Become a Volunteer

There are several fun and high-impact ways to volunteer with Book Harvest! Email us if you’d like to learn more about any of these current opportunities — or join us for our monthly volunteer orientation and information session, held at our office at 9:30 am on the fourth Tuesday of every month (no rsvp needed).

Here are our volunteer needs!


Greeter/Office Staff
Staff our office in the Rockwood Shopping Center in Durham, serving as a greeter and helping with administrative tasks.  If you are a dependable, outgoing person who enjoys greeting visitors and answering inquiries, this may be the role for you. Attending a training session and making a regular weekly commitment are required.

Run A Book Drive
Running a book drive in your neighborhood, school, workplace, congregation, civic group, local business, or scout troop is fun and easy.  Click here to access our toolkit that has everything you need.

Sort Books
Join us to sort books the second Saturday of every month and the fourth Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (no rsvp needed).  Book sorts are a terrific, high-impact project for families or groups –and are especially great for students interested in earning service hours.

Help Out at a One-Time Event
We occasionally organize or participate in one-time events that require an all hands on deck team of volunteers.

Serve as a Book Harvest Liaison for a Distribution Partner
Our liaisons pick up books from us and visit a specific distribution partner every one to two weeks to inventory and restock bookshelves.

Be a Substitute Liaison for Distribution Partner
Many weeks, one or more of our regular liaisons has a conflict and can’t make the delivery. We need subs to make sure our shelves stay filled!

Be a Book Harvest Liaison for a Collection PartnerIMG_4423
This liaison places a book collection bin at a local business or community site, collects the books that come in every week, and bring them to our office for sorting and distribution.

Volunteer at a Books on Break Distribution Event (late May and early June)
Books on Break events ensure kids from low-income families go home for summer with books to read.  Click here to learn more about Books on Break.

Serve on our Speakers’ Bureau
Give talks about our work to local groups.

Marketing and Outreach
Please contact Book Harvest to inquire about any of these or other volunteer opportunities – or drop by our office, 2501 University Drive in Durham!  We are open from 9:00 to 5:00 Monday – Friday.

Please note that any volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult when working in our office. 

Thank you for your interest! Email us if you’d like to learn more about any of these current opportunities.