Jackson and Josephine Counties

Volunteer and students sitting on steps reading a book at Helman Elementary

The SMART Reading Rogue Valley Area team implements SMART Reading and raises funds to support SMART Reading in Southern Oregon. In the 2023-24 school year, we served 846 PreK through third-grade students and gave away 8,300 books. 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.

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 541-734-5628)

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

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:

Headshot of Area Director Leona Westdahl

Leona Westdahl Area Director

Taylor Melgoza headshot

Taylor Melgoza
Program Manager

Ashli Quintela
Program Administrator

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:

  • Teresa Cisneros
  • Rhonda Klug
  • Scott Koch
  • Phil Long
  • Cameron McCandless
  • Ann Michels
  • Barbara Saigo
  • Bill Thorndike, Jr.
  • Becky Versteeg


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