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NHR student smiles as he writes in his workbook with the help of his tutor.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of New Haven Reads, and we are always accepting new applications.

We are currently having some trouble with our online application. If you experience any issues, please email fernanda@newhavenreads.org

Please note that, because of COVID-19, volunteer placement may take longer, so please be patient with the process. We are currently accepting applications for reading tutors

A Step-by-Step Guide 
Volunteer at New Haven Reads

  1. Fill out a volunteer application here. Pick your area of interest (Literacy Tutor, Book Bank, Field Trip Reader) and submit the information.
  2. Complete an interview to gauge your preferences and help us match you to the perfect volunteer opportunity. 
  3. Complete a background check (Literacy tutors and Field Trip Readers only)  and we reach out to two of your references.
  4. Attend volunteer training sessions and complete orientation paperwork (signing off on our code of conduct).
  5. Get started! Schedule your weekly volunteer shifts and join the NHR family! 


We are holding Spring Session both in-person and online.

Learn More About Our Volunteer Opportunities Below

Literacy Tutor

Tutors provide one-on-one reading instruction for students ages 6-18. You don’t need any prior experience teaching or working with children, just a love of reading and a desire to help a child succeed.

  • Time Commitment: One hour per week, Monday-Friday 3-6pm or Saturday 10-2pm.
  • Training: A one hour training session and a site orientation is required before your first session. You may also shadow a session, and in-depth trainings occur 3-4 times each year.
  • How to Apply: Submit our Volunteer Application and select “Tutoring” as your preferred volunteer area.

Book Bank

We have limited opportunities at this time.
Book Bank volunteers accept book donations, sort and shelve books, and fill book orders for pick-up by community organizations. Also, book lovers beware: you will find many books to take home!
  • Time Commitment: One shift of 2-3 hours per week. Shifts are on weekdays between the hours of 12 PM and 4 PM.
  • Training: On-site orientation is provided during your first shift.
  • How to Apply: Submit our Volunteer Application and select “Book Bank” as your preferred volunteer area.

Field Trips

We have limited opportunities at this time.
Field trip volunteers work in pairs to help run the field trips program for Pre-K through 5th grade classes from the Greater New Haven area. During each class visit, volunteers read stories out loud and help each student pick out five books.
  • Time Commitment: One field trip per week for an entire school year. Field trips visit Tuesday-Friday mornings.
  • Training: On-site orientation is provided prior to your first field trip, and shadowing is also an option.
  • How to Apply: Submit our Volunteer Application and select “Field Trip Reader” as your preferred volunteer area.

Still unsure if you’re ready to apply? Check out what our volunteers have to say, or explore our FAQ.

Contact volunteer@newhavenreads.org for more information.