Volunteer

Important for 2021-22 School Year: Due to ongoing safety precautions related to the pandemic, our programs are currently virtual. We’re continuing to monitor the situation and follow the guidance of our school partners and the Oregon Department of Education when it comes to resuming in-person programming.

Below you can find details on volunteer opportunities for the 2021-22 school year. Please note that our volunteer opportunities will resume in fall 2021. Depending on the needs of our education and community partners, there may be limited opportunities to volunteer in the fall. Volunteer needs will vary by area, and our local offices will be communicating with all current and prospective volunteers.

To read more about our virtual program adaptations and plans for the 2021-22 school year, 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 position serves as the key liaison between SMART Reading and our site partners. Virtual Volunteer Site Coordinators work with SMART Reading staff to train Virtual Volunteer Readers, implement one or more engagement offerings (Virtual SMART, Classroom Read-Alouds, or Pen Pal) and oversee the program at the assigned site throughout the year. This volunteer role will include supporting book distribution efforts and facilitation of 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 the following opportunities (depending on the needs of your local community and/or site): Virtual SMART, Classroom Read-Alouds, or Pen Pal. Click here to read the full position description.
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.

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 weekly commitment, contact your local SMART Reading office to learn more about other opportunities to get involved.