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Volunteer at the Book Warehouse

Support your local library by volunteering with the Friends of the Houston Public Library at the Book Warehouse! No prior training/experience is needed; guidance will be provided at the Book Warehouse. We welcome all volunteers ages 13 and up. Please wear close-toed shoes and clothes you are comfortable in. For Friends of HPL volunteers 17 or younger: Please print our volunteer liability release form and have you and your parent or guardian sign it and bring it in with you on your first shift with the Friends of HPL. You can locate the form here. Duties: Scanning donated and discarded books using Neatoscan scanner Sorting and moving books into appropriate area (listing, research, recycle, etc.) General warehouse projects such as, breaking down boxes, moving books to other areas, and sorting books for community book sales Listing books on Amazon Location: Our Book Warehouse is located at 6510 W. Little York, 77040 in the Chase Bank plaza. We are located between the bank and the CVS. Thanks for volunteering with the Friends of the Houston Public Library!

Houston, TX

10/5/19 11:00 AM + more

2019-20 Bilingual Male Mentor

Lunch Bunch is an academic enrichment program fully facilitated by volunteer mentors. Mentors are paired with a group of four male 3rd grade students and meet weekly October-April on Tuesdays or Thursdays for 30 minutes during the students’ lunch period. Mentors are provided with an easy-to-follow curriculum as a resource that focuses on building the students’ life and social skills, relationships with others, and improving their behavior. Houston ISD background check and orientation/training delivered by Making It Better is required. Making It Better is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to transform communities by empowering children and families through literacy, leadership, and life skills. Founded in 2006 by Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis, Making It Better has been on the frontlines of transforming the lives of underserved and at-risk children and their families. Through compassionate and highly trained Reading Interventionists, the organization has made great strides in narrowing the literacy gap for some of Houston’s most vulnerable children. Coupled with leadership, life skills, and parent-specific programming, early intervention programs offered by Making It Better provide opportunities to lift children up from their low socio-economic status and are a core tool for improving school readiness and social skills for at-risk children.

Houston, TX

10/1/19 11:20 AM

Reader (Metz Rec Center) - Fall 2019

Reading Aces is an organization that allows volunteers to attend at-risk community centers and work with elementary students to improve their literacy skills. It is a fun and easy way to positively impact your community. It also looks great on your resume and fulfills service hours!

Austin, TX

9/17/19 4:00 PM + more

Reader (Virginia Brown Rec Center) - Fall 2019

Reading Aces is an organization that allows volunteers to attend at-risk community centers and work with elementary students to improve their literacy skills. It is a fun and easy way to positively impact your community. It also looks great on your resume and fulfills service hours!

Austin, TX

9/18/19 3:30 PM + more

Reader (Delores Duffie Recreational Center) - Fall 2019

Reading Aces is an organization that allows volunteers to attend at-risk community centers and work with elementary students to improve their literacy skills. It is a fun and easy way to positively impact your community. It also looks great on your resume and fulfills service hours!

Austin, TX

9/19/19 4:00 PM + more

My Home Library- Big Awesome Book Sort (December)

Grab your friends on Friday and Saturday, December 6th & 7th to volunteer your time to help sort books at the Big Awesome Book Sort event. Come be a part of getting new books in the hands of nearly 5,000 children across the Houston-area! The Big Awesome Book Sort is initiative of Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s My Home Library program which is aimed at providing more children free access to books in the home. Children log onto the My Home Library website to create a wish list of six brand new books to build their home library. Then, members of the community sponsor a child's library. At December’s Big Awesome Book Sort event, volunteers will sort and bag nearly 30,000 books selected by children at thirteen Houston-area schools. On Friday morning (12/6 - 9am-11:30am) volunteers will help to set-up, unloading and sorting boxes of books. Please note volunteers must be willing and able to carry up to 15-25lbs during this shift. During Friday’s (12/6) afternoon shift (12pm-3:30pm) and both shifts on Saturday (12/7) volunteers will sort, bundle and package each student’s wish list of 6 books! The Big Awesome Book Sort event will be held at the Region 4 Education Service Center, 7200 Northwest 100 Dr., Houston, TX 77092. Due to capacity restrictions at our event, participation requires registration. Note: Volunteers age 13-18 are welcome to participate. Please email the opportunity coordinator for more information. All volunteers under the age of 18 will need to bring a volunteer liability waiver to the event, signed by their parent or guardian. This waiver can be found at this link.

