GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event, inspiring people to give generously to the nonprofit organizations (like Seattle Public Library!!) that make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.
Each donation up to $5,000 per donor, per organization, made to the 1,600 nonprofit organizations profiled on The Seattle Foundation’s website between midnight and midnight Pacific Time on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, will receive a prorated portion of The Seattle Foundation’s matching funds, or “stretch pool.” The amount of the “stretch” depends on how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day. As long as you have access to the web and a credit card, you can participate!
You can also narrow your search to organizations that are geared to, staffed by, or serving teens… Nonprofit orgs 4 teens. This list includes many organizations near ‘n dear to our library ❤ including (but not limited to):
Are you a high school student that would be a great role model for grade schoolers? Do you need service learning credit? Are you at least 14 years old and need to earn money for college (or just need to earn money in general)? Reading Coaches with Team Read can choose to one of three forms of compensation – service learning credit, tuition money or hourly pay .
The website says that the deadlilne for your application is December 14th but, I called Team Read and they told me that as long as you turn in your application this coming week , by December 17th, you have a chance!
Okay, okay, I’ve been horrible at keeping promises lately…about how I was going to do another post before school started with a link to the Team Read application. However, it is not too late to sign up for Team Read! Applications for this school year are due on September 23rd, a Wednesday. Next Wednesday, to be exact…it includes a short essay (nothing to worry about) and three teacher references. If you would like to do Team Read (help 2nd and 3rd graders learn to read at and/or above grade level for tuition, community service hours, or hourly pay), you can pick up an application in your school’s main office, or go to this link: http://teamread.org/downloads/reading_coach_app_0910.pdf
I encourage EVERYONE to do Team Read. You have a guaranteed new friend(s), you get money or those necessary community service hours, and obviously, as they do background checks, you meet really awesome, nice people! There is also an extra opportunity, Team Read Ambassadors, which meets one Friday each month. As an ambassador, you take on more of a leadership position and help plan events, train new tutors, and generate ideas for the Team Read staff. It’s a great way to meet people who wouldn’t necessarily be at your site, so I’d love to see you all there!
On Thursday, the 16th of July, Team Read held their summer picnic for tutors past and present. There was a lot of food, fun contests, and lots of nice people. I have to say, it was a great way to spend a summer evening. Normally, a summer picnic would not be worthy of a library post, but the organization that hosts it, Team Read, most definitely is. Team Read is a non-profit that sends high schoolers (and a few eighth graders) to elementary schools all over Seattle in order to help 2nd and 3rd graders read at or above grade level. All through the school year, two days a week, these tutors go out and work their magic. As a bonus, they host events, sometimes at libraries, to promote literacy.
I have only worked with the people at Team Read for a year, but already I see many doors open to me. Besides it being great to put on a college application, you can choose to earn tuition money, a regular salary, or volunteer hours. Personally, I’d rather have the money…but it is definitely a worthwhile experience without pay. I encourage every high school student to take this opportunity; plus, by the end, you’ll have gained a new friend!
The events this past school year included a Read-a-thon at a local library, a read-in at Dick’s, a 500 page reading challenge, and the famous Harry Potter/Twilight Great Debate! To be a part of great events such as these, just sign up through your school at the beginning of the school year (more information to come).