Fall programs start in late August/early September and end in November before the Christmas/holiday rush.

Spring programs start in late January/early February and end in mid-April.

Readers - Regular readers commit to a specific grade level for all six sessions. This gives continuity to the program and allows children to develop a positive bond with their reader.

Toddler Readers - Volunteers with early childhood experience needed for toddler (ages 2-3) and preschool (ages 3-4) groups. Please indicate experience in "comment" section of the volunteer registration form.

Substitute Readers - Substitute readers step in when regular readers have to miss a session.


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