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Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to get involved with a great program that helps children throughout our community? Are you interested in making a difference in others' lives and having a true impact? If so, we invite you to become a Reach Out and Read Kansas City volunteer. 

Our volunteers are the backbone of our program, and we are always welcoming new volunteers into the Reach Out and Read family to help share the joy of books with families throughout Kansas City. 

Register as a Volunteer

Opportunities to Volunteer

With many ways to support Reach Out and Read Kansas City, you can choose the one that works best for you.

Reach Out and Ready Kansas City welcomes volunteers to come in the office and assist in preparing books to be sent out to the clinics. Have a group that is looking to volunteer? This is the perfect opportunity to recruit friends, family, colleagues, or civic groups to come together and support early literacy in our community. 

Complete our volunteer request form to become a Reach Out and Read Kansas City volunteer.

Reach Out and Ready Kansas City is always seeking new children's books to distribute to children in need. What better way to collect these books than by hosting a book drive benefiting Reach Out and Read Kansas City? This is the perfect opportunity to recruit friends, family, colleagues, faith-based organizations, corporations or civic groups to come together and support early literacy in our community. Reach Out and Read Kansas City will provide all the book drive details and the collection boxes to ensure that your book drive is a huge success. Hosting a book drive is the perfect way to bring together all the people in your life while making a difference for your community. Check out our guidelines and our suggested authors and titles list (PDF) for ideas. Sign up to host a book drive today.

A virtual book drive is another great option to support Reach Out and Read Kansas City. We have created a virtual book drive that will allow you to purchase your favorite children's book from a large collection of classics in the comfort of your home or office. Check out the latest titles available in our virtual book drive. 

We also have book lists available from Amazon and Bookshop.org.  Share these lists with your friends and have them delivered directly to Reach Out and Read Kansas City. Or collect them yourself and visit our office to drop them off. 

Amazon Book List 

Bookshop.org List  

Are you a fun, energetic and creative individual who enjoys planning different events to benefit a wonderful cause? Reach Out and Read Kansas City wants you! Help plan fundraising events throughout the year. Events include For the Love of Books (February) and Books On Tap (September). Committee planning begins 6-8 months prior to each event. Or you may want to host your own event to benefit Reach Out and Read Kansas City. Examples include birthday parties to cocktail parties and everything in between. 

Being a member of a major event or hosting your own event is the perfect opportunity to get involved and share your passion for reading.  

Complete our volunteer registration form to help plan Reach Out and Read Kansas City's next event. Or call us with any questions: 913-588-2793. 

Go into the clinics as a Reach Out and Ready Kansas City volunteer to share stories, introduce books and read to the children in the waiting room.  This is a fun and engaging way to support early literacy in our community. 

Complete our volunteer request form to become a Reach Out and Read Kansas City volunteer.

Reach Out and Read Kansas City relies on committees to help us successfully run our program. Now you can share your passion for Reach Out and Read Kansas City by joining one of our many committees:

  • Development Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Marketing Committee
  • Fund Development Committee

Share your professional expertise with Reach Out and Read Kansas City and other literacy advocates from our community and support our program. Complete our volunteer registration form to let us know you’re interested.

"It's the highlight of my day when I see a child get excited about a book they recognize and they read it to me! Depending on the child's age, I ask if they want to read to me or let me read to them. Most of the time it's the latter but when they read to me, it's delightful. They're excited, the parents are proud and it's a positive experience for all of us. "
Reach Out and Read Kansas City

Reach Out and Read Kansas City

Mailing Address:
3901 Rainbow Boulevard

Mailstop 1051

Kansas City, KS 66160 

Physical Address:
KU Medical Center Support Services Building
2100 W. 36th Ave
Kansas City, KS 66103

Phone: 913-588-2793
Fax: 913-588-8397