Volunteers Needed this Friday! ALA Orlando

We need you! This is an opportunity to put Whole Person Librarianship into action while supporting at-risk kids.

Librarians Build Communities and the ALA Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion are supporting Orlando Public Libraries during the upcoming conference. There are 2 opportunities to help:

  • Summer BreakSpot! Friday, June 24, and Monday, June 27, 11:30am-12:30pm (pickup at 10:45) or 1:15-2:15pm (pickup at 12:30): Summer BreakSpot provides lunches to children who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches during the school year. Kids arrive by bus, with a food truck on-site. ALA volunteers will help connect kids with lunches and participate in library activities at four library branches. Transportation is provided to and from the Conference Center.
  • School Supply Drive! Volunteers needed all weekend and to prep for delivery on Monday, June 27: The same at-risk kids who participate in Summer BreakSpot need school supplies. We invite everyone at ALA to drop off donations at the convention center. Volunteers are needed to collect supplies from donation points all weekend and/or to help sort and deliver the supplies on Monday.

Transportation support will be provided by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services. For more information and to sign up for a volunteer shift, please contact Anthony Bishop (

Volunteers: The pick-up location will be at the Westwood Entrance that is at the back of the convention center. ALA will be posting signs that directs attendees to this area. Each van will have a sign in the window that says which branch it’s going to. If you don’t know your branch, that’s OK, just come to the pickup site, and we’ll take care of it.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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