Volunteer Opportunities at ROOP

Give your time to help disadvantaged children in Victoria become literate.



Read Aloud Volunteer

Be part of our Read Aloud Sessions Program and motivate children to develop a passion for reading. Our Reading volunteers work with children aged 2 to 6 years, their main duty is to read books to a one-on-one or larger group of children in hospitals, playgroups or child care centres in Victoria. Running learning activities, singing songs and playing games can be part of the reading aloud sessions to stimulate the reading skills in children.

  • Age: 18 +
  • Time commitment: regular commitment is preferred, 2 to 3 hours for at least 8 weeks
  • Runs only during Victoria school terms
  • Working with Children Check is required, if you don’t have one you can apply for free here http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/applications/
  • Every session you must wear your ROOP Volunteer’s T-shirt and carry your Working with Children Check.


Book Drive Volunteer

This role involves running book drives to sustain our pop-up-library’s program. Volunteers can use community organisations such schools or rotary clubs to collect pre-loved books.

When you sign up to this program you will receive a Book Driver Kit.

Book requirements:

  • Must be suitable for children 0-5 years old
  • Must be in reasonable condition, no torn, ripped or books that have been scribbled in
  • Must contain appropriate themes, no witches or monsters
  • Must be free of religious or war themes

Social Media Volunteer

Do you have excellent communication skills? Become a social media volunteer and help us increase our online community through Facebook and Instagram.

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be available 3-5 hours per week
  • You can work from home

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Become a ROOP Volunteer

About Us

WLF -WHO WE ARE? Since 2011, Reading out of Poverty (ROOP) is the only non-profit organization in Victoria with a sole focus on providing early literacy skills and school preparedness for children aged 0-5 years from a disadvantaged background. WLF ROOP BOOKS, WHAT WE DO? We promote literacy skills in early childhood and provide literacy resources and services to families with young children from low socio-economic backgrounds, including migrants, refugees, and indigenous individuals in Victoria. OUR MISSION To promote language skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and to support parents as their child’s first teachers. OUR VISION Every Victorian family will understand the critical importance of early childhood literacy and will take an active role in their child’s reading development. All Victorian children from all cultures, genders, and backgrounds will develop literacy skills and have books of their own. Enhance literacy skills among the children we support.ROOP BOOKS Create and maintain a love for and a habit of reading for kids within families and communities in Victoria. Create awareness within the communities about the importance of early literacy development. Reduce the gap between children from a disadvantaged background and their wealthier peers. ROP Books, Train parents to support their children in their learning. Seek learning opportunities for children.ROOP BOOKS WHY WE DO IT? Being literate is the key to accessing, interpreting and processing information around us. Targeting the years 0-5 is vital in creating an understanding of our complex language system. Roop Books, Developing a love of play and reading from an early age feeds a child’s natural curiosity with learning. Being exposed to developmental play and storytelling are the very basic foundations of literacy and language progression. It is the key to academic success that can assist in breaking the cycle of poverty. ROOP BOOKS, HE PROBLEM Too many Victorian children are entering the school system either illiterate or with extremely low literacy skills. Many low-income earners struggle to afford books for their children, widening the literacy gap between children from a low socioeconomic background and those of higher income status. ROOP Books, Lack of literacy skills can cause low academic performance across all curriculum areas, spanning a child’s entire school life. If children are not supported in their literacy journey it can feed into an unbreakable cycle of poverty. ROOP Books is an initiative of Reading out of Poverty, a not-for-profit organisation working with low-socioeconomic families across Victoria. We promote language skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and to support parents as their child’s first teachers. Through research, engagement, and learning, ROOP has established charitable programs that provide literacy services and resources to families with young children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Find out more about us. Welcome to ROOP Books, where our dedicated volunteer team sorts and prices high-quality books for you. When you purchase a book from our store you are also donating one book to a Victorian marginalised child. Your purchase will also be supporting the charitable programs run by Reading out of Poverty (ROOP). WLF 
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