Opportunity Details

Children & Youth Education, Schools
Low-income Communities
Mentoring/Youth Development

Age Minimum (with Adult): 16+, Minimum Age:16+

Read with Kids in East Portland with SMART Reading! (age 16+) Referral

Volunteer with SMART Reading and help children discover the joy of reading!

Make a huge impact with students in our programs in various schools in East Multnomah County (schools in zipcodes: 97236, 97230, 97233, 97024, 97030, 97236). High-need schools include: Alder Elementary, Gilbert Heights Elementary, Highland Elementary, Margaret Scott Elementary, Menlo Park Elementary, and Troutdale Elmentary.

SMART Reading volunteers spend one hour each week during the school year reading one-on-one with PreK through third-grade children, modeling and fostering a joy of reading while supporting the child’s efforts to read independently. Volunteers read with the same two children, each for a half an hour, weekly, allowing them to see the children progress over the course of the school year. The kids gain skills, confidence, and a lifelong love of learning. You gain the powerful fulfillment of making a difference in the lives of children in your community. 

An average program year consists of 26 one-on-one reading sessions.

To learn more about SMART Reading and how to get involved, click express interest below. You can also contact us via phone (971-634-1628) or via email (metro@smartreading.org).

Join us and start making a reader today! 

SMART Reading is a children’s literacy nonprofit that serves kids in Oregon’s highest need schools with two ingredients critical for literacy and learning success: one-on-one reading time and access to books. We mobilize volunteers to read with PreK through third-grade children, building confidence, literacy skills and a love of reading. SMART Reading provides a meaningful way for Oregonians to make a direct impact in their communities.

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Opportunity Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to participate in this opportunity.

Click on "Express Interest" below if you are interested in helping out!

**This is a Referral Opportunity, which means it is run directly by one of our nonprofit partners. Once you express interest, someone from the partner organization should follow up with you shortly to discuss confirming you as a volunteer for this opportunity.

**Please note, your hours may not be recorded in your Hands On Greater Portland account since this is a partner-managed opportunity.

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