Opportunity Details

Children & Youth Education
Families, Low-income Communities, Other
Cleaning,Other,Collecting, Sorting & Packaging

Age Minimum (with Adult): 6+, Minimum Age:15+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

Repair Children's Books for Kids- Virtual Volunteering (age 6+) *Hands On*

Help get books into the hands of kids! Here at The Children's Book Bank we try and make it so that our donated books are up to gift quality for the families they are going to. We do this through repairing the books, removing stickers, scribbles, and inscriptions. You can help with the process all from the comfort  and safety of your home.

The Children's Book Bank (CBB) team will be available over Zoom to show you how to clean and prepare the books so they are gift ready for their youth. Most products they use to clean and repair books can be found at home. So gather your family and friends for a Zoom party that will do good and be fun at home volunteering! By signing up below you will receive additional information regarding book cleaning tools needed, how to get books if you do not already have books to clean and donate, and additional information on this volunteer experience.

This is a virtual "volunteer from your home" project for the CBB. Due to our practice of physical distancing and for the safety of all, *this is not an in-person project*. When signing up you will receive instructions and next steps to get involved. This is not a class -- volunteers can reach out with questions to volunteer manager, Brittany at brittany@childrensbookbank.org.

More about the CBB:
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.


Can I bring books to donate? Yes, of course! However before bringing the book please reach out to our info email, info@childrensbookbank.org Donations we are also accepting:

  • New and gently used children’s BOARD BOOKS AND PICTURE BOOKS. We are especially excited for inclusive book donations. *No chapter books at this time* Check out our Donation Suggestions here & Supplies Wish List here.

  • Fabric for making tote bags: light cotton to heavier upholstery fabrics, canvas, denim, etc., 1- inch wide webbing, which we can provide to volunteers willing to sew bags.

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.

COVID-19 Information:

The novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") is a contagious and potentially life-threatening disease.  Reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community is a shared responsibility. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at Hands On volunteer activities, all volunteers are required to:  

  • Follow all COVID safety-rules at their volunteer site or project

  • Wash their hands, at a minimum, before and after their volunteering

  • Maintain physical distancing while volunteering, to the extent practicable

  • Wear a cloth or disposable face covering at all times while volunteering.  

Hands On appreciates your interest in volunteering to help our community in this time of extraordinary need. As part of some volunteer activities, you may risk exposure to COVID-19. If you or any member of your household is experiencing any symptom of COVID-19, or has exhibited any symptom in the past 14 days, please do not sign up for a volunteer activity at this time. Please contact the Opportunity Coordinator if you have any questions about Hands On’s COVID-19 safety rules and the expectations for volunteers. 


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Project Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 6 years of age or older to attend this project; any volunteer under age 15 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone.

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

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