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Non-Library Volunteer Opportunities
There are valuable opportunities outside the library. Here is a list of web links to local, regional and national and international organizations that also need volunteers.
- Bay Area Volunteer Information Center
- Chabot Space & Science Center
- City of Fremont
- Mercy Corp
- Network for Good
- United Nations Volunteers
- Volunteers of America Bay Area
- Volunteer Match
Other Ways to Volunteer
These websites will link you to organizations that are seeking volunteers. Most of these sites are searchable by your zip code. Not all volunteer opportunities are for teens, so check carefully with each organization.
Volunteers are Needed
There are many ways you can get involved to help the library provide the best possible collections and services. Some of the options provide a means for giving financial support to assist the library in meeting its goals. Other options offer ways you can serve your community by giving of your time and talents.
Use the tabs above to find volunteer information.
The services of Alameda County Library are augmented by the contributions of many volunteers who give generously of their time to help in the branch libraries and in our outreach programs.
Volunteers with Senior Services take books and other materials to shut-ins who are unable to visit the library. Volunteers with the Fremont Main Library's Booklegger program visit K-8 classes in Fremont with intriguing stories from books to introduce children to the pleasure of reading.
Every month there are between 200 and 250 volunteers helping in Alameda County Library branches. Volunteers assist in a variety of support activities including preparing uncataloged paperback books for circulation, putting books in order on the shelves, checking-in and labeling new telephone directories, reshelving certain materials or working on special projects.
Some branches have volunteer Internet docents who help users learn to use a Web browser and explore Internet resources. If you are interested in serving as an Internet docent contact your local branch library for information.
Many volunteers are retired or working adults. Student volunteers must be enrolled in high school. Most projects require a minimum commitment of 2 to 4 hours per week for six months. Shorter projects are designed for student community service hours.
During the summer, many of the branches have Kid Power Volunteer programs in which children in grades 6-8 help with the summer reading activities. (For this opportunity, contact your local branch for more information.)
To volunteer at any of the Alameda County Library locations please contact a branch library directly.