Wouldn't it be great if all children could enjoy books? What if all children were lovingly read to everyday? Many families face barriers that prevent this dream from becoming reality.
The Chilliwack Learning Community Society (CLCS) is currently seeking volunteers to help in a variety of community literacy projects-the Read While You Wait Ladybug Book Bin program, Marci's Family Literacy Workshop, and the Community Reader project-in order to help children and their adults improve their literacy skills.
A new series of half-day training workshops have been developed to prepare volunteers for their positions. These free, fun and interactive workshops begin Oct. 19 and run for five Saturdays. Volunteers sign up for three, four or five depending on which volunteer positions are of interest. The training workshops may also appeal to volunteer tutors who are interested in learning more about the topic of family literacy.
"It's a really great thing when community members come forward to share their passion, talents and ideas with others." says Debbie Denault, Literacy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Ladybug Book Bin Volunteers The training sessions for this position are 9:30 to noon on Oct. 19 and 26, and Nov. 2 and 16 Ladybug bins of children's books are located in waiting rooms of host businesses and services throughout Chilliwack. They offer young children and families opportunities to enjoy quality books while waiting for service. Volunteers refresh the supply by rotating the bins and repairing and replacing books, during their rounds (approximately half day, every six weeks): Community Readers The training sessions for this position are 9:30 to noon on Oct. 19 and 26, and Nov. 2 and 16.
Community readers arrange with Ladybug book bin hosts and other interested local businesses and services to sponsor family reading circle events. Volunteers work in pairs, with one reading while the other engages parents and caregivers, providing information about local programs and services for them and their children.
Marci's Family Literacy Workshop Facilitators The training sessions are 9:30 to noon on Oct. 19 and 26 and Nov. 9 and 16.
A packaged Family Literacy Workshop offers parents of preschool children, in small groups, hands-on tips for how they can help their children learn in everyday family routines. It's a fun workshop full of ideas, activities and guidance. Volunteers facilitate this two-hour daytime workshop three times a year.
. Contact Debbie with questions or to apply email@example.com or 604-392-2404.
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