Reading Buddies (Essex County)

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Jewish Family Service of MetroWest

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RSVP Center of Essex and Hudson Counties

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 Julie Cramer at or 973-637-1761.

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About Jewish Family Service of MetroWest


256 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 105, Florham Park, NJ 07932, US

Mission Statement

The purpose of the JFS of MetroWest is to provide comprehensive social and therapeutic services to the MetroWest Jewish and general community. Our services preserve and enhance family values and functioning, promote healthy personality development, and respond to the stress and distress impacting on people throughout the life-cycle. We are a non-discriminating and fully accredited professional social service agency.


Jewish Family Service provides a full range of services to strengthen and restore families. Services include individual, family, and children's services; elder care services; family life education; adoption services; volunteer services; chronic illness and developmental disabilities programs; domestic violence response; school-based services, Jewish Resource Line; and resettlement and citizenship.


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations available in Essex CountyWest Orange, NJ 07052



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Child Welfare
  • Youth Services


  • People 55+


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

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