Volunteer With Us

Reading is a gift worth giving

Volunteers are the driving force behind all of our programs and there are lots of opportunities to get involved. You can organize a book drive, help out at the annual Calgary Reads CBC Big Book Sale or read to children at a school or Reading Rally. Become one of our more than 2,000 volunteers who help us give the gift of reading to Alberta children each year.

Read to children

Make a difference one book at time.
There’s something magical about reading books aloud to children. It opens their minds and hearts to reading and sparks a sense of curiosity that can energize a lifetime of learning. We have opportunities for you to read with children in schools with our wee reads program or at a Reading Rally.

Volunteer your team

We love it when a team comes together! Coworkers, teammates, neighbours – whatever brings you together, we can always use your help. From book drives to community reading events, there are lots of ways to get the word out about reading.

Calgary Reads offers several school-based reading and tutoring programs for young children. And we need your help. Each program relies on volunteers to make them successful.

wee read

  • location School
  • Time 30min/ 1x week
  • Duration 8 weeks
  • Level Beginner
This program is focused on getting kindergarten and grade one students excited about reading. It’s a great place for first-time volunteers to start. Volunteers receive training and usually commit to one 30-minute session each week for eight weeks during the school year.
Discover how the simple act of reading can transform a child’s world.

Read Up!

  • location School
  • Time 45min/ 2x week
  • Duration 20 weeks
  • Level Intermediate
Our signature in-school tutoring program helps struggling readers in grades one and two strengthen their reading skills at a critical time in their cognitive development. Volunteers receive advanced training and commit to two 45-minute sessions each week for total of about 40 sessions.
See how you can help children achieve their full potential.

Reading Rally

  • location School
  • Time 2.5hrs
  • Duration 1 day
  • Level Beginner
These are reading celebrations complete with special guests, fun activities and lots of books. Join in as an individual volunteer or get your corporate team or community group involved and help students experience the joy of reading.

Reading Rallies make reading fun!

We love it when a team comes together! Coworkers, teammates, neighbours – whatever brings you together, we can always use your help. From book drives to community reading events, there are lots of ways to get the word out about reading.

Reading Rally

  • location School
  • Time 2.5hrs
  • Duration 1 day
  • Level Beginner
These are reading celebrations complete with special guests, fun activities and lots of books. Join in as an individual volunteer or get your corporate team or community group involved and help students experience the joy of reading.

Reading Rallies make reading fun!

Book Drive

  • location Anywhere
  • Time 3+ Hours
  • Level Beginner
Feel the excitement of organizing a book drive knowing that the books you collect will go to children who may have never owned one. We have an easy step by step process and a customizable book drive kit so you’ll have everything you need to make your book drive a success!

Fundraiser

  • location Anywhere
  • Time 10+ Hours
  • Level Beginner
Each year Calgary Reads is fortunate to partner with a variety of businesses and organizations. From a spin studio that gives away a class in exchange for a book donation to a corporation that hosts an evening event to raise money, we are always looking for community partners that want to get involved.

wee read

  • location School
  • Time 30min/ 1x week
  • Duration 8 weeks
  • Level Beginner
This program is focused on getting kindergarten and grade one students excited about reading. It’s a great place for first-time volunteers to start. Volunteers receive training and usually commit to one 30-minute session each week for eight weeks during the school year.
Discover how the simple act of reading can transform a child’s world.

Lunch & Learn

  • location Your place or Ours
  • Time 1.5 hours
  • Level Beginner
Calgary Reads comes to your office(s) and shares its knowledge around the Literacy Landscape in Alberta. We deliver a short, lively presentation so you and your organization are more aware of the work of Calgary Reads and why it’s important for us to engage with business, schools, families and community members to enhance the literacy skills and reading competence and joy of children.

Scavenger Hunt

  • location Calgary Reads
  • Time 3 hours
  • Level Beginner
How would you complete your daily tasks if you struggle to read? This scavenger hunt helps you consider just how challenging it might be complete daily tasks if you struggle to read. Start at the Calgary Reads office and then we’ll send you off to find all the items on your list. You’ll also package-up quality children’s books and information ready for a ‘Book Drop’ (give-a-ways) in a community of need.

Other ways to volunteer

More ways to share the joy of reading.

We always need extra hands and minds at Calgary Reads. Whether you want to spend volunteering at the Children’s Reading Place or help with some tasks in the office, we’d love to talk to you about how you can help us.

Help with our annual Big Book Sale

We love it when a team comes together! Coworkers, teammates, neighbours – whatever brings you together, we can always use your help. From book drives to community reading events, there are lots of ways to get the word out about reading.

More ways to share the joy of reading

We always need extra hands and minds at Calgary Reads.

Whether you’re a builder looking for hands-on opportunities, a thinker with specific skills to contribute, or an aspiring board member, we’d love to talk to you about how you can help us.

There are many ways to get involved with Calgary Reads. Here are a few other volunteer opportunities you might want to consider.

Lend a helping hand

Ready to help anywhere, anytime we need it? Then becoming a Helping Hands volunteer is a great way to support our work. We often need extra help getting ready for events, programs, special initiatives and attending events.

Become a Children’s Reading Place host

This is your chance to play host to visitors at the Children’s Reading Place. As a House Host, you’ll help people find books and be a reading role model to children and their parents or caregivers.

Sort donated books at the Book Bank

If you have good organizational skills, this is the job for you. Our Book Bank volunteers sort thousands of donated books to get them categorized and ready to distribute to families.

Share your special skill

We rely on volunteers for a wide range of activities, so if you have specific expertise you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you.

CBC Calgary Reads Annual Big Book Sale

The more books circulating in Calgary, the richer the reading landscape.

Our annual book sale is big – really big. We’ve been hosting the sale with our partner CBC Calgary since 2002 and it continues to grow each year.

The book sale is our signature annual fundraiser, bringing in money that we use throughout the year to support our school and community programs and provide free books and literacy resources to children and families across Alberta.

“Being able to read opens the door to a wonderful world of learning, adventure and discovery.”

Calgary Reads Tutor