Volunteer Opportunities

AARP Foundation

AARP Foundation Experience Corps volunteers help support children in kindergarten through third grade learn to read. We provide tools, peer support, literacy tutoring, mentoring, coaching, and ongoing training to help you be successful. A small stipend is provided. Enjoyment is plentiful. If you are age 50 & older and want to change the lives of students contact us today!

Contact: Lavonne Nichols

Phone: 267-592-4459

Email: lnichols@aarp.org

Achieve Now

We recruit and train volunteers—adults, middle school and high school students—to coach younger learners one-on-one and in small groups. Our proven literacy program gives our coaches the tools they need to deliver powerful, highly effective reading instruction.

Contact: Volunteer Programs

Phone: (267) 515-3558

Email: programs@achieve-now.com


ASAP needs volunteers to help with after school activities for children so kids can stay engaged after the bell rings. The after school hours are the most dangerous for young people. This is the time when kids get into trouble and are victims—the greatest frequency of violence occurring 3-6 pm. With more than 60% of parents working outside the home, large numbers of youngsters are unsupervised 20 hours weekly. After school clubs provide safe, engaging and sustainable alternatives for Philadelphia youth.

Contact: Sara Morningstar

Phone: 215-545-2727 x10

Email: smorningstar@phillyasap.org


Looking for an opportunity to help in the early childhood education community? DVAEYC often has opportunities where volunteers would make an impact on the
work we do. Whether it be in the office helping with mailings or putting packets/supplies together for programs, or out in the field doing tabling or assisting in other activities…we are looking for you! Interested in joining our Volunteer Corps?

Contact: Charlene Nolten

Phone: 215-893-0130 x250

Email: charlene@dvaeyc.org

Free Library

The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning. Contact the volunteer services to learn about the variety of volunteer opportunities.

Contact: Volunteer Services

Phone: 215-686-5340

Email: volunteer@freelibrary.org


As a nonprofit organization with over 50 years of experience, our mission is to help families thrive by providing safe, convenient, and highest quality learning opportunities and care for children in Greater Philadelphia. We accomplish this through our Keystone STAR 4 early learning centers and out of school time programs that serves over 1,400 families annually.

Contact: Jeff Brody

Phone: 610-617-4550 x3019

Email: JBrody@melc.org


PHILLY READING COACHES is seeking volunteers to read with young students, Kindergarten through 3rd grade, in order to build reading skills and kindle a love of reading. Committed volunteers will spend a minimum of one hour once a week reading with a youngster using books provided by the program, helping them to gain confidence in their reading abilities. Each child in the program will also receive 25 free books to take home.

Contact: Benjamin Cooper

Phone: 215-683-3572

Email: Benjamin.Cooper@Phila.gov

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.With more than 5,800 participating programs across the nation – 62 in Greater Philadelphia – Reach Out and Read doctors and nurse practitioners teach parents the importance of reading aloud to their infants, toddlers and preschoolers every day.

Contact: Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia

Phone: 215-590-5989

Email: info@rorgp.org

Tree House Books 

At Tree House Books, our vision is that every child in Philadelphia has access to books, and every opportunity to pursue their dreams. We are on a mission to grow and sustain a community of readers, writers, and thinkers. Contact the Emma to learn about the variety of volunteer-based programs.

Contact: Emma Goldstein

Phone: 215-236-1760

Email: Emma@treehousebooks.org


Since 2009 WePAC has committed roughly 10,000 hours per year to reopening, staffing and operating volunteer-run libraries in Philadelphia public elementary schools, with a large and talented volunteer force providing library services and mentoring to thousands of children each week. This academic year we are running libraries in 14 schools with a related reading mentoring program in several.

Contact: Rachel Robinson

Phone: 215-452-0333

Email: volunteer@wepac.org