Ways to Celebrate National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 (under President Nixon) and has grown exponentially each year. This week, Governor’s Books from Birth celebrates and thanks the 700+ volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to the Imagination Library. 

Join the Conversation: #ivolunteer

We need your help! Join us this week in a nation-wide #ivolunteer campaign to let people know why you volunteer with the Imagination Library. To participate:

  1. Print this #ivolunteer sign
  2. Write in why you volunteer with the Imagination Library; Examples of what a volunteers may write include: a) #ivolunteer because I want to spread a love of reading across Tennessee or b) #ivolunteer because early literacy leads to success in school. 
  3. Post it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags #ivolunteer #nvw #TNImagination. GBBF will repost these and compile them in an album to share at the end of the week. 

National Volunteer Week is also a great time to let your community know how they can volunteer with the Imagination Library.

Want to get involved with Tennessee’s Imagination Library? 

  • Find your local Imagination Library programClick here to visit our Volunteer Directory to find and contact your local program by searching your zip-code.
  • Attend Imagination Library events happening near youClick here to visit our Event Calendar to learn about Imagination Library events happening in your area.
  • Stay updated with GBBF and Imagination Library newsClick here to follow the GBBF Blog and read about Imagination Library happenings in your county and across the state. 
  • Teenagers: Join the League of Extraordinary Teens for your local program! Interested? Click here to contact your local Imagination Library program by searching your zip-code.

Looking for other ways to get involved?

  • Invest in the program: Click here to Donate to Tennessee’s Imagination Library. You can direct your gift to a specific county. Just $12 provides one child with Imagination Library books for a year, and $60 provides one child with the entire Imagination Library for 5 years– totaling 60 books!
  • Give a child the opportunity to receive books: Click here to Enroll a child into the program. The only requirement is that the child be between birth and age five.
  • Engage families and parents around booksClick here to download printable reading activities for each age group that correspond with Imagination Library books. 

For additional ideas on honoring volunteers on social media this week, including sample social media posts, click here