Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to all aspects of BookSpring programs. From reading aloud to children and families to sorting book donations to distribute books in our community, we have a volunteer opportunity to fit you!

This past year, our volunteers have been instrumental from their own homes in creating accessible, engaging digital content for the families we serve.  They’ve also helped us safely process and sort our print books, deliver programs and program materials, and helped distribute books via curbside events at partner sites.

We are currently open and working, but our offices are closed to the general public for walk-in visits, with only select days and times available for volunteers. When volunteering for in-person or remote activities, we continue to require the use of masks and six feet of social distancing for all in-person activities. The use of gloves, hand sanitizers, and frequent washing is strongly encouraged at all times.


How to Volunteer

Step 1:  Complete a New Volunteer Application

If you are new to BookSpring, please read these volunteer testimonials! If you want to stay in touch, please complete an application. We will capture your contact information and add you to our email list to be notified of ongoing and special volunteer opportunities.

Please note that some positions require criminal background checks, and we cannot accommodate court-mandated community service obligations.

Step 2:  Sign Up for Volunteer Assignments

We use SignUp to schedule most of our open assignments.  If you have already signed up as a volunteer, you can go directly to this calendar to pick your preferred dates and times.

 

Step 3:  Report Your Hours

After you’ve completed your assignment, please take our volunteer satisfaction survey here.  Also, if you need to report on your service for your company or civic group or want us to keep track, log your hours for our records.

Your service hours help us with reports to funders that highlight your contribution to our mission!

Contact Jessica Morris, Volunteer Coordinator at jessica@bookspring.org (512) 472-1791 x 105 with any questions about volunteering.


Examples of Hands-on and Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Curbside & Delivery Services

If you have a vehicle and are comfortable picking up and delivering boxes of books, please apply and sign up to find out what opportunities might be coming up to help get books into the hands of program partners.

Group Book Sorting and Labeling

Groups of up to 12 can come into the BookSpring Warehouse to sort and label books.  If you are a group leader, please sign up above, and then you can claim your preferred date for your entire group in the SignUp calendar.  We recommend that every member in your group be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.  Contact us if you have any questions or need specific accommodations at (512) 472-1791 x 105.

Video or Written Book Reviewers

We are looking for children and adults of all ages to create written or video Book Reviews for our website and social media! Book reviews can be of any book or topic you choose.  Be creative and share your opinions on the books and stories that inspire you!  Let’s talk about books! Help share your love of reading with other kids and families.

Recorded or Live Video Read Alouds

BookSpring is looking for kids and young adults to help us promote reading for fun and learning through read-aloud videos from people of all ages to spread a love of reading on our social media platforms, particularly our website, YouTube and Facebook. We’re particularly in need of books that have been included in Bibi’s Weekly Themes.

Author Ambassadors 

The Author Ambassador will be an integral part of our programs and public awareness efforts. They will be our trusted representatives at school, company, and community-based events, including public speaking, reading aloud, informational sessions, and other community-based events.

These above are not the only volunteer opportunities available, and assignments can change weekly!  So, apply, sign up, and record your hours, and help us build an inclusive and diverse culture of reading right here in Central Texas.

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