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Literacy Volunteer Opportunities

Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of Oakland students?

We want to help volunteers make an impact in the community and support student learning.

 

Check out the literacy volunteer opportunities below and get started helping Oakland students learn and love to read!

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PROGRAM name, Description,
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Aspire Education Project

Community Reading Buddies (CRB) pairs youth mentors with preschool children at Oakland and Berkeley Child Development Centers to work one-on-one on reading and related activities during the summer months.

Contact
Rebecca Cohen
Email:
rcohen@aspireeducation.org
Phone:
(510) 658-7500

For 8 weeks during the summer, middle school and high school student volunteers spend time reading one-on-one with preschoolers from Child Development Centers in the East Bay. The volunteers lead reading activities and games.

Preschool Students

 

During school hours

 

After school

1 - 3 Months

Boost! West Oakland

Help underserved East Oakland elementary students build skills and confidence 2B successful in school and life choices. Read, tutor, mentor, help with library, classroom, gardening / nutrition, and developing parental / community support!

Contact
Ty-Licia Hooker
Email:
info@boostoakland.org
Phone:
(510) 444-7285

Give what you can; ideal is weekly extra attention, practice, support and appreciation for students, staff and families who are under-supported and more vulnerable to crime and tragedy than peers in other Oakland areas.

Elementary School Students

 

English Learners

During school hours

 

After school

Flexible

Community Alliance for Learning – WriterCoach Connection

WCC’s in- depth volunteer trainings provide strategies to help students at different levels of skills and at different stages of the writing process on a variety of types of assignments.

Contact
Kirsten Cross
Email:
kirsten@writercoachconnection.org
Phone:
(510) 858-7108

WriterCoach Connection leverages the talent and energy of its volunteers to help bridge the gap between the writing instruction that schools can provide and the extra attention that students need.

Middle School Students

 

High School Students

 

English Learners

During school hours

School Year

Community Education Partnerships

Community Education Partnerships (CEP) seeks to improve the educational outcomes and opportunities for homeless youth in the Bay Area. We provide one-on-one tutoring for homeless students as well as other resources.

Contact
Erica Mohan
Email:
info@calcep.org
Phone:
(510) 903-1063

Volunteer tutors get matched with a homeless student with whom they meet once per week. The tutoring sessions typically last one hour and take place in a location that is convenient for the student.

Preschool Students

 

Elementary School Students

 

Middle School Students

 

High School Students

 

English Learners

 

Students with Disabilities

After school

 

Evenings

 

Weekends

1 - 3 Months

ConnectingAuthors

We bring authors into schools as role models of literacy and the arts. They do month-long workshops that culminate in a Family Literacy Night showcasing the students’ published books.

Contact
Susan Katz
Email:
susan@connectingauthors.org
Phone:
1-866-528-9269

We need volunteers for Family Reading Nights to help with setup, read with students, and serve food to families.

Elementary School Students

 

Parents & Families

Evenings

Flexible

East Bay Children’s Book Project

East Bay Children’s Book Project was founded to help build literacy by putting books into the hands of children who have little or no access to them.

Contact
Ann Katz
Email:
ann@katzpjs.com
Phone:
(510) 408-7323

The majority of our volunteers count, sort and give away books on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

General Public / All Ages

After school

Evenings

Flexible

East Bay ESL

We offer free ESL and citizenship classes to adult immigrants in West Oakland.

Contact
Elizabet Wendt
Email:
eastbayeslschool@gmail.com
Phone:

Volunteers are needed to help with material preparation and fundraising for 1 hour per month.

Adult Learners

 

Parents & Families

 

English Learners

Flexible

Flexible

Edventure More

Edventure More serves over 20 Bay Area schools districts, 400 teachers and 15,000 kids each year through our award-winning summer camps.

Contact
Ed Caballero
Email:
ed@edventuremore.org
Phone:
(415) 282-6673

CIT’s make a commitment of at least 2 weeks at camp and must attend at least one training session prior to camp.

Preschool Students

 

Elementary School Students

 

Middle School Students

Flexible

Summer

Experience Corps Bay Area

Experience Corps is an award winning intergenerational program which connects adults 55+ as tutors and mentors with local elementary school students

Contact
Jeni Johnson
Email:
ecba.today@gmail.com
Phone:
(415) 759-4222, Ext. 7315

Volunteers are paired up with one (or more, depending on number of hours per week) classrooms and work with the teacher to identify and guide work with students with a focus on literacy.

Transitional Kindergarten Students

 

Elementary School Students

 

English Learners

During school hours

School Year
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