Volunteer

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 in how we deliver our program that will allow us to continue serving students with reading support and books to keep in our new environment.

Below you can find details on volunteer opportunities for the 2020-21 school year. Please note that volunteer needs will vary by area, and our local offices will be communicating with all current and prospective volunteers.

To read more about our program adaptations, click here.

little girl smiling sweetly at her SMART volunteer

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 one-on-one reading sessions and new books to keep. Because the simple magic and joy of a shared book can change a child’s life trajectory. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Site Coordinator
This leadership volunteer position serves as the key site liaison for SMART Reading, working with SMART Reading and site staff to implement and oversee the program throughout the year.  This volunteer role may include the following opportunities, depending on the needs of your local community and site: supporting book distribution efforts, facilitating virtual reading opportunities for volunteers and students, training and supporting volunteers in implementation of new reading formats, and facilitating communication between our community partners and SMART Reading staff.
Reader
This volunteer position is vital to the SMART Reading program, providing critical reading support to kids and helping foster a love of reading and learning. This volunteer role may include the following opportunities, depending on the needs of your local community and site: participating in virtual reading sessions, or recording read-alouds for SMART Reading students.
Book Support
Educators, researchers and families tell us that access to books is a crucial way we can support children’s literacy. We plan to expand our work in this area to best support students and families in 2020-21. Book support volunteers work with SMART Reading employees and volunteers with a variety of office services to support book distribution efforts in 2020-21. Activities may include book scanning, sorting and packaging; delivery of books to local SMART Reading sites or other locations; and assisting with book inventory.
Digital Ambassador
Digital ambassadors support SMART Reading staff by raising awareness about the critical importance of our work. Activities may include sharing content on their social media platforms, posting to digital community forums, and/or engaging in peer-to-peer fundraising online.
Virtual Reading Tech Support
In rolling out a new virtual program delivery model, SMART Reading will need ample expertise and support in various new technology platforms. Tech Support Volunteers will help SMART Reading staff and volunteers with utilizing the technology used in virtual reading sessions while maintaining a welcoming and professional environment. Activities may include leading training sessions with volunteer Readers, providing troubleshooting with tech-related issues, and more.

Essential Qualities of a SMART Volunteer

  • If you can agree to the three statements below, we would love to have YOU join us as a SMART Reading volunteer!

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