Colleen Watt
Volunteer Coordinator
Kids Book Bank

Since they have been in operation, over 6,000 volunteers have participated in the program, led by Volunteer Coordinator, Colleen Watt, who hopes to assist in the Kids Book Bank’s expansion to a wider audience. “We do work with volunteer agencies like BVU/HandsOn who help connect us to corporate groups and individuals, but I also think most of our individual volunteers have found us via word of mouth or just online.  We certainly have been lucky to get so many volunteers, but I think the nature of our organization makes it very simple for volunteers to sign up for a one time shift when it fits into their schedule, so we are a flexible option for folks looking to get involved. Plus, who doesn't love getting to work with hundreds of amazing kids’ books?! My favorite book is The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch”.

Colleen’s approach to volunteer management is simple: be friendly and personable. Colleen finds great joy in bringing people into the fold, hearing volunteers’ stories as they describe the joy on faces of the children who receive the books from The Kids Book Bank.

Prior to working with The Kids Book Bank, Colleen was the Volunteer Coordinator at The Great Lake Science Center. With four and a half years coordinating volunteers under her belt, Colleen says she is “blown away by the selflessness of volunteer giving.  Volunteers going the extra mile as they step up in these strange times, coming up with new and creative ways to serve.” 

Colleen is a twin who formally lived in Rhode Island and presently resides in Ohio City with plans to move to Cleveland Heights. She loves cats*, reading, gardening, and once played the violin (although admittedly not very well, as she learned you need to practice!) 

*“By the way do all volunteer managers like cats. I see a trend, LOL!”