Jackson and Josephine Counties

The SMART Reading Rogue Valley Area team implements SMART Reading and raises funds to support SMART Reading in Southern Oregon. In 2020-2021 in SMART Reading’s Rogue Valley Area, we served 2,052 PreK through third-grade children with the help of 52 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 Rogue Valley’s Year-end Report.

Click here to read SMART Reading Rogue Valley’s Local Newsletter.

Local Staff:

Karen Brkich Program Manager

Leona Westdahl Area Director

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 Rogue Valley area click here, or call 541-734-5628.

Business Partners:

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

Leadership Council:

SMART Reading Leadership Council are groups of individuals who help SMART Reading flourish in our local communities through fundraising and recruitment.  Thank you to our Rogue Valley Area Leadership Council members:

  • Nancy Gross
  • Scott Kelly
  • Rhonda Klug
  • Scott Koch
  • Phil Long
  • Cameron McCandless
  • Jan Murphy
  • Dave Robison
  • Barbara Saigo
  • Patsy Smullin
  • Bill Thorndike, Jr.
  • Becky Versteeg


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