Nancy Schulze, Director
712-256-9566 ext. 212

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to be an initiator of change for the future of Pottawattamie County? There are opportunities all around the county to help our kids achieve 3rd-grade reading proficiency. Help young readers practice their literacy skills and learn new ones by engaging with them on a one-on-one basis.

There are many opportunities to fit your interests and schedule. Volunteers can participate in an online volunteer training in the comfort of their home or in a group setting through the following link:

Please contact the director, Dr. Brenda Moran, at 712-256-9566 x 212 or email if you have any questions or would like to volunteer or add a volunteer opportunity to the list below.

How you can help

Raise Me to Read: Help at community events or in the classroom. Opportunities are available throughout the year to read to children, deliver books, register parents for ReadyRosie, and assisting with family events

Book Sorter: Help sort through books and prepare them for redistribution

Reading Buddies: Connections Area Agency on Aging is looking for volunteers to staff two school-based programs. The Reading Buddy program places volunteers to work one-on-one with elementary students on their reading skills. This is a program for the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, 55 years of age and older, who want to volunteer for just an hour or two per week.

Read for the Record: Read for the Record volunteers spend time in an early childhood classroom on October 19, 2017, reading a pre-selected book or help with the planning and execution of the events that day

Technology Buddies: Help Raise Me to Read by researching what is happening in the community for free or low-cost for families of young children and share with Raise Me to Read. Help with collecting that info and getting it out to the best sources in our community to reach those families. Help register families for ReadyRosie at community events.

Literacy-based programming with Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities is partnering with Raise Me to Read to provide more literacy-based programming for their families and would like your help:

Volunteer opportunities are available for literacy programming for the children residing at their shelter.  Volunteers are needed to read to the children ages 0 to 5 at a variety of times listed below, but also can do nursery rhymes, singing, finger play and activities with the children as well.

All volunteers will need to complete a background check, child abuse check and do a 90-minute child abuse training.  

If you would like to learn reading techniques and gain helpful insight into early literacy, there is a free volunteer toolkit at the following link:

Each component takes about 5 minutes to complete—do one or all at your leisure on your home computer. You will find the information very helpful for your volunteer reading.


Join us as we work to strengthen the future for all Pottawattamie County kids.