Read + volunteer as a family together this summer!

By June 7, 2022Article

Cannonball! It’s summertime!

Want to make it the best summer ever?


We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to encourage more families to read and volunteer as a family together this summer. We invite you to join us at the kick off celebration at the Summer Reading Extravaganza! Join families like yours for this special outdoor festival for all ages on June 12th from 12-5pm. Grab your friends and head to the Library in Oakland for music, crafts, games, activities, storytelling, food trucks and so much more! 

While you’re there, enroll in Summer Reading and pick up your materials.

Some fun activities include: Scavenger Hunt • Historical Tours • Sensory Friendly Space • Bouncy House • Inflatable Games • Balloon Artistry by Mike the Balloon Guy • Used Book Sale

Food & Drink: 

  • Decorate and enjoy your own Eat’n Park Smiley Cookie
  • Grab a granola bar and piece of fruit from the snack tent courtesy of 412 Food Rescue, and Giant Eagle
  • Purchase food from local food trucks donating a portion of proceeds to the Library



📚 Read Together as a Family this Summer

According to Scholastic, Summer reading is critical, not only for helping kids maintain learning while school is out, but also for fostering social-emotional development, discovering the joy of stories, and elevating the importance of lifelong learning. In fact, 96% of educators point out that providing year-round access to books at home is important to enhancing student achievement.

👨‍👩‍👧 Volunteer as a Family Together this Summer

And when you volunteer as a family this summer, amazing your special family bond gets even stronger. You build empathy, closeness and brings your unit together in joy. According to Psych Central, families that volunteer build stronger communities, too. It’s pretty cool! And with the 412 Food Rescue app, volunteering as a family is so easy. The app makes it so convenient to claim a food rescue nearby. In just 30 minutes, your family will be guided every step of the way to pick up some fresh food at a nearby retailer and drop it off at a nonprofit close by. The best part? By picking up that fresh, nutritious extra food, you’ll be helping out our planet. Throwing food away isn’t just sad, it’s really bad for our environment. So every time you pick up some surplus food you’re doing extra good for our world! 🌎

Volunteer as a family