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Howard Area Reading Program (HARP) Volunteer

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Howard Area Community Center

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Position: Howard Area Reading Program (HARP) Volunteer

Department: Youth Development Services

Location: Oakton Elementary School in southeast Evanston

436 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

Reports to: Barbra Kaufman

General Description:

HARP is one of the longest-running literacy programs in the country-serving children for over 40 years! We proudly serve students in the Greater Rogers Park Area and Evanston.

Volunteer mentors work one-on-one with one student through the duration of the program. Students are in second through fourth grade. HARP Volunteers mentor and tutor children to combat illiteracy and build children’s confidence in themselves and their academic ability.

HARP Reading Specialists train new volunteers, using the National Louis University clinic model. All lesson plans and materials will be provided, and tutoring is always supervised by our program manager who will be able to provide support as needed.

Time Commitment:

  • Thursdays 3:10-5:00 PM
  • November through mid-May
  • Starts 11/4/2021


  • Tutor and mentor one student once a week to combat illiteracy and build academic confidence.
  • Attend all trainings as assigned by our program manager.
  • Utilize curriculum and materials as assigned by our program manager.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Able to keep to a consistent schedule
  • Interest in working with eager struggling readers
  • Willingness to follow our lesson plans
  • Good sense of humor!

If you are interested, please fill out our volunteer application
and our volunteer coordinator will reach out to you shortly.

Under "Volunteer Interest," please select "other" and specify the HARP Program in the box below.

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About Howard Area Community Center


7648 N. Paulina, Chicago, IL 60626, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Howard Area Community Center is to assist low-income individuals and families in the greater Rogers Park and adjacent communities to stabilize their lives and to develop the social skills necessary to become effective community members


Howard Area Community Center (HACC) is a social service agency that provides free education, employment, and health assistance programs for the greater Rogers Park area. Many of HACC’s services are life-sustaining. Individuals and families set their own goals, and HACC is here to lend a helping hand along their journey to success.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


436 Ridge AvenueEvanston, IL 60202



  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Child Development
  • Reading / Writing


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Thursdays 3:10-5:00 PM  November through mid-May Starts 11/4/2021 

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