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 Ambassadors’ Program or helping us raise funds. Whatever you decide, we have the tools to prepare you for the task. Since our organization supports children in our community, we require all volunteers complete a background check.
As a volunteer tutor, you will be working directly with children. 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. 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!
Upcoming Volunteer Orientations
Next volunteer orientations:
- There are currently no volunteer orientations scheduled. Check back soon for our virtual orientation dates and times!
Once orientation dates, times, and locations are confirmed, they will be posted here. In the meantime, please reach out to us if you are interested/available to volunteer in the following capacities:
- Supply and Book Distribution:
- The Y – Cary Towne Center: Tuesdays from 2:00 – 3:30pm
- The Y – Church of Apostles: Tuesdays from 2:00 – 3:30
- The Y – New Hope Baptist Church: Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5pm
- The Y – Fuquay Varina United Methodist Church: Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6pm
- First United Methodist Cary: Every other Thursday from 10:30am – 1pm
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Ways to Volunteer
The Team Lead is responsible for overseeing and organizing a Read and Feed tutoring session in conjunction with Program and Evaluation Director.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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)Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
Mission Ambassador 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 […]Learn more »
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 email@example.com.Learn more »
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.Learn more »