Reading Buddies (Essex County)


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations available in Essex CountyWest Orange, NJ 07052


Reading Buddies, a program of the RSVP Center of Essex and Hudson Counties at Jewish Family Service MetroWest, engages older adult volunteers in promoting childhood literacy in public schools. Volunteers age 55+ read to the same small group of students each week throughout the school year using a read-aloud format that supplements the school’s regular reading curriculum. Reading Buddies is a one of a kind program that uses volunteers to support children grades k-2 and educators in the classroom.

This program is a one hour commitment once a week. All volunteers must submit to a background check.

If you are interested in signing up to read to children or would like to know what schools we currently need volunteers in, please contact Stephanie Grove at or 793-637-1766.


  • Literacy / Reading
  • Child Welfare
  • Youth Services

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 55
  • one hour, once a week
  • All volunteers must be age 55+

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