Lane, Linn, and Benton Counties

The SMART Reading South Valley Area team implements SMART Reading and raises funds to support SMART Reading in Benton, Linn and Lane Counties located in the Willamette Valley.  In 2018-2019, we served 1,624 PreK through third-grade children with the help of 660 local volunteers. We are focused on recruiting more volunteers and establishing strong financial support among our communities to ensure we can continue the important work of empowering local children through reading.

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

Click here to read SMART Reading South Valley’s 2018-19 Newsletter.

Local Staff:

Laurie McNichols Senior Program Manager

Austin Nieve
Program Manager

Kari Rosenfeld Area Manager

Kari Rosenfeld
Area Manager


Volunteer Opportunities:

2020-21 UPDATE: Although 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 South Valley Area, click here › or call 541-600-8035.

Business Partners:

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

Supporting Organizations:

  • The Baker Family Foundation
  • Benton County Cultural Coalition
  • Corvallis Kiwanis Sunrisers
  • Cow Creek Umpqua Foundation
  • Cressey Family Trust
  • Eugene Active 20-30 Club and Foundation
  • Lane County Cultural Coalition
  • McKay Family Foundation
  • ONE (Oregon Networking Exchange)
  • Oregon Country Fair
  • Springfield Rotary Club

Leadership Council:

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

Lane County

  • Amber Jackson
  • Andy Vobora
  • Cheryl Carter
  • James Oliver
  • Scott Savoian
  • Walt Norblad

Benton and Linn counties

  • Donna Cox
  • Tammy Jack
  • Xan Augerot

Events

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

See event details ›