Houston, TX

12/7/19 9:00 AM + more

2019-20 Weekly Youth Mentor

Lunch Bunch is an academic enrichment program fully facilitated by volunteer mentors. Mentors are paired with a group of four 3rd, 4th, or 5th-grade students and meet weekly October-April on Tuesdays or Thursdays for 30 minutes during the students’ lunch period between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm on school campuses. Mentors are provided with an easy-to-follow curriculum as a resource that focuses on building the students’ life and social skills, relationships with others, and improving their behavior. Times vary based on the school campus. Houston ISD background check and orientation/training delivered by Making It Better is required. This program is hosted at the following HISD elementary schools: Walnut Bend Shadowbriar Ashford Mark White Neff Ross Bruce Making It Better is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to transform communities by empowering children and families through literacy, leadership, and life skills. Founded in 2006 by Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis, Making It Better has been on the frontlines of transforming the lives of underserved and at-risk children and their families. Through compassionate and highly trained Reading Interventionists, the organization has made great strides in narrowing the literacy gap for some of Houston’s most vulnerable children. Coupled with leadership, life skills, and parent-specific programming, early intervention programs offered by Making It Better provide opportunities to lift children up from their low socio-economic status and are a core tool for improving school readiness and social skills for at-risk children.

Houston, TX

Through 4/23/20

My Home Library- Big Awesome Book Sort (November)

Grab your friends on Friday, November 15th and November Saturday, 16th to volunteer your time to help sort books at the Big Awesome Book Sort event. This will be one of our biggest book sorts ever – come be a part of getting new books in the hands of nearly 5,000 children across the Houston area! The Big Awesome Book Sort is initiative of Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s My Home Library program which is aimed at providing more children free access to books in the home. Children log onto the My Home Library website to create a wishlist of six brand new books to build their home library. Then, members of the community sponsor a child's library. At November’s Big Awesome Book Sort event, volunteers will sort and bag nearly 30,000 books selected by children at twelve Houston-area schools. On Friday morning (11/15 9am-11:30am) volunteers will help to set up by unloading and sorting boxes of books. Please note volunteers must be willing and able to carry up to 15-25lbs during this shift. During Friday’s (11/15) afternoon shift (12pm-3:30pm) and both shifts on Saturday (11/16) volunteers will sort, bundle and package each students wishlist of 6 books! The Big Awesome Book Sort event will be held at the Region 4 Education Service Center, 7200 Northwest 100 Dr., Houston, TX 77092. Due to capacity restrictions at our event, participation requires registration. Note: Volunteers age 13-18 are welcome to participate. Please email the opportunity coordinator for more information. All volunteers under the age of 18 will need to bring a volunteer liability waiver to the event, signed by their parent or guardian. This waiver can be found at this link.

Houston, TX

11/16/19 12:30 PM + more

Organize a Book Drive

Organize a book drive and earn volunteer hours at the same time! Your school, club or organization can collect books, dvds and cds on our behalf and deliver them to us, and we will credit you for the time spent doing so. Collect 60 items for an hour of volunteer credit, 120 for 2 hours, and so on. This is a great way to make a direct impact on our mission of serving the Houston Public Library! Contact us to let us know when you are planning your book drive, and to set up a delivery time. All items should ultimately be delivered to us in boxes, bins or bags that you can part with at 6510 W. Little York.

Houston, TX

Through 12/31/19

International Services Administrative Assistant

The Library's International Services Division has requested the assistance of a volunteer to help with administrative duties. The assigned volunteer will help assist with various tasks that include inventory, standard clerical and office work, customer service, and other tasks as assigned by staff. Volunteers 18 years of age and older are preferable.

Houston, TX

9/18/19 10:00 AM + more

 

Volunteers Change Lives

 

Interested in joining our army of partners and volunteers working to combat Houston’s literacy crisis?     

The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation works diligently to expand the capacity of school districts, libraries and community-based literacy service providers to serve people in need through volunteerism and service.

Today, Connect4Literacy.org is Houston’s go-to platform for those wanting to volunteer and become a point of light by working to improve literacy rates. The interactive platform allows volunteers to search volunteer opportunities, form volunteer teams, track and print transcripts of service hours, and much more.