Volunteer

Important for 2022-23 School Year: While the state of the pandemic and its impact on our programming in 2022-23 is still unknown, we are hopeful and planning for a significant return to our in-person, one-on-one reading model while also retaining two pandemic-era services that have been well received by educators because of their valuable complement to classroom curricula and ease of access and implementation.

To read more about these services and our plans for the 2022-23 school year, click here.

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. 

Recurring Volunteer Opportunities (Statewide)

Site Coordinator
This leadership position serves as the key liaison between SMART Reading and our site partners.  Volunteer Site Coordinators work with SMART Reading staff to train Volunteer Readers, implement virtual or in-person programming, and oversee the program at the assigned site throughout the year. This volunteer role includes supporting book distribution efforts and facilitating regular communication between the site partner and SMART Reading staff. Click here to read the full position description.
Reader
This volunteer position is vital to SMART Reading, providing critical literacy support to kids and helping foster a love of reading and learning. This volunteer role may include participating in One-to-One SMART or Classroom SMART (virtual or in-person) depending on availability and the needs of your local area or site. Click here to read the full position description.

One-time Volunteer Opportunities (Portland Metro Area)

The Children’s Book Bank at SMART Reading offers a number of one-time and flexible volunteer opportunities. Currently, these are limited to the Portland Metro Area, although we hope to begin expanding them to other communities across the state. Sign up to clean and restore children’s books or learn more about other opportunities with the Children’s Book Bank by clicking here. 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!

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