Reach Out and Read's impact is magnified and enhanced by the work and the dedication of thousands of volunteers nationwide. In fact, Reach Out and Read is one of the largest providers of volunteer opportunities in the USA!
Reach Out and Read's doctors, nurses, and medical staff all volunteer the thousands of hours they spend each year promoting early literacy and school readiness to over 121,500 children in Virginia.
Here are some simple ways you can become involved in Reach Out and Read Virginia:
Celebrate RORVA Day: Coordinate simple fundraising activities through your workplace or a local community or civic association in celebration of their commitment to their local community. Possible events might include:
- Donuts for Donations
- Breakfast for Books
- Casual/Jeans Day
- Laps for Literacy
- Brown Bag Lunch Day
The funds raised are used to provide sustainability funding and books for a local program – funds raised can often be matched by Reach Out and Read. All donations are tax deductible.
Adopt an RORVA Clinic:
- Create a pleasant literacy rich waiting room in a local RORVA program clinic: Painting walls, artwork and murals; building or refurbishing bookcases and furniture; sewing window treatments…
- Volunteer to read to children in a local RORVA clinic.
"I had just finished my shift as a volunteer reading and was pulling out of the parking lot when I saw a little 4-year-old boy jumping up and down waving to me. As I rolled my window down, I recognized a boy that I had been reading to that morning. He was yelling, 'Thank you reading lady! Thank you for reading to me!' As I left, I had a very good feeling knowing that I had made an impression on this little boy!"
- Jeri Kentz, Reach Out and Read Volunteer
Conduct an “RORVA Give a Book – Change a Life” Book Drive:
- Coordinate these drives through your local community organizations, workplace, church, local school, Girl or Boy Scout troops, professional organization or simply a group of friends in your area, and then distribute them to local RORVA program waiting rooms after sorting.
- Local bookstores are also often happy to hold book drives. These new books can be used for local RORVA programs. We are always in need of local volunteers to coordinate these efforts.
RORVA Literacy Ambassador: Volunteer to speak to local civic groups and other organizations about the Reach Out and Read program and to encourage these groups to become more involved in the programs. We can provide training and the materials.