Responsibilities: The object of the program is to boost reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to a volunteer therapy dog in a non-judgmental setting. You are asked not to correct the child's reading unless they ask for assistance and try to position your dog to give the appearance that he is also engaged in the book. Deter outside interest during the reading time that includes cell phone use, or other electronic devices that may cause a distraction. Punctuality and reliability are a must. Neat appearance and your dog must be well groomed, and free of strong odors.
Qualifications: To have a registered licensed therapy dog with Therapy Dogs, International. The license must be up to date and copied by staff. The dog must be non-barking, like children, and have a gentle disposition. The owner needs to be patient and tolerant of reading errors and supportive as to induce a confidence building attitude. We are looking for good communication skills that require courtesy and tact. In addition, the owner must pass a criminal background check.
Knowledge: Previous experience with children a plus. Understand and follow directions and objectives of Paws to Read. Correctly assist the reader in a warm and patient manner.
Training: On the job training provided
As Volunteers: Applicants will help build a literate and engaging program. They will also share stories of impact that add to the success of the program in order to build CML's value in the community.
Hours: Tuesday or Wednesday evenings, Saturday mornings 10:30-12:00
- Child Development
- Literacy / Reading
- Animal Therapy
- Reading / Writing
Good Match For
Teens People 55+
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Tue or Wed evenings or Sat. morning for 6 Months
- Trained Therapy Dog - good with kids