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! 

Here are some other things to keep in mind:

  • Individual volunteers must be over the age of 16. Children 13 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.  Masks are now required for all volunteers.  Gloves may be provided upon request. 

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

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?

Currently, we are able to welcome children over the age of 13 to the Book Bank – some of our best volunteers are children!  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 times are listed on our sign up genius.  Please click here to sign up!

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.  Masks are required for all volunteers and gloves will be provided upon request.

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.

COVID Volunteering FAQs

 What safety protocol are you following for volunteers and families?

We are strictly adhering to COVID safety precautions to keep our families, volunteers, and staff safe. Mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-sanitizing, and disinfecting of frequently-touched surfaces will all be practiced. For further information about our COVID policies, visit our comprehensive protocol document here

Will I be indoors or outdoors?

Our warehouse is an indoor space, with a significant amount of outdoor air circulation. We will keep our floor-to-ceiling rolling door open at all times, and our space is directly adjacent to the door. Additionally, fans will be strategically placed throughout our portion of the warehouse to improve ventilation even more. 

  • I had a recent exposure or experienced COVID-like symptoms. How do I know if I should come into the warehouse?

    • If any of the following hold true for you, we are excited for you to join us at the warehouse as planned:

      1. You were exposed to someone with COVID-19, but are fully vaccinated (14 days past your J & J shot or second Moderna/Pfizer shot) and not experiencing symptoms.

      2. You experienced COVID-like symptoms more than 48 hours prior to your volunteer shift, but they have since subsided.

    1. To maintain our community’s health and safety, if any of the following apply to you, we ask that you remain home for the time being, and are excited to host you at a later date:

      1. You have experienced COVID-like symptoms in the last 48 hours, whether or not you are vaccinated.

      2. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

      3. You have been directly exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days and have not yet been vaccinated.

  1. How many people will be present while I am at the Book Bank?

    1. No more than 10 individuals (7 volunteers and 3 staff) will be present at the Book Bank’s section of the warehouse at any given time. We will make every effort to keep volunteers spread out throughout the space, with easy access to hand sanitizer and fresh air.

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