Volunteer Digest: 5 chances to help childhood literacy in March

Friday, March 4, 2022 Volunteer Digest: 5 chances to help childhood literacy in March

Thomas Kerr, a senior accounting major from Hastings, reads to children at the Foundations Progressive Learning Center during the Husker Reading Challenge. [Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement]

Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement has coordinated five opportunities for University of Nebraska–Lincoln students and RSOs to learn about childhood literacy and volunteer with local non-profits who specialize in literacy.

Childhood literacy refers to the development of skills students need in order to transition and advance learning-to-read to the next stage of reading-to-learn. It is important for children to stay on grade level from an early age in order to ensure later success in education.

For an in-depth look at childhood literacy in Lincoln and the state, the Nebraska Department of Education has published the Nebraska Literacy Plan.

Five non-profits with opportunities are:

Read Aloud Lincoln

You or a group of people can volunteer your time and talents to read aloud to a child, help with reading-related activities, participate in reading celebrations, assist with parent workshops or facilitate a reading program for youth across Lincoln.

Sign up to explore this organization and become a volunteer.

Questions? Reach out to info@readaloudlincoln.org.


Lincoln Literacy

Tutors are needed to lead one-on-one sessions, small class groups and conversation groups. If you can speak, read and write well in English, and want to share those skills, you can be an effective tutor.

To become a tutor, you must attend a one-hour orientation and two 90-minute sessions.

Sign up to volunteer and learn more.

Questions? Reach out to canderson@lincolnliteracy.org.


Nebraska Center for the Book

Volunteer opportunities exist to help with special events that include writing, reading and assisting with the Nebraska Book Festival.

Sign up to volunteer.

Questions? Reach out to CenterForBook@nlc.state.ne.us.


City Impact Reading

This program pairs community volunteers with young readers (grades K–5) in a variety of ways to empower children with the life-changing benefits of literacy. Regular volunteer opportunities for reading tutors occur from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at City Impact's location at 1035 North 33rd Street.

Sign up to volunteer.

Questions? Reach out to alarson@cityimpact.org.


Lincoln City Libraries

Opportunities exist to help with shelving books, reading and general housekeeping activities at various branches of the Lincoln City Libraries.

Sign up to volunteer.

Questions? Reach out to LCL_VolunteerCoordinator@lincoln.ne.gov.


Do you want more volunteer opportunities? Huskers can find more volunteer opportunities anytime on Handshake.

Watch this video for how to find volunteer opportunities on Handshake or contact Andrew Brown within Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement at andrew.brown@unl.edu or 402-472-8721.

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