A SMART reader reading a picture book to a child during a one-to-one SMART sessionVolunteers are the heart of SMART Reading! SMART Reading was founded on the idea that communities should be involved in children’s education. Since our start in 1992, we have been in awe of our amazing volunteers and their generosity and commitment to building a brighter future for Oregon’s children. We rely on volunteers for every level of our organization’s work, from reading with students, book cleaning at the Children’s Book Bank, and onsite program coordination to leadership expertise, office work, data entry, fundraising, and event planning. Thank you, volunteers!

Volunteer Training Information

  • Reader Information Station: This online hub incudes access to our volunteer orientation, training materials, Policy & Procedure Guide, and other helpful tools.
  • Site Coordinator Toolkit: This is the go-to hub for all of the documents Site Coordinators need to run a program, as well as with training materials, links to data collection forms, and more. Note: Site Coordinators must be logged in to their SMART Google email accounts to access the toolkit.
  • Contact Information: Need to get in touch with your local SMART office? Click here for our office listings and phone numbers.

Spread the Word about SMART

Word of mouth is the #1 way that new volunteers find out about SMART. As volunteers, you know how rewarding and fun it is to help kids build their confidence as readers, to carefully restore used books at the Children’s Book Bank, or to watch a child excitedly select books to keep. Help us reach more children by inviting your friends, family, and colleagues to join you as a volunteer! 

SMART Volunteers Make a Difference

Hear from teachers, kids, and fellow volunteers about the impact that SMART Reading — and our amazing volunteer community — has on Oregon kids:

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