The SMART Reading Douglas Area manages SMART Reading programs in Roseburg and the surrounding area. In 2020-2021, we served 960 PreK through third-grade children with the help of 160 local volunteers. Each week our dedicated volunteers enter the SMART Reading spaces ready to assist our local children with literacy support and helping enhance their reading confidence skills.

We are committed to recruiting more volunteers and establishing strong financial support within our communities ensuring we can continue to encourage and support our local children through SMART Reading programs.

Click here to read SMART Reading Douglas’ Year-end Report.

Click here to read SMART Reading Douglas’ Local Newsletter.

Local Staff:

Della Harp Area Director

Kris Dellsite
Program Manager

Volunteer Opportunities:

2021-22 UPDATE: Due to ongoing safety precautions related to the pandemic, our programs are primarily virtual. We’ve made adaptations in how we deliver our program that allow us to continue serving students with reading support and books to keep. As a result, our volunteer opportunities have changed. Click here for more information on volunteering with SMART Reading. For a list of sites we serve in the Douglas area, click here, or call 541-672-6477.

Business Partners:

SMART Reading Business Partners are local businesses that support SMART Reading through financial contributions and employee volunteerism. For a list of our Douglas County Business Partners, click here ›

Leadership Councils:

SMART Reading Leadership Councils are groups of individuals who help SMART Reading flourish in our local communities through fundraising and recruitment.  We value our SMART Reading Leadership Council members and thank them for the important work they do.

Douglas County Leadership Chapter members:

  • Karen Bentley, Sales and Marketing, KVAL Television
  • Della Harp, Area Manager
  • Lee Ann Grogan, Family Services Program Manager, UCAN Head Start
  • JoAnne Nelson, Retired  Educator
  • Tamara Osborne, Marketing Director, Umpqua Dairy
  • Kent Rochester, Owner, Big Wrench Media
  • Gwen Soderberg-Chase, Associate Professor, Education, Umpqua Community College


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