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 the 2022-23 school year, we served 2,069 PreK through third-grade students and gave away 21,888 books. 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 Local Newsletter.

Local Staff:

Headshot of Program Manager Laurie McNichols

Laurie McNichols
Area Director

Elisa G.
Early Childhood Literacy Specialist

Volunteer Opportunities:

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:

  • 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
  • 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:

  • Eric Ikenouye (Linn County)
  • Mara McManus (Benton County)
  • Megan Burrows (Lane County)
  • Xan Augerot (Benton County)

We are looking for people join the South Valley Leadership Council and help SMART Reading raise friends and funds in our local communities. Please contact Laurie McNichols, Area Director, at 541-600-8035 or for more information.


South Valley Restaurant Night12/12/23

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