What I learned when I volunteered at the Children’s Book Bank
By YCL Youth Council Secretary, Isabel Hanchett
When I volunteered at the Children’s Book Bank I was surprised to learn that in low-income communities, children tend to have very few books. In fact, in low-income communities, the ratio of books to children is one to 300. This causes them to be behind their higher-income classmates in many intellectual areas when they enter kindergarten. Reading helps children grow their vocabulary and improves their language development. Children who read a lot even have a higher IQ than those who don’t. This is why having books is very important, especially for young children whose brains are still developing.
Before I volunteered here I didn’t realize that a lack of access to books could have such a big impact on a child’s brain development. That’s why what the Children’s Book Bank does is so good. When you volunteer, you clean and touch-up donated books. The Book Bank then delivers them to children in need. This allows the children to read and be at the same level in school as their peers.
I really liked the service. It was a good length of time and it was entertaining. It’s also a good service for younger kids because it’s a simple and interactive task. I also liked the service because I could connect to it. I loved to read growing up and I was fortunate to have easy access to books. It was nice knowing that I was helping someone have the opportunity to read by doing this service.
Isabel is a sophomore at Lincoln High School. She plays soccer and is fluent in Spanish. Her favorite charity to volunteer at is the Oregon Humane Society because she enjoys working with animals and admires how they educate the public about adoption and animal care.