Volunteer

Interested in volunteering with us?

Read and Feed has many volunteer opportunities! If you love working with children, consider becoming a tutor or a driver. If you want to support our mission, but prefer to work behind the scenes, food pick-up or administrative support might be better for you. If you love what we are doing and want to tell the world, consider joining our Speakers Bureau or helping us raise funds. Whatever you decide, we have the tools to prepare you for the task.

As a volunteer tutor, we ask for at least a school-year commitment, with the hope that you will be available about 75% of the time during that year. Read and Feed follows the Wake County Traditional School calendar, meeting approximately 9-10 weeks during the fall semester and 12-14 weeks during the spring semester. We have a few sites that meet for 10 weeks during the summer months. Volunteers working directly with children will be required to complete a background check. See the job descriptions below for a better idea of our volunteer opportunities.

Are you interested in volunteering with our program? These two resources should get you started!

Volunteer Application Form Volunteer FAQs


Upcoming Volunteer Training

Thursday, October 18, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Read and Feed Office, 193 High House Road, Cary, NC

Tuesday, October 30, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Avenue, Room 202, Raleigh, NC

Saturday, November 17, 10:00am – 11:30am
Read and Feed Office, 193 High House Road, Cary, NC

 

 

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Ways to Volunteer


Team Lead

The Team Lead is responsible for overseeing and organizing a Read and Feed tutoring session in conjunction with Volunteer & Program Director.

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Tutor

Serve as a reading tutor for Wake County children, kindergarten to fifth grade, for 1-2 evening hours a week for 24-26 weeks (10, in the summer). Assist in serving a light meal prior to tutoring. Volunteers do not need a teaching background to be tutors – we provide you with the tools you need to work with the children.

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Mobile Classroom Driver

Drive a 38’ RV to the program site and return it to its storage area. Perform a daily check of the RV prior to driving and record mileage and anything else of note regarding the vehicle at the end of your shift. Set up tables and chairs and stow them away after the session. Drivers may also help serve food to the children and tutor if necessary. (Note: No special driver’s license is needed)

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Pickup/Deliver Food

Pick up meals from local restaurants or Interfaith Food Shuttle and deliver them to the program site or Read and Feed office. Also, volunteer may assist in serving the meals to the children at the program sites. Shifts are approximately 1 hour, late afternoon.

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Office/Administration

Volunteers are needed to help keep our office organized, sort and label books and enter book titles into our library database. Other data entry tasks include updating volunteer hours in our volunteer database, entering children’s attendance records in Excel and recording answers from kids’ surveys.

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Mobile Classroom Stocking & Cleaning

Help us prepare the mobile classrooms each day that we have sessions. During regular hours at our Cary office, stock RVs using a checklist of kitchen and cleaning supplies, take-home books, student incentives and other materials, and organize curriculum, books, etc. for that day’s evening session.

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Materials Delivery

Deliver materials and supplies to our facility-based sites across Wake County, as needed. You will have a checklist of kitchen and cleaning supplies, take-home books, student incentives and other materials to gather from inventory, load into your vehicle and take to one or more sites. This may require some moderate, heavy lifting of book boxes.

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Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau volunteers will help spread the word about the important work Read and Feed is doing in Wake County. The volunteer will have to learn statistics and facts about literacy in Wake County as well as the story of Read and Feed. These volunteers may be asked to speak to civic organizations, staff informational […]

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Join a Committee

Are you interested in contributing your skills and ideas to Read and Feed? Join one of our committees! We’re looking for people with skills in social media messaging, graphic design, analytics and copywriting, soliciting donations. We currently have positions available in our Marketing and Fundraising committees. If you are interested in either committee, email jamie.buning@readandfeed.org.

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Fundraiser

Fundraising volunteers will assist Read and Feed in raising funds to support our mission. Volunteers may help identify and research donor prospects, solicit sponsors, develop donor materials, and assist with planning and managing of fund raising events.

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