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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
  • 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 WISH LIST at your workplace, church or school. This is a great way to support TRC for those who can’t make a regular commitment. You can also order books from our Amazon Wish List and have them shipped directly to our office.

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

TRC Volunteer Blog


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


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.

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TRC volunteers "Connect with Kids" Champions

The Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (APCYF) has announced that TRC Arlington Read-Aloud volunteers are among the Fall 2015 Connect with Kids Champions

Connect with Kids Champions are people who go out of their way to develop and maintain positive, supportive relationships with young people in Arlington. 

TRC's has 86 Read-Aloud volunteers deployed at five housing sites in Arlington. Some volunteers have built long-term relationships with the kids and enjoy watching them grow, build skills and develop a love of reading.

The award will be given at the November 17, 2015, meeting of the Arlington County Board.  Arlington Read-Aloud volunteers have been invited to attend