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Thanks for allowing me to share The Read-Aloud program with such wonderful, special kids.  It will be difficult to find another organization as great as TRC and with such an enriching program!

Kristian Vasquez, former ARHA volunteer

Become a volunteer today!

Volunteer Overview

The Reading Connection could not possibly provide its extensive services without the help of its many volunteers. Check out the opportunities below for ways to get involved.

  • Read-Aloud Volunteer

    Spend an hour each month reading with kids and engaging them in conversation and related activities. Read-Aloud programs are held in homeless shelters, transitional housing, and affordable housing communities throughout Alexandria, Va.; Arlington, Va., Bethesda, Md.; Silver Spring, Md; and Washington D.C.

    • Good For: individuals, adults
    • When: weekday evenings
    • Commitment: monthly, for one year
  • Office Volunteer

    Help us package the book packages mailed out each month to our Book Club families.  Assist with data entry and analysis, database maintenance, special projects or other administrative tasks as needed.

    • Good For: individuals, adults
    • When: daytime, weekdays
    • Commitment: flexible
  • Book Drives

    Organize a book drive for NEW books from our WISH LIST at your workplace, church or school. This is a great way to support TRC for those who can’t make a regular commitment. You can also order books from our Amazon Wish List and have them shipped directly to our office.

    • Good For: individuals, adults, teens, groups
    • Commitment: one-time

Inside TRC

Read-Aloud Quick Facts

Who: Must be 16+ years old (18 at some sites) and clear a background check

What: Read to kids in large and small groups, lead a fun activity, and give away books

Where: 13 locations in DC metro area

When: One hour in the evening, once per month for one year

Why: To inspire love of reading in children

How: Follow the required steps to become a volunteer 

TRC Volunteer Blog


Stay up-to-date with the happenings at Read-Aloud sites and find tips and suggestions about reading with kids on the TRC Read to Kids Blog.

TRC Volunteer Central


TRC Volunteer Central is TRC volunteers' centralized system for planning and reporting Read-Alouds, interacting with fellow volunteers and viewing schedules.

All current Read-Aloud volunteers have received an email with their account information. Volunteers can log in with their e-mail and password. 

TRC Volunteer Central can be found at https://volunteer.thereadingconnection.org.