Open Books General Volunteer Application
Please complete the following application to share about you and your interest in becoming a volunteer with Open Books.
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Volunteer Interest & Availability
Which Open Books volunteer role(s) are you interested in?
Reading Buddies and Outreach Team are only available in North Lawndale; Bookstore Volunteers can select any of our three retail locations (as availability allows).
Reading Buddies Coach (weekday mornings in North Lawndale schools) - coaching 2nd & 3rd grade readers in a classroom setting.
Pilsen Bookstore & Warehouse Volunteer - sorting and shelving books, processing book donations, and pulling online orders.
Logan Square Bookstore Volunteer - sorting and shelving books.
West Loop Bookstore Volunteer - sorting and shelving books.
Outreach Team Member (North Lawndale) - staffing tables at community events, handing out books to children & families, and event set up & tear down.
Associate Board Member - planning events and fundraising for the organization as a member of the Associate Board.
When are you available to volunteer?
Our bookstores & warehouse have shifts throughout the week, but Reading Buddies largely takes place on weekday mornings & afternoons.
How frequently are you available to volunteer?
Regular, weekly basis
A few times per month
Once per month
I am looking for a one-time opportunity
Do you speak any languages other than English? Please share which one(s) and your level of fluency for each.
Do you have any special skills we should know about?
Do you have access to a car?
Are you seeking required volunteer hours (i.e., service learning, court-ordered community service, academic credit)?
If you answered "yes" to the question above, how many hours are you seeking?
Do you have any questions or comments you'd like to share?
The following questions are related to your identity and demographic information. We request this information so that we can best understand our volunteer applicant pool as a whole, identify where we may be failing to welcome individuals, and improve our recruitment process.
All questions are required, but you have the option to answer "Prefer Not to Disclose" for all the questions in this section. Definitions below are per the Equal Employment Advisory Council.
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