Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+
Share A Story With A Child
At Pajama Program, we promote a comforting bedtime routine for children affected by instability to help them thrive. At the Atlanta Reading Center, our programming focuses on shared reading between a child and an adult volunteer. The shared reading experience is aimed to give children a sense of comfort and belonging, so that they feel better prepared for a good night’s rest.
We believe that every child has the right to a loving good night, complete with the comforting bedtime ritual of changing into new, clean pajamas and enjoying an enchanting story. Therefore, all of our Reading Center programming is complete with the magical gifts of new pajamas and storybooks to each child that attends a shared reading experience.
The children who attend our programming are between the ages of 4 and 18 and visit us from local Community Partners including shelters, Pre-kindergarten/Head Start programs, group homes, Title I schools, and other child-serving organizations.
Reading Buddies are paired with school age children during our one hour Reading Party to do shared reading. During shared reading, Reading Buddies may read between 1 and 4 books and engage in conversations that inspire creativity. Afterwards, children will select a book to take home with the help of their Reading Buddy.
Each Reading Party begins with circle time introductions and ends with our pajama presentation where each child receives a new pair of pajamas.
We ask that volunteers arrive to the Reading Center 10 minutes prior to their scheduled shift. At this time, a brief tour of the Reading Center is given and volunteers will be given information on what to expect during their shift. We do not allow volunteers to take pictures during the Reading Party. Children are not allowed to sit in a volunteer’s lap.
HOW TO APPLY
We invite volunteers (18 or older), who have completed our VOLUNTEER APPLICATION and passed our BACKGROUND CONSENT to share their love of reading with the children we serve throughout Metropolitan Atlanta. After completing the APPLICATION and BACKGROUND CONSENT, proceed to sign up for a shift on our VOLUNTEER CALENDAR.
We are located in the Glenwood Park neighborhood.
475-C Bill Kennedy Way, SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
On street Parking:
On street parking is available on Bill Kennedy Way, Garret Street, and Moreland Avenue.
- Glenwood Park Parking Lot: Look for the green and orange parking sign adjacent to Relish Salon. Enter on Garrett Street
- The Shed restaurant parking lot. Enter on Glenwood Ave.
We are on bus route 74
Please dress comfortably. Volunteers often sit on the floor or on bean bags. We do have benches and a table as well.
No court order volunteers allowed.
Pajama Program is an official partner of the BeltLine. Official BeltLine Partner organizations' volunteer events occur within the 45 neighborhoods along the Atlanta BeltLine. Please keep in mind these events can take place anywhere within the 45 Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods and are not typically along the trail, but meant to benefit the communities within the BeltLine corridor.
Login or Register
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Signup with team
This link allows you to participate in this opportunity with a team. When you click on the link you will have the option to:
- Choose an existing team you're already a member or captain of, or
- Create a new team to sign up.
Please respond to the following questions in order to signup for this opportunity: