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September 14, 2019

Where to volunteer in Philadelphia this month

Three local organizations are looking for a little help

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September has nearly reached its midpoint. School is back in session and fall is nearly here.

That means there are plenty of opportunities to help students as they begin their studies, athletic pursuits and afterschool activities. 

Here, you’ll find three deserving groups in need of volunteers this month that will welcome you and your desire to give back. 

HELP KIDS BECOME BOOKWORMS

Where to volunteer: Philly Reading Coaches, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1430

What you can do: This program aims to boost the reading abilities of children in kindergarten through third grades by pairing them with trained volunteers. For at least one hour a week, those volunteers spend time reading one-on-one with a student. The purpose? Children who are proficient readers by fourth grade have a higher chance of success in high school. 

How to get involved: Volunteers, who can be as young as 14 years, are needed to participate in afterschool reading sessions that take place between 3 and 6 p.m. Volunteers are needed at 30 sites for the 2019-2020 school year. Register here.

PLAY CHESS OR SCRABBLE WITH STUDENTS

Where to volunteer: After School Activities Partnership, 1520 Locust St., Suite 1104

What you can do: Volunteers are needed to lead or help with afterschool clubs at various schools, libraries, nonprofits and community centers. Volunteers are need to play Scrabble and chess with students, as well as helping with drama or debate activities.

How to get involved: After School Activities Partnership holds bi-monthly orientations for prospective volunteers, helping them get acquainted with ASAP and preparing them for their chosen roles. Those interested can fill out a form here.

BOOST STUDENT RUNNERS

Where to volunteer: Students Run Philly Style, 1760 Market St., Suite 1111

What you can do: Students Run Philly Style pairs running mentors with students training to complete long-distance races, like the Broad Street Run or Philadelphia Marathon. Race-day volunteers are needed to work at water stations and the starting and finish lines.

How to get involved: Individuals interested in volunteering at an upcoming race should sign up here. Any companies looking to serve together should email Ieshia Nelson at inelson@studentsrunphilly.org.  

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