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 2019-2020, we served 1,726 PreK through third-grade children with the help of 690 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 Local Newsletter.

Local Staff:

Laurie McNichols Senior Program Manager


Volunteer Opportunities:

2021-22 UPDATE: Our services will remain virtual through at least December 2021 and 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 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:

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

Empowering Oregon's Youngest Students for Success: A Virtual Literacy Summit10/21/21

See event details ›