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Volunteer opportunity description

80% of our volunteer force is made up of women. Without them, our volunteer program would not exist. But, we want to make a special effort for our kids to see more male role models when they come to our Reading Parties.

With Pajama Program, you will make a positive difference in your community and in a child's life. During our 70 minute Reading Parties, you will provide a child in need with the one on one story time that they rarely experience.

We invite volunteers (18 or older), who have completed our volunteer application and passed our background check, to share their love of reading with the children we serve in NYC. Our Reading Parties begin with circle time introductions and then we dive into reading in pairs (1 adult to 1 child) or small groups. During the Reading Party, the children receive a snack, a new book of their choice, and a new pair of pajamas. The age range of the children is from 4-12 years old. Reading Parties last about an hour and run throughout the year from Tuesday-Friday at 11 am - 12 pm.


Please fill out our volunteer application and sign up for your background check. After doing your background check, please select which date you'd like to volunteer based on our calendar. 

Email Najamah Abdullah at if you have any questions.

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Pajama Program

Najamah Abdullah
Reading Center Volunteer Coordinator
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