Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties

The SMART Reading Metro Area team implements SMART Reading and raises funds to support SMART Reading in the Portland Metro area. In 2020-21, we served 5,084 PreK through third-grade children with the help of 1,603 local volunteers. We are focused on recruiting more volunteers and establishing strong financial support among our communities to ensure we can continue this important work of empowering local children through reading.

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

Click here to read SMART Metro’s Local Newsletter.

Metro Area Staff:

Alena Banderas-Bella Metro Program Administrator

Sharon Benson Senior Development Officer

Roland Mechanik Program Manager

Stacy Goodwin Senior Program Manager

Gainell Irving headshot

Gainell Irving
Senior Program Manager

Steven Swidler 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 Metro area click here, or call 971-634-1628.

Business Partners:

SMART Reading business partners are local businesses that support SMART Reading through financial contributions and employee volunteerism. For a list of our Metro Area business partners, click here. Thank you to all of our partners!

SMART Associate Board:

The SMART Reading Associate Board is a small group of emerging professionals who represent diverse skill sets and have demonstrated a commitment to serve as SMART Reading ambassadors within the Portland community. To learn more about the SMART Reading Associate Board, click here .


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