Join Us! Get Involved! Volunteer with My Own Book!
Our Volunteers make the difference at My Own Book.
After retiring from careers in communications and childrens’ publishing, joining MOB checks all the boxes: contributing to students’ literacy, working with educators and fellow volunteers with a shared sense of purpose, supporting an effective, committed, well-run organization, and most of all being part of a program that truly makes a difference for NYC’s underserved students.Marilyn Ratner, June 2020
Being a volunteer with MYOB has been a wonderful experience on many levels. Obviously interacting with the children is the most rewarding. Some of them have never been to a book store let alone have $50 to spend. Often the teachers encourage creativity and I’ve seen performances where the children enact the roles of some of the characters in their books and I’ve seen some beautiful art work depicting characters and storylines. Another positive aspect of the program is that so many of us volunteers have become personal friends and we all genuinely enjoy being a part of this wonderful program that was initiated by a kind visionary named Burt FreemanJoan, June 2020
I've volunteered in the MOBF program for the last six years. It's been a very emotional experience for me. I spent much of my life as the owner and operator of a commercial air conditioning business. Most of my days were taken up by thoughts and decisions that were concrete and material. The MOBF program has brought out the feeling part of me.Bob Berger, June 2020
Dealing with 3rd graders, talking about their lives, their dreams, and their enthusiasm. Talking about visiting a book store and getting their own books and then talking about what they've read and getting thank you notes, has changed the way I view education. As I said, it's very emotional and it's the reason I return year after year. I think the more kids and volunteers who participate in the program, the more they will be responsible to their communities.
I believe education and reading offers a pathway to many other opportunities in life. We learn, get motivated, open up our worlds in so many ways. Expand our imaginations. Being involved in an organization that will encourage children to read more is so valuable. And it’s also fun to interact with the kids. And it’s an easy volunteer gig that allows for both part time work and other volunteer gigs.Elaine Dreyer, June 2020
My wife and I have been MYOB volunteers for almost 15 years and a school visit to PS105 rarely goes by when we don’t hear something like this from a six or seventh grader whom we bump into in the hall: “Hey Mr. Greenburg, I remember you! I still have the books I bought on our trip to the bookstore. That was the best school trip I’ve ever been on.Dan Greenburg, Oct 2020
Volunteers make it possible for us to put every precious penny we receive towards getting books into the hands of as many New York City third grade students as possible.
With the exception of one part-time administrator and professional accounts, everything else is done by our volunteers.
My Own Book volunteers visit classrooms to introduce My Own Book to students in high needs schools across New York City; our volunteers accompany students with their classroom teachers to a bookstore where students purchase $60 worth of their very own books. MOBF volunteers lend a hand as the students browse the shelves, explore the books and MOBF volunteers sit with students as they begin to read their books, share their titles and their excitement. Finally, MOBF volunteers participate in follow up visits to classrooms to discuss with students the books they have chosen, what they love about their new books and to witness students’ enthusiasm and excitement, to hear them share about the books that they have read, are reading now and the books they have bought that they look forward to reading next.
Volunteers make it possible for MOBF to strengthen and deepen the reading culture in a growing number of schools in under-resourced communities across the five boroughs of New York City.
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This is an experience you won’t want to miss!
You can become a part of My Own Book to change that — forever!
We are looking for volunteers who want to get involved with My Own Book to
- Volunteer to visit classrooms, organize book shopping and then visit the kids for a follow up after their first book buying adventures. Come meet the best and the brightest kids in New York City
- Help to develop our fundraising campaign