I've volunteered at Book Up Summer book fairs where children select 12 books to read over the summer. The best part is seeing the joy in each child as they realize the books they select will be theirs to treasure and keep forever.

—book fair volunteer

I used to volunteer for Page Ahead and it was such wonderful experience! I was excited to be part of an organization that put so much time and effort into helping kids get enthusiastic about reading. They work hard to ensure that the books and methods used are proven to promote a future of life-long learning for the kids.

—Sarah A.

It is such a delight to read monthly to the kindergarten class I was assigned. The children love it, and the support and training Page Ahead provides is fantastic.

—Story Time volunteer

The absolute best of the best. My experience with Page Ahead far outreaches the abilities, ideas, and productivity of most if not all other programs.

—volunteer from Boeing

Group volunteers

Do you have a team of employees, a group of friends, a corporate day of service, or other volunteer squad? We’d love to set up a project for you! Groups can either come to our office in Crown Hill or, with some restrictions, we can bring the work to you. Please contact us to learn more.

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Book fair helper

Help students at our Book Up Summer book fairs! These occur April through June during weekday school hours. Book fair volunteers help K–2 children choose 12 books, including putting custom bookplates with their names in each book, reading with the kids, bagging and boxing books, and more. Shifts are typically a couple of hours long. Apply to be a book fair volunteer here.

Story Time volunteer

Our Story Time program is delivered by enthusiastic, trained volunteers who read to children in preschool and kindergarten classrooms during the school year. Activities, finger plays, and songs supplement and enrich the stories. Training is provided, and schools are located throughout Skagit, 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, be comfortable “in the spotlight,” and pass a background check.

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Program committee

The Page Ahead program committee, composed of staff and community volunteers, advises and supports program activities. We ask that potential program committee members have a background in early childhood education (pre-k through second grade) or are up to date on research regarding children’s literacy. Apply to join the program committee here.

Board of directors

Our governing board plays an active role guiding Page Ahead to fulfill our mission. Board members serve a three-year term that requires an average monthly commitment of four to six hours, including participating in one or more committees.

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Event support

From our A Taste for Reading annual fundraising luncheon to our annual book drive at a Mariners’ game, Page Ahead has several special events throughout the year. 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. Apply to be an event volunteer here.


The Sarajane Beal Award for Volunteer Excellence

Named in memory of a longtime dedicated Page Ahead volunteer, the Sarajane Beal Award for Volunteer Excellence is given annually to a volunteer who epitomizes volunteer service.

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2023 Sarajane Beal Award Recipient

Karol Swenson