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Mission Statement

Every child has the right to a good night. Yet, thousands of children across the United States will go to sleep tonight and their bedtime will be missing something. They may be feeling alone and afraid, in a bed that isn’t theirs, in a shelter that isn’t a home or with families who wish they could give them more.

At Pajama Program, we know that this doesn’t have to be their story. We know that we can do something that not only validates their worth and shows them love, but that also transforms their nights and their days. By offering the magical gifts of pajamas and books, we bring a caring bedtime ritual into their lives. Changing out of their clothes and into warm, cozy pajamas lets them shed the stresses of their day, trading them for feelings of warmth and hope. With enchanting stories, their imaginations are opened, helping them to dream again. These unconditional gifts fill them with love and a feeling of being cared for, transitioning them to bedtime and delivering a good night -- preparing them for a good day that leads to a better life.


We invite volunteers (18 or older) from a range of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, who have completed our volunteer application and passed our background check, to share their love of reading with the children we serve in NYC. Our Reading Parties begin with circle time introductions and then we begin reading in pairs (1 child to 1 adult) or small groups. During the Reading Party, the children receive a snack, a new book of their choice, and a new pair of pajamas. The age range of the children is from 4-12 years old. Reading Parties last about an hour and run throughout the year during from Tuesday-Friday at 11 am - 12 pm.

How to Apply:

You must fill out our volunteer application and sign up for your background check. Please email Najamah at najamah@pajamaprogram.org to receive the appropriate links.

Please know that ALL volunteers must pass the background check and fill out the volunteer application to be able to attend the Reading Parties. All personal information will be kept confidential.

Please check out the Pajama Program website or email Najamah at najamah@pajamaprogram to learn more about volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your interest!





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Would you recommend Pajama Program?

by Angelina M. (2014-10-25 08:03:01.0)
Pajama Program is such a fantastic concept. I really enjoyed being paired up with a child and being able to share a love of reading. You can see how much the kids enjoy it. The space is really comfortable and designed perfect for reading with children. I look forward to volunteering again.
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