Get Involved with Ferst Readers

 Be a part of a story that is larger than your own!  2023 Volunteers of the Year

Click here and see some of what our local volunteer Community Action Teams were doing throughout 2023!                                                                                                           

Several Ways to Volunteer with Ferst Readers

Want to volunteer your time and skills? Our local Community Action Teams (CATs) welcome new volunteers!

Contact us toll-free at 1-706-818-6016 or email ,  or you can scan the QR Code to the right to fill out the volunteer inquiry form, and we will connect you with a local Community Action Team (CAT) in your area. 

Start the Program in Your Community

We always want to expand our reach and set up programs in new communities. There are two ways to bring books to your community:

Local Volunteer Community Action Team (CAT)

Group of volunteers or who:

  • Register children from birth to five years old.
  • Raise funds for books (because there isn't a cost to the families). For $42, a child receives an age-appropriate book each month for one year!
  • Promote early literacy and literacy events in the local community.  

Your CAT can comprise parents, teachers, retired teachers, businessmen, church members, community leaders – basically, anyone who understands the importance of early literacy and how improving early learning outcomes can impact an entire community! Every CAT looks different, so no ‘set’ format is required to get started. If you would like more details about starting a CAT in your community, download this Start a CAT flyer.


Business/Civic Group/School System who:

  • Wants to provide books to a specific group of children.
  • Gives funds to mail books to those children.
  • The National Office will register children and maintain the account. 

If you'd like more information about starting a program in your area, please contact us at or call toll-free at 1-888-565-0177.





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Thank you for visiting Ferst Readers!

Ensuring that children develop early literacy skills is one of the most important things we can do - as parents, as teachers - and as a society.

Won't you help us make a difference?

Adopt a reader today!   Make a Donation!