Volunteer Registration

Make a difference in a student’s life by serving as an EWDC volunteer for the 2021-2022 school year.

Since 1995, Everybody Wins DC has helped children thrive through the power of reading. And for each of our programs, it is our volunteers who make it all possible. You can join an amazing group of dedicated individuals who support children across the region by signing up as an EWDC volunteer today! Get started here: School Year 2021-22 Volunteer Registration Portal. 


What type of volunteer activities are available?   

Each of our programs have different needs and requirements. You can sign up to support one or all based on your interests and availability: 

  • StoryTime: one time commitment for small group read-alouds or book-related discussions with students (all virtual for SY21-22) 
  • Book Project: helping collect and distribute books across the region (virtual and in-person opportunities for SY21-22) 
  • Power Readers: weekly commitment during the school year; sessions take place either during the student’s lunch hour or as part of an afterschool program (all virtual for SY21-22) 


Is there a requirement to undergo a background check?  

There is no requirement to undergo a background check for StoryTime or The Book Project as these are one-time volunteer activities. However, Power Readers is a mentoring program that includes repeated interaction with students. As such, Power Readers volunteers are required to complete a background clearance check. This process is not managed by EWDC and depends upon the requirements outlined by the student's school system (i.e. DCPS, Arlington County).  

Click here for basic info about the DCPS clearance process, or email Jen McKenzie, EWDC’s Volunteer and Partnership Manager, to learn more about your clearance requirements.

Please note: DCPS has added new, additional steps in the clearance process and is experiencing significant processing delays. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause to our volunteers. 


Are there other ways we can support EWDC students?  

In addition to our program volunteers, EWDC also works with individuals and organizations to complete service activities that broadly support our work. These include hosting book drives, writing notes of encouragement to students, and helping to process books for distributions. If you would like to learn more about these engagement opportunities, please contact Jen McKenzie, EWDC’s Volunteer and Partnership Manager. You can also learn about other ways to support our students through financial gifts here.