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National Volunteer Week

April 20, 2010

This week (April 19-25) is National Volunteer Week.  In honor of such a great week, I’ve created a list of book-related volunteer opportunities in the Boston area.  Pick one and get out there!

You can check out volunteer opportunities across the country here.  Have a favorite literacy-related volunteer opportunity that you love? Let me know about it!

  • Recording For The Blind and Dyslexic, Cambridge, MA – RFB&D records the textbooks used in schools from coast to coast, in every grade level and every subject area. In addition to the classics, RFB&D also works to provide the most current editions of state adopted texts.  (I’ve volunteered here and had a really good time.)
  • Prison Book Program, Quincy, MA – Prison Book Program provides prisoners with free reading materials.  With prisoners isolated in facilities that have chronically insufficient educational opportunities, we provide these materials to improve the lives and communities of prisoners to greatly reduce the likelihood of their return to the prison system. (I volunteer here often and really love it.)
  • WriteBoston, Roxbury, MA – WriteBoston is a citywide initiative that seeks to foster a “culture of writing” in all public high schools in Boston. WriteBoston works to improve writing proficiency among high school students by matching teachers with expert writing coaches and creating opportunities for students to engage in the writing process with peers and community members.
  • College Bound Dorchester, Dorchester, MA – With education at the core of all programs, College Bound provides opportunities at all levels beginning with young children, moving to address issues affecting youth, and proceeding to adult education. They strive to ensure that no student gets lost on the path to higher education and that all students have the opportunity to realize their goals.
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  1. April 20, 2010 3:17 pm

    These sound like such great opportunities! If I lived anywhere nearby, I’d be all over something like WriteBoston. That’s awesome.

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