Volunteer FAQ

I’m a first time Book Bank volunteer. What should I know?

Welcome and thank you for choosing to spend your time with us! First, please take a moment to review our website and learn more about who we serve and how we interact with our community.

Here are some other things to keep in mind:

  • Individual volunteers must be over the age of 16. Children 5 and up are welcome if supervised by an adult. 

  • Some of the work may be physical, such as lifting boxes, sorting books and organizing bookshelves. Volunteers may be required to squat, kneel, and lift boxes up to 30lbs.

  • We are located in a warehouse, so please dress appropriately (jeans, closed toe shoes, casual shirts) and consider the weather.

  • All volunteers must fill out a waiver before their first volunteer service.  You can fill out the volunteer waiver here.

  • We have snacks, but you are welcome to bring a packed lunch. 

Do you offer internships?

Yes, we offer a Spring, Summer, and Fall internship. We typically offer a small stipend to our interns. 

Interns are welcome to contribute in a variety of ways, whether it be library management, copywriting, social media marketing, working with children on the Bookmobile, or customer service. We are a growing organization, and if you think your skill set fits our work please email a resume and cover letter to our Program Manager, Kim Crout, at kcrout@marylandbookbank.org with the subject line "MBB Intern Application."

I’d like to volunteer at the next community event. Is that possible?

The Book Bank attends several events throughout the year and we always need volunteers. We seek lead volunteers and individual contributors to ensure we maximize the Book Bank’s experience at these events. Projects include organizing and loading the Bookmobile, accepting donations on-site, and interacting with the community.

Our primary community outreach events are the Baltimore Book Festival every fall and our own Books for Kids Day on the first Saturday in May. As these events approach look to our social media and newsletters for opportunties to sign up and help. 

Can I bring my child?

We welcome children to the Book Bank – some of our best volunteers are children – but young children must be well supervised. The Book Bank does not offer “kids camps” or other similar programs. We encourage all volunteers to learn more about the work they may be doing and take that into consideration when thinking about bringing a child.

What volunteer times are available?

Volunteer hours are during the Book Bank's hours of operation on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Larger groups may schedule to come in outside of open hours. See more here.

Do I need to register first or can I stop on by?

 

All individual volunteers should register online. You may also stop by the Book Bank, but we prefer that you register as doing so helps us prepare for you. Groups may contact kcrout@marylandbookbank.org to schedule a time to volunteer.

How much time do I need to commit?

Individuals and groups should plan to be at the Book Bank for minimum of two to three hours.

Do you accept community members with disabilities?

Yes! We have several activities that are appropriate for those with disabilities. Please contact Kim Crout at kcrout@marylandbookbank.org if you have any specific concerns. 

What should I wear?

Please wear casual clothing that is easy to move around in. Jeans, close-toed shoes (sneakers, no sandals) and a T-shirt are appropriate. On cold days you may want to also wear a sweatshirt or light jacket.

What should I bring?

Your enthusiasm, passion for books and kids and willingness to learn!

We have a water fountain and restrooms on site. The Book Bank does not have secure storage for your belongings and is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

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