Reading Buddies

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Recruiting Organization: Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, NJ

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.

Currently, this program will be conducted virtually, with hopes to return in person either in January or the fall of 2022 depending on school policies. Reading Buddies is a one hour commitment once a week for the school year. All volunteers must be age 55+ and submit to a background check. Volunteers must live in our service area: Essex and/or Hudson Counties, NJ.

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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