7 Literary Orgs Where You Can Volunteer If You Love To Read & Write

by Melissa Ragsdale
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Being a reader and being a good citizen often hand-in-hand. If you're a reader looking to make an impact, you're in luck because there are so many great literary organizations that need volunteers just like you! By working together, book-lovers can use reading and writing to improve our communities and touch the lives of others.

There is so much important work that can be done by volunteering at a literary organization. Many of these organizations are only possible because of the work done by volunteers, and any task you do is immensely helpful. (And usually fun!) You can read with students, and help encourage blooming young writers. You can pitch in at events, or help organize resources. With your unique skills and preferences, you have something special you can bring to the table, and the world will be better for it.

No matter where you are, there's an organization nearby that can use your help. And if it's hard to leave your house, you're isolated, or you're constantly on-the-move, you'll see that many of these organizations are also looking for work that can be done remotely, such as video editing or help with their website.

It's time to dive in and make the world a better place. Volunteer with one of these amazing literary organizations, and you're certain to make a huge difference.


826 National

No matter where you're living, it's likely that there's a chapter of 826 National near you. This organization is "dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write." There are thousands of ways to volunteer, from leading workshops to working in one of their creative fundraising store fronts, such as the Super Hero Supply Store in New York or the Pirate Supply Store in San Francisco.


Lambda Literary

Lambda Literary is a fantastic organization dedicated to promoting and supporting LGBTQ+ literature. Though they have offices in LA and New York, Lambda is also currently looking for volunteers on specific projects that can be done from anywhere.


National Novel Writing Month

This nonprofit organization spearheads the efforts of millions of writers to write an entire novel in 30 days during the month of November. They also encourage creativity and provide resources through The Young Writers Program, Camp NaNoWriMo, and the Come Write In programs. If you live in the San Francisco area, you can volunteer in-person. But no matter where you are, you can also become a NaNoWriMo ambassador and help them with their efforts online.


Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is a national organization that pairs up with pediatric centers to encourage literacy in children. With locations in every state, you can volunteer to read to kids in waiting rooms and hospitals.


VIDA Women in Literary Arts

VIDA's mission is "to increase critical attention to contemporary women’s writing as well as further transparency around gender equality issues in contemporary literary culture." You can volunteer remotely and provide support to this fantastic cause.


Reading Partners

Reading Partners pairs volunteers with struggling students to read with them and help them learn to read. They have locations all over the country, and you can make a huge difference in a child's life.


Your Local Library

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No matter where you are, your library could use you! From shelving books to assisting with events, there's always plenty to do. Your library as an integral part of your entire community, so this is a great way to give back.