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

After School Activities Partnerships

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

First Up: Champions for Early Education

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

Families Forward

Families Forward mission helps families become healthy, productive, and self-reliant. Our agency is the largest non-profit homeless shelter serving families in Philadelphia, occupied by 65 families. We also serve formerly homeless families through our Community Housing Program, which consists of 80 units of transitional and permanent supportive housing. We work daily to create opportunities for a better life for approximately 500 families we serve annually as they navigate the pathway out of poverty and homelessness.

Contact: Grace Hightower

Phone: 215-240-4828

Email: ghightower@familiesforwardphilly.org


Free Library of Philadelphia

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








Philly Reading Coaches

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. Sign-up today!

Email: PRC@phila.gov


Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is a national 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 6,100 participating programs across the nation – 80 in Greater Philadelphia – Reach Out and Read primary care doctors and nurse practitioners talk with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their infants, toddlers and preschoolers every day.

Adult volunteer readers (over 18 y.o.) are needed in the waiting room at some Reach Out and Read sites.  Volunteer readers engage infants/children of all ages with books and show parents/families the pleasures and techniques of reading aloud while enhancing language, cognitive, social and emotional development.

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

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children

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