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Shared Reading Saturday runs, in part, thanks to our dedicated volunteers! Volunteers help set up for the event, lead activities and care for the children who attend, so that their parents and guardians can give their undivided attention to learning.

Children are divided for the event into two rooms. The activity room for children ages 5+ and the baby room for children 4 and under.

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Activity Room

Kids in the activity room begin by watching that month’s story, signed by one of the Shared Reading tutors and interpreted into English. When the story is finished kids can can rotate through a handful of volunteer lead activities. Volunteers will be provided with the directions to lead the activities and the materials needed.

Baby Room

4 kids play in a classroom with 3 adults. A little boy has a hippo hand puppet. He is talking to it happily. Even his shirt says I'm Happy.The baby room is free play with books, toys, blocks, and stuffed animals. Volunteers play with children and comfort the little ones. For some of the children in the baby room this may be their first time away from their parents.  Volunteers best suited for the baby room are good at wiping noses and creating fun distractions.

We try to accommodate volunteers preferences as best we can. Assignments may depend on the number of children in each room.

ASL and Interpreting Students

Shared Reading Saturday and the Gallaudet University Regional Center have an arrangement with the University of New Hampshire Interpreter Training Program in Manchester, providing senior interpreting students with practice hours. Currently this opportunity is only open to UNH Manchester students. however, volunteering for Shared Reading Saturday is an excellent opportunity to interact with Deaf children and adults and may count, for some ITP programs, towards community event hours. Please let us know when you register to volunteer if you will need someone to sign off on your hours.

Sign Up

If you would like to volunteer click the link on the right. All volunteers are required, since you will be working with children, to fill out a CORI/SORI form. CORI/SORI is a criminal/sexual offender background check. You can download the CORI form (PDF) and email it to us along with a copy of your photo ID.

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