Volunteer

Volunteer

Volunteering is vital to the health of your library and your community. Your support enhances the library’s ability to serve the community.

Gain skills and knowledge that will help in your professional career and your personal life. Students can gain school service credit and valuable job experience.

Who Can Volunteer?

Anyone who is 14 years old and older is welcome to volunteer. Interest in libraries and books, a concern for our community, or a passion for helping others will help you accomplish the assigned activities. We welcome volunteers with a variety of different skills, interests, and abilities.

What Can A Volunteer Do?

Since our volunteers come from different backgrounds and have different skills and experiences, there are a variety of volunteer opportunities. Teens can assist youth librarians by cleaning toys or prepping materials for display. Adult volunteers may help clean shelves, organize library materials to return them to the shelves, or help raise money for and awareness of library services as a member of a Friends Group. Volunteer tasks may vary throughout the year.

How Do I Get Involved?

If you are 18 years old or older, you can fill out a volunteer application by following this link: volunteer application.

Teen volunteers (14 years of age and older) can stop by the Youth Information Desk at the library to pick up a work permit. All teen volunteers under the age of 18 are required to have a work permit on file before they can sign up for volunteer shifts.

For questions about Adult volunteer opportunities, please call (269) 585-8719 or email rcowles@portagelibrary.info

For questions about Teen volunteer opportunities, please email opennebaker@portagelibrary.info or call (269) 585-8726

Please note: All adult volunteers (18 years old or older) will complete a background check, including ICHAT.

Need Hours for Court-Ordered Community Service?

PDL offers the opportunity to serve your court-ordered community service. Please contact the following:

18 years old out of high school and older: Ruth Cowles, Volunteer Coordinator, rcowles@portagelibrary.info or (269) 585-8719

18 year old in high school and younger: Abby Pylar, apylar@portagelibrary.info or (269) 585-8731

Please tell the coordinator the number of community service hours needed, the deadline for their completion, and the offense committed.