At SMART Reading, we believe that reading is the gateway to learning and opportunity for Oregon’s kids. Every day we mobilize our statewide community of volunteers to make a direct impact on kids through shared reading sessions and new books to keep. Because the simple magic and joy of a shared book can change a child’s life trajectory. 

Read on to learn about our volunteer opportunities! Want to see what SMART programs are near you? Check out this map! 

Note: Our shared reading programs run from October through May. We’ve stopped placing volunteers for the 2023-24 school year, but you are still welcome to apply so we can get you set up to join us in the fall! 

Volunteer at a SMART Reading site near you (weekly commitment)

Help restore used children’s books at our Book Bank warehouse in Portland (one-time or recurring opportunities)

The Children’s Book Bank at SMART Reading offers one-time and flexible volunteer opportunities to help restore and distribute gently used children’s books at our warehouse in Portland. Click here to learn more. Note: Currently, individuals interested in volunteering with the Children’s Book Bank at SMART Reading do not need to fill out the SMART volunteer application below. You’ll find information about Book Bank volunteer sign-ups here

Essential Qualities of a SMART Volunteer

  • If you can agree to the four statements below, we would love to have YOU join us as a SMART Reading volunteer! The "Sign me up!" button will take you through a 15 minute online introduction followed by our volunteer application.

    If you can’t make a consistent commitment, contact your local SMART Reading office to learn more about other opportunities to get involved.