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Thanks for allowing me to share The Read-Aloud program with such wonderful, special kids.  It will be difficult to find another organization as great as TRC and with such an enriching program!

Kristian Vasquez, former ARHA volunteer

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Volunteer Overview

The Reading Connection could not possibly provide its extensive services without the help of its many volunteers. Check out the opportunities below for ways to get involved.

  • Read-Aloud Volunteer

    Spend an hour each month reading with kids and engaging them in conversation and related activities. Read-Aloud programs are held in emergency and transitional housing shelters, domestic violence safehouses, and affordable housing community centers throughout Arlington, Alexandria, SE DC, Reston and Bethesda.

    Click here for more information about the Read-Aloud program and for a volunteer position description.

    • Good For: individuals, adults
    • When: weekday evenings
    • Commitment: monthly, for one year
  • We Are Readers Volunteer

    Interested in reading to kids, but not able to commit to a whole year? Give it a try for six weeks this summer. Individuals and groups are invited to volunteer with We Are Readers, our summer Read-Aloud program in Alexandria and Bethesda. Volunteers will to read to the children and engage them in a fun activity using kits we provide. The kids then get to choose a book to take home with them to keep.

    Volunteers will read one evening a week from June 22 to July 30 (six sessions) and can sign up for 3 or more sessions. Orientation will be held on June 9 at 6:30 at the TRC office in Ballston.

    • Good For: Individuals, groups, short-term availability
    • When: Weekday evenings between June 22 and July 31
    • Commitment: One evening a week for 3 to 6 weeks
  • Office Volunteer

    Help us package the book packages mailed out each month to our Book Club families.  Assist with data entry and analysis, database maintenance, special projects or other administrative tasks as needed.

    • Good For: individuals, adults
    • When: daytime, weekdays
    • Commitment: flexible
  • Book Drives

    Organize a book drive for NEW books from our WISHLIST at your workplace, church or school. This is a great way to support TRC for those who can’t make a regular commitment.

    • Good For: individuals, adults, teens, groups
    • Commitment: one-time

TRC Volunteer Blog

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Stay up-to-date with the happenings at Read-Aloud sites and find tips and suggestions about reading with kids on the TRC Read to Kids Blog.

TRC Volunteer Central

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TRC Volunteer Central is TRC volunteers' centralized system for planning and reporting Read-Alouds, interacting with fellow volunteers and viewing schedules.

All current Read-Aloud volunteers have received an email with their account information. Volunteers can log in with their e-mail and password. 

TRC Volunteer Central can be found at https://volunteer.thereadingconnection.org.