Connect Through Volunteerism


1-on-1 tutoring session with a college-educated adult volunteer at the East Palo Alto Library.Would you like to connect with your neighbors more? Do you have valuable skills that you can share with others, but don’t know how to go about it? You may not know it yet, but you have the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of those around you—by volunteering at your local library. When we commit our time, energy, and experience to help others, we discover hidden bonds within the community and create new ones that unite us in a way that goes beyond sharing space.

Not Just Shelving Books

Some people think that volunteering means only doing solo jobs such as sorting and shelving books. While it’s true that we depend on many hard-working volunteers to handle important tasks like this, we are also creating new types of opportunities for those who want to interact with others, sharing their talents and life experience.

The San Mateo County Library system’s grant-funded “Life Connects @ Your Library” project is designed to serve midlife adults by providing opportunities for learning, teaching, and becoming more engaged with their local community. As part of this project, we are calling for our neighbors to help us meet important needs at the Belmont Library. We need skilled people like you to provide homework help, lead arts & craft activities, teach computer classes, read stories to children, and sing songs at local nursing homes. If you would like to help, please take a look at these job postings on Volunteer Match.

Photo of John Lipp with Primo by Richard FiskSpecial Presentation on Sunday, August 28

Want to know more? Please join us at the Belmont Library on Sunday August 28 at 2PM for a special presentation. John L. Lipp, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Recruiting and Managing Volunteers will spread inspiration and laughter as he celebrates the positive impact that volunteerism has on our communities. Refreshments and neighbors will be in abundance.

Photo credit: Photo of John Lipp with Primo by Richard Fisk


Author Bio:

Chris Gray is an Extra Help Librarian. When he's not reading or cooking, he likes to listen to music, go on long walks, or speed around town on a bicycle.

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