Baker, Gilliam, Hood River, Morrow, Umatilla, Wallowa and Wasco Counties

Children in the Columbia River Gorge and Northeast Oregon are becoming more confident readers, thanks to the many hours contributed by our generous and caring volunteers. In the 2023-24 school year, we served 769 PreK through third-grade students and gave away 10,798 books in the cities of Cascade Locks, Halfway, Hermiston, Hood River, Moro, Odell, Pendleton, and The Dalles. Our SMART Reading team, dedicated Site Coordinators and members of our local area Leadership Councils, are working hard to recruit new volunteers and raise the needed funds to continue to grow SMART Reading in this region. Our goal is to increase the number of children we are able to serve and have the opportunity to introduce them to the wonderful world of books and a lifelong love of reading.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are a vital part of our mission. We can’t provide reading support and books to local kids without YOU! To find a list of SMART Reading sites near you, click here (or call 541-436-5457).

To learn more about our volunteer roles and submit an application, click here

Click here to read SMART Reading Northeast’s Year-end Report.
Click here to read SMART Reading Northeast’s Local Newsletter.

Local Staff:

Jennifer Zardinejad Area Director

Kate Drahota
Program Manager

Business Partners and Civic Organizations:

Many local businesses and civic organizations support SMART Reading through sponsorships, donations, and volunteerism. For a list of our partners in the Northeast Area, 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 are currently looking for folks to join the Northeast Area SMART Leadership Council – if you’re interested in this important community role, contact Jennifer at (541) 797-7726 or


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