How to Volunteer in Galveston/Houston
To inquire about any volunteer opportunities with SMART Family Literacy, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do SMART volunteers do?
1. Read aloud and give books to children in school classrooms
2. Give books and help with hands-on activities at "Read and Seed Day" educational community events
3. Build and maintain school gardens
4. Organize, market and present fundraising events
5. Write grant proposals
6. Serve on the Board of Directors
7. Bookkeeping and accounting
8. Website development and maintenance
9. Photography and publicity
10. Video production
Training for Reading Volunteers
To volunteer with SMART Family Literacy, e-mail email@example.com. Include your name and schedule availability for a training session. You must reside in the Galveston or Houston area to volunteer in person.
Read our "SMART Tips for Reading with Young Children" (at the right).
Requirements and Rules
Volunteers who visit schools or community centers in Texas are required to complete and pass a criminal history background check from the school or organization. New SMART reading volunteers will:
Sign a liability waiver
Complete a 20 hour training
Accompany a trainer for the first visit to a school or event.
SMART Volunteers work with one or more others. We do not work one on one with children.
The most important job of our volunteers is to have fun with the books and the audience, so that everyone looks forward to reading again and again!
Volunteers are needed to carry books, read stories aloud to children, and to help with simple data collection tasks and event logistics.
CHEERFUL BOOK LOVERS WELCOME!
UPDATED JULY 10, 2015
TO VOLUNTEER -- Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALVESTON - SMART will begin training sessions for new reading volunteers in the Galveston area by September 15th. Reading volunteers for school programs are needed for 90 minutes to 2 hour periods during weekdays.
TASKS FOR VOLUNTEERS -- A big part of our program is giving books and volunteers are needed to lift the books. Volunteers also work in school gardens. Be aware that this program requires physical activity as well as friendly interaction with young children and teachers.
CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS -- Because most of our volunteer assignments involve working around young children, volunteers are asked to give their permission for a criminal history background check to be completed.
NEW YORK -- Reach Out and Read needs volunteers to read to children in waiting rooms in pediatric clinics at New York Presbyterian. For more information, visit http://nyp.org/services/reach-out-read.html.
NEW YORK -- Reach Out and Read Greater New York needs volunteers to read to children and to give them books to keep. To find a program close to your zip code, visit their website at http://reachoutandreadnyc.org/getinvolved/volunteer/.
YOUR AREA -- Start a literacy program in your area. Read to a child or visit a pre-K or kindergarten and read to a classroom.
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TIPS FOR READING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
1. HAVE FUN! Smile and be enthusiastic about reading.
2. READ SOMETHING THAT LEADS TO MORE FUN. For example, read the movie listings in the newspaper and then go to the movies.
3. SOCIALIZE WHILE READING A BOOK. Children like to read with someone special, like you, so read with your children. Cuddle up.
4. READ THE SIGNS. Everywhere you go, you’ll see signs, such as: stop, one way, danger, and subway. All signs are potential reading practice sessions.
5. CONNECT READING WITH GOOD FOOD. Read menus, recipes, and cereal boxes.
6. POP some popcorn and have a reading party!
7. CREATE SOUND EFFECTS! Make noises like animals or machines and bring stories to life! READ WITH EMOTION!
8. ENCOURAGE! Use an upbeat voice, and say things, such as:"Oh! I see we are going to read about animals!"“Great! I’m in the mood for a good story.” “Wow! That’s a red car!” (Observe and describe.) “You are getting better and better at this!” “Reading with you is fun!” “Thank you for sharing this book with me.” “I was thinking it’s about time for a story. Why don’t you choose one and we’ll read it together.” “Every time we read together I notice how many new words you’ve learned!” “I love to listen to you read. You are very good at it.”
9. VISIT THE LIBRARY AND CHECK OUT BOOKS!
10. ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO ASK QUESTIONS. If you don’t know the answers, you can reply, “That’s a good question.