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Phoenix Family

Make a difference in a child's life!

Phoenix Family and the HIKE Reading Program are looking for Volunteer Reading Coaches to meet one on one with students at the low-income housing community of Columbia Square. HIKE (Help Instill the Key to Education) provides low-income children individualized reading instruction in order to improve their literacy, leading to greater success in school and increased opportunities in life. While working with students, volunteers gain practical instructional and education skills by working through provided lesson plans. Our volunteers also have a lot of fun playing games and getting to know their students!

Coaches are needed Monday-Thursday from 1:00-4:00 pm and meet with students in our child-friendly Reading Labs. We are flexible and can work with your schedule. Only an hour or two a week could really make a difference by teaching a child to read.

Volunteers need to have an orientation and training before beginning their volunteer service. Contact Ellen Gude at 816-529-3217 or egude@phoenixfamily.org for more information. Or, fill out our online application here: http://www.phoenixfamily.org/HIKE/volunteer-application.html

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About Phoenix Family


3908 Washington, Kansas City, MO 64111, US

Mission Statement

Phoenix Family empowers people living in low-income housing communities with the on-site support they need to gain stability and achieve self-sufficiency.


A stable, safe home holds enormous possibilities for a low-income family striving to chart a more secure and hopeful future. With an average household income of just $11,743, Phoenix Family’s residents are often just one crisis away from becoming homeless. And, like millions of low-income individuals across the United States, they need more than housing to build personal and financial assets and overcome barriers to success - they also require services where they live.

Phoenix Family’s Youth Development, Families First and Senior Empowerment Programs provide those critical on-site services that help residents learn skills and gain perspectives that keep dreams of stability and hope realities for the future.

Phoenix Family’s staff and programs rely on trust, rapport, choice and convenience to engage residents in services. All services delivered are culturally appropriate and based on the desired outcomes of residents, including increased disposable income, increased educational levels, improved health, and strengthened social networks.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


3908 WashingtonKansas CityKansas City, MO 64111




  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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