volunteer

Josephine Community Libraries, Inc. (JCLI) was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards honoring our amazing volunteers, including best nonprofit volunteer program in Oregon by the Governor’s Volunteer Awards in 2014, and Volunteer Group of the Year by the city of Grants Pass in 2016. Josephine Community Library District (JCLD) is committed to maintaining the positive and vibrant volunteer culture that has served the libraries so well. With an increase in hours and services provided over all four branches, even more volunteers will be needed to move JCLD into the future. We have a wide variety of volunteer positions available, so if you’re interested in spending time with the greatest volunteers on earth, read on for just a sampling of current positions available. Training is provided for all volunteer positions.

about our volunteers

Because of the unique model as a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization, JCLI volunteers have always done everything required to run the libraries and JCLD is not planning on changing that. Volunteer positions include cataloging library materials, shelving books, providing information to library users, assisting patrons on the computers, hosting children’s storytimes, and checking books in and out. Volunteers also provide behind-the-scenes expertise, including marketing, communications, outreach, facilities maintenance, and more. The Josephine County Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library are also always looking for volunteers to assist with fundraising opportunities and the bookstore at the Grants Pass branch.

An average of 206 hard-working volunteers work almost 2,500 hours each month. In 2017 the roster of 325 volunteers worked a total of 27,137 hours, which is equivalent to 13 full-time-equivalent employees, or $615,160. Josephine Community Library volunteers are clearly dedicated and passionate about their work. Simply put, without the amazing dedication and efforts of the hundreds of JCLD volunteer staff, library services would not exist in Josephine County.

volunteer opportunities

LINK volunteers. LINK (Literacy, Information, and Networking Knowledge) volunteers are focused on providing customer service, keys to education and literacy, and links with community resources to patrons in the children’s libraries. They are the first to greet patrons coming through the door and thrive on helping them find what they need, be it a book, homework help, a one-on-one storytime for a child, or information about family resources within their community. During down time, LINK volunteers may be found exploring literacy websites, doing preparation for a storytime craft, updating lists of local partners, or reviewing recently added children’s books.

Grants Pass information desk. JCLD is looking for volunteers interested in assisting patrons at our Grants Pass branch Information Desk. Volunteers answer questions about library programs, help search the online catalog for requested material, provide Library2Go eReader guidance, and assist patrons on our public computers. Grateful patrons also appreciate volunteers’ assistance with in-depth research using our wide variety of databases. Volunteers are asked to commit to a 2½-hour shift once a week.

Maintenance volunteers. All four branches need volunteers willing to vacuum, dust, and keep the libraries nice and bright for our patrons. Signing up to help for a couple of hours weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly can make a big difference!

Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek branches. Our very busy rural branch libraries have increased hours to better serve local residents. Increased hours lead to an increased need for volunteers; more books to shelve, more patrons using computers, and more kids to read to! Perks include a flexible time commitment, a wonderful team of volunteers to work with, and the chance to make a difference in your community. Click to see branch hours, and stop in or call to learn more about the variety of opportunities available.

interested in volunteering?

If you’re interested in these positions or other ways to volunteer for our libraries, please email info@josephinelibrary.org or call 541-476-0571.

Updated 1/23/2017