Welcome to Read to Thrive! We are very excited that you have chosen to volunteer with us. Our organization is completely run by volunteers so without dedicated and committed volunteers like you, we would not exist.
The Volunteer Handbook provides answers to many of the questions you may have about our volunteer program. It includes our policies, procedures, and mutual responsibilities. You are responsible for reading and understanding the Volunteer Handbook, and for adhering to Read to Thrive policies and procedures. If anything is unclear, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, we welcome you to our volunteer family. Thank you for taking time to help us spread the love of reading, one child at a time.
Create a passion for reading in children.
We envision a world in which children from all backgrounds grow up to be confident and successful adults. Read to Thrive seeks to make reading fun for children and inspire lifelong learning.
Read to Thrive is an inclusive and supportive organization where we treat our volunteers with respect. Our programs are run solely by our volunteers so we really appreciate your help and commitment. We wouldn’t exist without you!
More detailed expectations are outlined in the Policies & Procedures section.
All of our book clubs are run by volunteers. We look for volunteers who are passionate about reading; believe in the mission of Read to Thrive and can commit to at least an year to this opportunity. The volunteer’s main responsibilities include:
Introductions – introduce yourself and then ask each child to introduce themselves (name, grade and school)
Did everyone read the book?
Who liked the book? – why?
Who didn’t like the book? – why?
(It’s okay to not finish the book or to not like the book)
Ask one of the kids to summarize the book. Once the kid is done with the summary, encourage the other children to add to it.
Predict, Visualize, Question, Connect
Lurk – keep out of sight; remain hidden so as to wait in ambush for someone
Dank – musty; disagreeably damp
Glorious – worthy of fame or admiration
Greed – selfish desire for something
Mighty – possessing great and impressive power or strength
Gripes – complains about something simple
Snuffled – breathe noisily through nose due to cold or crying
Smog – fog or haze combined with smoke and other pollutants
Dreary – dull, depressing
Weary – cause to become tired
Glance – take a hurried look
Grim – harsh, uninviting
Heisted – robbed
Lake Erie – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Erie
Activity: Throughout this story Dr. Seuss only lets us see parts of the Once-ler (his eyes and hands). Ask students what they imagine the rest of the Once-ler to look like. Brainstorm some ideas, and then have each student draw a picture of the Once-ler.
Read to Thrive book club program is completely run by volunteers so consistency in attendance is critical to the success of our program. If you cannot make it to your book club or delayed please inform us as soon as possible. You can send an email to email@example.com
Volunteers at certain locations may be required to do a background check prior to volunteering. Read to Thrive will help you with the logistics for this process.
As our volunteer, you are responsible for presenting a positive image to our clients and community as a representative of Read to Thrive. Please dress appropriately for the conditions and performance of your duties.
Read to Thrive provides equal volunteering opportunity to everyone regardless of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or disability. We welcome all volunteers that are able to perform the duties of the opportunity reliably.
We are committed to a volunteer environment that is free of any harassment for all volunteers. We prohibit any form of unlawful harassment based on race, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or disability. Harassment includes, without limitations, verbal, physical, visual, and insinuations. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome and/or unsolicited sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Report any form of harassment immediately and all complaints and related information will be kept confidential and investigated to the fullest extent possible.
We understand that you might need to leave your volunteer opportunity with us because of various changes in your life. We would appreciate it if you could let us know as soon as you are aware of your plans.
We expect all our volunteers to be free of the effects of any mood altering substances when they are volunteering for our program. Volunteers who are found otherwise will be dismissed immediately from the program.
Volunteers at certain locations may be expected to test for TB annually. Read to Thrive will help you with the logistics for this process.
We have a right to terminate a volunteer from their position without cause. Generally, failure to adhere to our policies will lead to immediate release.
In general we expect all of our volunteers to act in a responsible manner at all times. Volunteers who are found otherwise will be dismissed from the program immediately.
Read to Thrive would like to create a positive and nurturing environment for the children we work with and also make sure that our volunteers have a fulfilling volunteering experience. In order to meet these goals, we expect our volunteers to read this handbook and follow it.
By signing this form, I acknowledge that I have received a copy of the Read to Thrive Volunteer Handbook. I understand the guidelines and expectations given in this document and agree to follow them.
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