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NHR student sounds out a word with the help of his tutor.

General Questions

I’ve never tutored before. Can I become a tutor?

Yes! No special skills are required to become a tutor, just the ability to read and the desire to help our students succeed. Training is provided, and site staff are always available to provide support.

I’ve never worked in a library or bookstore. Can I work in the Book Bank?

Yes! We provide all of the training you need to volunteer in the Book Bank. The only skills required are a love of books and the ability to lift small boxes of books.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Volunteers must be 15 or older. Younger volunteers can host a children’s book drive! Contact books@newhavenreads.org for more information.

Are there any other requirements to volunteer?

All potential volunteers must have a successful interview, and field trip and tutoring volunteers must pass a background check. Additionally, we ask all volunteers to complete an orientation session before their first volunteer shift.

How many hours a week must I volunteer?

For tutoring or field trips, we ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of one hour per week. For the Book Bank, we ask for one 2-3 hour shift each week.

Tutoring Questions

Do I work with a different child every week?

Weekly tutors work with the same student each week.

What do I do if I can’t attend my tutoring session?

Contact your Site Director and let them know as soon as possible. Please give as much advance notice as possible.

Am I allowed to meet with my student outside of the tutoring hour?

New Haven Reads does not condone volunteers meeting with students outside of their tutoring session.