Empowering Vulnerable Children & Families : Share the Profound Impacts of Shared Reading

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Reading Legacies

Reading Legacies

Volunteers make everything we do possible, so THANK YOU for taking the time learn more about Reading Legacies and the various ways you can make a lasting difference in the lives of young children!

We offer multiple volunteer opportunities in various communities through San Diego County! Below you will find a description of the programs and our volunteer positions. We are happy to answer your questions.

Family Connections Workshop Facilitator: Do you have a passion for criminal justice? Are you interested in working with incarcerated parents? Join us as we connect incarcerated parents with their children by means of a storybook! You and one or two other volunteers will facilitate workshops within the correctional facilities where you will video tape each participant as they read aloud to their children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews. Plan on three of four hours per workshop you choose to facilitate (includes travel time). You will need a criminal background check and facility clearance for this opportunity, but don’t worry-we’ll guide you through the process!

Grandparent Storybooks Program Volunteer: Storybooks and grandparents-need we say more? Come and help us create a virtual grandparent’s storybook time! You’ll spend a couple hours a week videotaping seniors (many in low-income situations) as they read aloud to their grandchildren. Your time and efforts will allow these grandparents to give what is sure to be a cherished gift to their grandchildren!

Family Recovery Workshop Facilitator: Everyone needs hope, and when it comes to the role of Family Recovery Workshop Facilitator, hope comes in the form of a children’s storybook, a video camera, and a couple of hours of your time! This is the perfect opportunity for individuals who have a heart for helping women and men who are recovering from addiction. A special focus of this program includes helping our veterans in recovery.

Youth Readers Program Partnership Coordinator: If you like children and smiling, this is the position for you! As a Partnership Coordinator you will support a great group of Youth Readers (high school student volunteers) as they read aloud to underserved children right in their own communities. Your weekly commitment will be just about 2 hours (travel time included).

Youth Readers Program Guest Reader: If you want to make a big impact in a little time, this is the opportunity for you! With a onetime commitment of less than two hours, you will experience the joy of reading aloud to little children and will provide real-life guidance and direction to Youth Readers (high school student volunteers) regarding your career, community service, and/or college experiences.

Book Selection Committee Member: Do you love to read? Do you have a background in children’s literature or education? Help us choose quality children’s books for inclusion in our themed monthly book list. You’ll spend a few hours each month enjoying, reviewing, and recommending children’s books from the comfort of your local library, book store, cafĂ©, or favorite chair!

Event Planner: Do you make all the plans for your group of friends? Is hospitality your middle name? We would love to have you join us in planning events such as book drives, fund raisers, volunteer appreciation gatherings, and more. The nature of event planning lends itself to shorter term commitments, if that suits you best!

Office Support Volunteer: Do you have some free time during the week? Looking for something you can do this week and not next? Then office support may be just the opportunity for you! We often have scanning, data entry, phone calls, and other office-related tasks that we would love your help with. Like spare change, a few hours here and there really adds up!

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About Reading Legacies


2750 Historic Decatur Rd., SAN DIEGO, CA 92106, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Reading Legacies is to empower children and youth as VALUED family and community members through intergenerational read aloud experiences.


The current challenges in families and society are causing not only a lack of educational support for our young people, but perhaps more importantly, the emotional support of committed role models and family members giving of themselves through shared-reading time. It is our goal to re-institutionalize this activity throughout San Diego County. Our primary target is children and youth in at-risk situations, giving them opportunities to gain confidence and self-esteem through shared-reading experiences through our two programs, Community Connections and Family Connections. In our Community Connections program, we target at-risk youth who may be unsupervised after school and are vulnerable for gangs and drugs. In our Family Connections program, we serve children and youth who have incarcerated family members whose withdrawal from their lives causes confusion, guilt, and fears.


We'll work with your schedule.


2750 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 210San Diego, CA 92106



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Mentoring
  • Bilingual
  • Community Outreach
  • Marketing Strategy & Planning
  • Relationship Building


  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies by position
  • TB Test may be required for some positions

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