We value service to others as a powerful method for personal growth and increase in self-worth.
If you think you may be interested in volunteering with Reading Legacies, please complete our short volunteer interest form. We will be happy to answer your questions and guide you through the sign-up process.
“I chose to volunteer with Reading Legacies because I wanted to be able to provide these individuals with an opportunity to stay engaged with their families through reading experiences. I believe reading is a big factor in the lives of children and young individuals which helps them stay connected on a personal and academic level. Reading Legacies has had such a huge impact on families and I want to continue providing my support to enhance the relationships amongst family members.”
“When I learned of Reading Legacies’ mission, I was very touched and immediately loved the program. Although I have never been incarcerated, I lived and understand the effects and cost of incarceration and separation from a loved one. I understand how it impacts the family, especially children. I wanted to be able to be a vehicle of support to anyone who is incarcerated by encouraging them to believe, their children and family members love them regardless of their present circumstance.”
“To be honest at first I was a little leery to volunteer with inmates, but once I got started and saw how much they appreciated the program, our time, and the opportunity to do something for their children, it changed my whole perspective. Each time I volunteer I gain something a little different. Every inmate has her own story on how she got there and how anxious they are to get back to their families, especially the children in their lives. It warms my heart to know that I have had an impact on them through Reading Legacies. This program is awesome and I pray that it advances and continues for years to come!”
“I would like to thank the organization for inspiring me to work with Juveniles as career for my future. Reading Legacies is truly an amazing organization and I take pride in being a part of its mission.”
“My experience at Reading Legacies was an unforgettable one. The kids are so rich in curiosity it was truly an adorable thing to witness first hand. I would turn down plans on Mondays with friends and say Mondays I read to little kids in a very proud tone. It felt nice being involved in the community because it kept me busy in a good way. It also felt nice to see the children get excited every time they saw me walk through the door. I would highly recommend this program to many other high schoolers with a lot of free time on their hands and since I am a junior in high school I will be returning to reading legacies next year with no doubt.”
“The Reading Legacies program has allowed me to give back to the community as well as to connect emotionally with the children. I have felt extremely blessed to give children an early opportunity at reading. I feel accomplished at being able to develop their skills and potential and focus it on reading on another level. This opportunity gave me the ability to connect with my buddies and spend time on an activity that will have enormous impact in the future. The sense of satisfaction that comes from reading with children is greater than anything else.”
“All of the knowledge and resources that I have encountered through working with this organization will be applied in my future work as a family life educator in various ways. Particularly through the inclusion of developmentally appropriate practices, I will be able to support families as they work to provide the best that they can for their children. I am truly grateful for the opportunity that I have been given to work with this organization in order to improve the lives of children and families in San Diego through education and support.”