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One of the Best Volunteer Opportunities in Sydney

Room to Read is a leading nonprofit for girls' education & children's literacy programs in Asia & Africa. Learn more about our Sydney, Australia, chapter. Volunteer


The vision of the Sydney Chapter is to share the work of Room to Read with Sydney residents and businesses. We support Room to Read's belief that education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and will focus our goals to help provide access to education to millions of children.

Volunteering with the Sydney Chapter is not only a great way to help further Room to Read’s mission but also an opportunity to develop new skills and make connections with like-minded individuals. Join us today!

Get Involved with the Sydney Chapter

Graphic Designers -  We need 7-8 volunteers with graphic design skills to create promotional material for a wide range of events over the calendar year. The time commitment should be no more than a couple of hours and each designer can focus on a single event. This is a very essential role in the chapter and a great way to contribute to Room to Read

Chapter Meeting Organisers
 -  we hold four meetings a year at the Kirribilli Club in Milsons Point. We need 2-3 volunteers who can help set up the the information/registration table at the meetings, and greeting volunteers at the registration desk. The time commitment should be no more than 1-2 hours, four times a year. We will be able to give you the dates of the meetings well in advance, so you can plan around it.

Event planners - If you love organising the logistics of events, then this is the role for you! The Chapter hosts a variety of medium sized fundraising events over the course of the year and need 4-5 volunteers to help with the planning and execution of these events. This includes sourcing venues, prizes for raffles, liaising with catering, venue owners, project managing the events etc, and also liaising with the Chapter so that we can fill the room with current and prospective Room to Read supporters. The time commitment will be shared across multiple support volunteers who will help you, so you won't be overloaded. If you want to meet new people and get involved in a very meaningful way for Room to Read, then this role hits the spot!

Local business prize winners - Each of the key events run by the Chapter needs a range of wonderful prizes that can be auctioned off for Room to Read. The best way to source prizes is to engage local businesses and give them the opportunity to be part of our global campaign to eradicate illiteracy. So if you live in an area that is bustling with cafes, shops, hairdressers, restaurants and more, then a great way to help the chapter is to be a prize winner: introduce Room to Read to your local cafe or other businesses and ask if they would be willing to donate a voucher to our events. This will help them get more visibility amongst the vast Room to Read network and it will be a voucher that can change the futures of so many children!

Networking Extraordinaires - Are you a social butterfly, and love spending time with your friends, colleagues, family and meeting new people? Then we need you! We need 3-4 networking extraordinaires to help us grow the Room to Read network for our Chapter events only. The role is easy - keep updated on our various events, bring along your family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances and be a Room to Read host at our events. The time commitment for this task is only 1-2 hours! This is an amazing way for you to catch up with all the people in your network, while supporting a life-changing cause!

Researchers - from time to time, we need a few volunteers to help us with a bit of online research (eg: looking into a variety of crowdfunding platforms). The role is ad-hoc and the time commitment should be no more than 3-4 hours per task.

Social Media Sage - we're looking for 2-3 volunteers whose lives incorporate a lot of social media! The role of social media sage is to customise Room to Read content (esp content that comes from our Global Office) to suit our local market and to post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram for the Chapter. You can also source content that would be of interest to the Sydney Chapter and grow our presence in the online arena!

 - Throughout the year, the Chapter core team speaks at a variety of events held at schools, clubs and other locations. We often need a banner or the Zak the Yak suit at each event. If you travel a lot for work and are happy to help us courier the banner or the Zak suit (neither are big, they can easily fit in the boot of a car or as carry-on luggage on a flight) to its next required location, this would be very helpful for the chapter.

All welcome! Even if none of these opportunities are suited to you, contact us anyway - throughout the year we are always on the look out for marketing and communications experts, photographers, IT personnel and administrators to add to our database - please refer back to this page regularly, or contact for more information. Please note that these roles are all flexible in terms of time commitment - we will work to your availability and resources.

We run many campaigns each year that you can get involved in to help us reach our goal. In addition, one of the best ways to get involved is to have an Independent Event. Share the Room to Read story with your professional and personal networks. Consider a Book Swap, Lattes for Literacy, Movie Night or any other event you can create, as an opportunity for your network to learn more about Room to Read while enjoying each other's company.  Click herefor an Independent Events kit from the Sydney Chapter and have a look at our Ideas book to inspire you! Please email us at if you have any queries.

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