Volunteer at Page Ahead
Page Ahead relies heavily on volunteer support. 450 volunteers contributed almost 3,000 hours last year. A Page Ahead staff member helps volunteers to quickly find the kind of work that best suits their time and talents. You can contact us about volunteering.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
- Board and Committee Membership |
- Book Drive Coordination |
- Event Staffing |
- Fundraising |
- Office Support |
- Story Time Reader |
- Web Designer |
- Write a Book Review
Board and Committee Membership
Play an active role in the management and decision-making of Page Ahead. Board members serve a three-year term that requires five to ten hours a month - including participating in one or more committees. Committee members focus on a particular area of planning and decision-making for the agency. Their commitment is annual and requires about five hours each month. Learn more about Page Ahead's Board of Directors.
Coordinate a Book Drive
Organize a drive for new children's books within your company, school, or civic organization. This is a short-term (one or two months) commitment that allows you to learn more about Page Ahead and our programs. Learn more about how to host a successful book drive.
Staff a Special Event
Page Ahead produces two kinds of events. We host fundraising events throughout the year that require volunteer assistance. We also hold public book drives at events such as Mariners games. Volunteers can be involved on many levels - from planning and preparation to execution and follow-through. Commitment varies and most hours are evenings and weekends.
Research and Prospecting for Development Opportunities
Volunteers provide support to our development staff by conducting research of prospective grant opportunities and other funding sources. We also need assistance in the maintenance of donor records and the production of marketing materials. This allows for a flexible schedule and much of the work can be done from home.
Several opportunities are available in this area. They range from weekly volunteers who perform office duties or data entry to occasional volunteers who assist with bulk mailings or come in to help out when we get very large book deliveries. Though there are sometimes opportunities on Saturdays, most of our office support is needed during our office hours. The number of hours worked varies greatly from a few hours a week to a few hours every month or so.
Story Time Reader
Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to read to children in preschools and kindergartens. Activities, finger plays, and songs supplement and enrich the stories. Training is provided and schools are located throughout Snohomish, King, Pierce, and Spokane counties. Volunteers can choose a weekly, bimonthly or monthly schedule and must commit for a full school calendar year. Volunteers must enjoy interacting with children and be comfortable "in the spotlight." Volunteers must agree to a background check. Click here for more information.
For our Story Time Readers who want to review the 7 Important ways to Engage Children with Print and Drawing Attention to Print- Here are some resources for reviewing and watching. Please check them out!
- How to Engage Children with Print
- Six Early Literacy Skills
- Story Time Reader Training Module - Note: This is a large file, please be patient while it loads. It may take upwards of 10 minutes or longer depending on the speed of your internet connection. Adobe Flash Player 10 or newer is required to play this module. If you need to update your Adobe Flash Player click here
- Coming Soon! The Story Time Reader Training Module as a zipped file to download and run off your own computer. You will need Adobe Flash Player 10 or newer to play this file.
Page Ahead's website is a very important resource for our organization and one of the main ways we communicate our message. Our website acts as both a community resource and a funding development tool. Teachers, social service agencies, preschool teachers, the public, and supporters all regularly use our website. We are always looking to update the content, add features, and clean up the templates. Currently, our website is a mixture of CSS/html and php managed in Dreamweaver, but we would be open to moving to another format. We are hoping to move to a CMS, so expertise with CMS options and migration would be greatly appreciated. The volunteer position could be project-oriented or long-term, depending upon the volunteer's availability and goals. To learn how you can help, email us.
Write a Book Review
Have you read a great children's book? Do you have children or students that have read great books that they might want to share with Page Ahead and our friends? You can write your own book review to be considered for upcoming editions of our newsletter, Chapters. Email us your review in less than 150 words.