Volunteer Application

Connecting with the kids and seeing them realize how fun, versatile, and meaningful writing can be … There is so much laughter in every RAWK workshop I’ve attended, it’s infectious.
— Brittany Worthington, on the most meaningful part of volunteering with RAWK

The work we do requires the hands and hearts of many volunteers. No matter your interest, ability, and skills, there is a place for your at RAWK. With a four person staff, we are able to do the work we do with the support of over 100 passionate volunteers annually.

 Fill out the application below and you will receive an email response from RAWK staff with the next steps! You can also RSVP to our next volunteer orientation by checking our our calendar of events.

Questions before or after you fill out the application? Contact volunteer@readandwritekzoo.org

Name *
for purpose of background check: please include First, Middle, and Last name(s)
please list any other names (First or Last) you have been known as
Birthday *
this information is required for the background check process
Phone *
Emergency Contact *
Emergency Contact
Emergency Contact Phone Number *
Emergency Contact Phone Number
(needed for the purpose of background checks)
Personal Pronouns
(check any that apply to your identity)
Do you volunteer with other organizations? *
Finding your place with us
How would you like to be involved with RAWK? *
Select any skills/talents you have to offer
In the interest of protecting the safety and well-being of our students, we need to ask:
A lot of words of great importance:
As a condition of volunteering, I give permission for Read and Write Kalamazoo (RAWK) to conduct a background check on me, which may include a review of sex offender registries, child abuse, and criminal activity records. I understand that, if appointed, my position is conditional upon the staff at RAWK receiving no inappropriate information on my background. I hereby release and agree to hold harmless from liability RAWK, the employees and volunteers thereof, or any person or organization that may provide such information. I hereby grant to RAWK, and its authorized agents, vendors, officers, directors, employees, licensees, affiliates, successors, and assigns the non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, world-wide right and license to use, reproduce, display, perform, edit, create derivative works of, and distribute, in whole or in part, any photographs and/or recordings taken by or of me during activities sponsored by RAWK, for any purpose, in any and all manner or media now known or hereinafter developed. By signing below, I acknowledge that I also understand that RAWK appreciates me and my enthusiasm, but I also acknowledge that RAWK is not obligated to appoint me to a volunteer position.