Opportunity Details

Children & Youth Education, Family Services
Low-income Communities
Cleaning,Collecting, Sorting & Packaging

Age Minimum (with Adult):4+, Minimum Age:15+

Kids! Families-Only Shift at The Children's Book Bank (age 4+) *Hands On*


Are you looking for ways to get you and the little ones to volunteer together for a good cause?

Look no further, spend a morning at the Children's Book Bank introducing your kids to volunteering! All families with children ages 4 and up are invited to come and lend a hand at The Children’s Book Bank at this 100% family-friendly volunteer session.

Come and spruce-up gently-used community donated children’s books, which will later be distributed to low-income preschool children in the Portland area! At this fun family-friendly session, we will give special attention to the kids to spread the love of volunteering and make cleaning books fun! It's more about quality than quanity and we want everyone to have an enjoyable time while doing something good for other kids! Specific tasks include wiping covers, taping torn pages, erasing scribbles, covering inscriptions and reinforcing worn spines. Parents help their kids these tasks. At the end of the session, every kid can select a fun prize from our treasure box to take home. Show your kids that helping others can be fun and rewarding at the same time!

The book gap: For children in poverty, one of the biggest obstacles to literacy development (which begins at birth) is the scarcity of books in the home. While the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is approximately 13 books to 1 child, the ratio in low-income neighborhoods is a mere 1 book to 300 children. The Children’s Book Bank narrows the book gap by providing the community with a place for families donate the books their children have outgrown, moving thousands and thousands of children’s books into the homes of kids in need.

*TEAMS NOTE: if you are signing up as a Team, you are limited to reserving 6 slots. If you have more than 6 in your group please email info@childrensbookbank.org 


Can I bring books to donate?  Yes, of course!  You are welcome to bring either new or gently-used books with you to this volunteer event.  Children’s Book Bank serves children under the age of six, so donations of “read aloud” books are greatly appreciated.  Books in Spanish are a particular need. And if you're interested in learning more about hosting a book drive for the Children's Book Bank, we'd love to hear from you! Email info@childrensbookbank.org for more information.

Where do the books go? Children’s Book Bank partners with local agencies to identify families and children in need of books.  Last year every Head Start preschooler in Multnomah County received a bag of 15 books of their own to have at home.
Keywords: breaking_the_cycle; _kids_



Project Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 4 years of age or older to attend this project and need to be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone. ALL volunteers must attend as part of a family group. The best way to meet this requirement is to create a Volunteer Team, then sign up your team for this project.

  • All volunteers under 18 are required to bring TWO waivers signed by their parent or legal guardian - one for Hands On and one for the Children's Book Bank. Please download, complete, and bring these waivers with you on the day of the project:

    Hands On Youth Volunteer Release Form 

    Children's Book Bank Youth Release Form

  • If you plan to bring children or guests you MUST reserve slots for them. The best way to do this is to create a Volunteer Team, then sign up your team for this project.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: You are responsible for ensuring that everyone signed up through your team attends - only sign up team members who have confirmed their availability. Teams that repeatedly sign up, but do not show up or show up with fewer volunteers than they signed up, may be removed. To add or remove team members from a project, click on "My Account" and then "My Teams," above.

Click "Sign Up" below to reserve your spot!
Need help signing up? Call 503-200-3355. 

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