Our ability to open the door at 350 Berkeley Street each day to families in our community depends on the support of a fantastic group of individuals:  our volunteers.  We want to recognize the caring, creative and outstanding work of our volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

At the Book Bank, volunteers are involved in almost all components of the storefront operation.  Here’s a quick look at some of our volunteers’ responsibilities:

  • Greeting customers as they come into the storefront;
  • Helping new families get familiarized with the store layout;
  • Answering questions and requests from children and adults – suggesting a good book, finding a specific title, recommending materials that match a child’s reading level;
  • Unloading boxes and boxes of book donations from donors’ cars;
  • Sorting, filtering and organizing book donations;
  • Maintaining the aesthetics of the store:  creating book displays, tidying the shelves, freshening up the collection with new titles;
  • Reading stories to local classes who visit the Book Bank with their teachers.

Our organization depends on a volunteer force of 35 individuals who work a weekly or bi-weekly shift.  The majority of our volunteers have a background in libraries or education and possess a passion for literacy development and reading.   Their passion for helping connect children with books is unceasing and inspiring.  We cannot offer them enough thanks.

We would not be what we are today without this team of formidable characters.  Thanks so much to our current volunteers Adrienne, Amanda, Belinda, Betty, Brenda, Carol, Carolyn, Chris, Danielle, Davia, Inga, Jane M., Janis, Jen, Jenny, Joyce, Karen, Karin G., Karin V., Katherine, Kim A., Linda, Lindsay, Lydia, Madison, Maria, Nancy, Patty, Sarah, Sharon, Tamar, Tamara, Teresa, Val and Virginia – and to anyone who has ever volunteered with our organization.