Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with the love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success. Our mission is motivated by a landmark 1985 study, conducted by the National Commission on Reading, which found that "the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading aloud to children." Program Description: Reading to Kids organizes monthly reading clubs on the second Saturday of every month at eight downtown Los Angeles elementary schools. Volunteers read aloud to small groups of K-5th grade children and create arts and crafts projects about the stories. Each child receives a book to take home and the books read aloud are donated to the school's library. Reading aloud to children imparts a love of books that leads to improved literacy, to a more successful education, and a brighter future. Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: Pairs of volunteer readers read aloud to small groups of students from the elementary school (typically between 4 and 6 children per group) in a fun environment that includes creating crafts. Reading to Kids supplies all of the books and craft supplies, and teachers at the elementary schools provide supervision and guidance throughout the morning. Time Commitment: 9:00am- 12:00pm Requirements: To volunteer at the next reading clubs, please visit http://www.readingtokids.org where you'll need to register and RSVP ahead of the reading club date. For more information, please feel free to e-mail email@example.com or call (310) 479-7455. This opportunity services eight Los Angeles Unified School District elementary schools in the Pico-Union/Westlake neighborhoods near downtown LA. Choose your school when you RSVP at their website. This opportunity serves the zip codes of 90019, 90017, 90057, and 90006. Benefits: A light breakfast is provided, and volunteers will meet other like-minded volunteers who love reading and children. Volunteers also meet wonderful children eager to hear a story and receive a free book for their home libraries, and get to create crafts with children. *This project is created, organized and managed by our nonprofit partner. Once you click on EXPRESS INTEREST below a staff person from that organization will contact you to follow up.
Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities
- Issue Area(s): Children & Youth Education