Opportunity Details

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

Age Minimum (with Adult): 6+, Minimum Age:13+

Get Books to Kids at the Children's Book Bank (age 6+) *STW 2012*

For children in poverty, one of the biggest obstacles to literacy development 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. Come lend a hand as we spruce-up community donated books which will later be distributed to low-income preschool children in the Portland area! Every gently-used donated book is inspected and cleaned by volunteers. Tasks include wiping covers, taping torn pages, erasing scribbles, covering inscriptions, and reinforcing worn spines.

FAQs:
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.

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.

Note: Volunteers age 6-12 may volunteer along with a responsible adult.
Volunteers age 13+ are welcome to volunteer on their own.

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To sign up for this project:

1. Log in (green button at the top of this page) or create a volunteer account.

2. Pay the registration fee - the Portland Timbers and Stand Together Week sponsors JELD-WEN Windows & Doors, Alaska Airlines, adidas, and Fred Meyer are asking supporters to join them in making a committment to support volunteerism throughout our region. Your registration fee will serve as a donation to Hands On Greater Portland to help cover the cost of organizing this week of service.

Click below to pay the registration fee ($30 per volunteer). As a thank you, you'll receive an exclusive Portland Timbers Stand Together Week scarf and bag!

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3. Sign up by clicking "Sign Up" below then "Submit" on the following page.
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** THE FINE PRINT - please read **

>> To sign up a team or family, a $30 registration fee is required for each volunteer age 10 or older. Please select the appropriate # of volunteers from the PayPal menu above and be sure to click 'sign up with a team" below after payment. Learn more about creating/managing a team.

>> The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable even if you do not attend the project that you sign up for. But rest assured that your contribution is supporting volunteer initiatives throughout the Greater Portland region.

>> You will not be able to sign up for a Stand Together Week project without completing all of the steps above. If you're unable to make a donation at this time, you're welcome to visit our 
project calendar or advanced search and sign up for a *Hands On* or *Referral* project at no charge.
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