Open Books Seeks Reading Buddies


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


various locationsChicago, IL 60610
Bronzeville Buddies


Do you want to share your love of reading with students around Chicago? Are you available during weekday hours? Open Books Buddies ( may be the perfect opportunity for you!

Open Books Buddies is a twice-weekly program that allows elementary students to work one-on-one with a trained, supportive mentor to help boost reading skills such as fluency and comprehension. Twice each week, a Big Buddy and a Little Buddy pair read together in 30-minute segments. This allows each volunteer mentor to work with two students over the course of the academic year. The Big Buddy's job is to be a coach and role model whose love of books is contagious -- and maybe even life-changing -- for the Little Buddy.

How to get started:

1. Check the schedule and locations of our sites here:

2. Fill out our volunteer form and RSVP for an Open Books orientation:

We can't wait to read with you!


  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Reading / Writing
  • General Education

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hrs/week

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