Seattle's Child

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Volunteer reading programs where you can help Seattle-area kids

Your time and your voice can make all the difference.

Succeeding begins with reading, yet many children in the Seattle area don’t have access to books or caregivers who are available to read to them. Here’s how you can help:

Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program is looking for enthusiastic Story Time Volunteers to read books and create simple crafts with preschool- and kindergarten-age kids. 206-461-0123

Reach out and Read is a national program running at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Volunteer responsibilities include reading to patients, siblings and families in the clinic waiting areas and engaging families in discussions about the program. 206-987-2155

Reading Partners is seeking volunteers to follow a structured curriculum and help students learn specific skills necessary to become proficient readers. 206-992-4484

Read to Me! A new program at the Seattle Public Library helps parents incarcerated at the King County Correctional Facility make videos of themselves reading a story. The videos are given to their kids, helping them connect. Support the program with a monetary donation to the Seattle Public Library Foundation. (206) 386-4130.