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 2018-19, we served 3,375 PreK through third-grade children with the help of 1,791 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 2018-19 Newsletter.

Metro Area Staff:

Kendra Allen Bilingual Senior Program Manager

Sharon Benson Senior Development Officer

Stacy Goodwin Senior Program Manager

Alayna Herr Development Officer

Gainell Irving headshot

Gainell Irving
Senior Program Manager

Heather Ohta
Development Officer

Gizelle Polanco
Program Administrator

Staci Sutton
Volunteer Administrator

Volunteer Opportunities:

2020-21 UPDATEAlthough the pandemic means in-person reading and other features of our program will be impossible this year, we’re making adaptations that will allow us to continue serving students and 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 ›.

SMART Associate Board:

The SMART Reading Associate Board is comprised of a group of 15 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 .


The SMART Sip11/7/2020

Oregon Reads Aloud: A Virtual Celebration & Fundraiser2/26/2021

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