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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
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The 12 Books Virtual Reading Program helps disadvantaged elementary children who are struggling with reading by pairing them with volunteers who read with them online. We are currently seeking 140 volunteers for this school year!

The literacy gap has widened during the COVID-19 pandemic and disproportionately affects students living in poverty. In the elementary schools in Mesa that have the highest percentage of low-income families, only between 4%-27% of 3rd graders are proficient in reading. Kids in poverty who are not proficient by the end of 3rd grade are 13x less likely to graduate high school than their proficient peers not living in poverty. This puts them at a higher risk of experiencing homelessness, incarceration, and a continued cycle of poverty as adults.

You can help! Volunteers read with elementary students one-on-one for 30 minutes twice per week using a digital library shared through Zoom or Webex. This provides individual support to students who need it the most, helping them read independently and supporting their comprehension just by reading with them! This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to help out in their community and help break the cycle of poverty for kids in Mesa!

This program runs during the school-year, and sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-7:30am or between 2-4pm. Volunteers sign up for a time slot that works for them.

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About Mesa United Way


137 East University, Mesa, AZ 85201, US

Mission Statement

Through our volunteer program we hope to connect individuals who desire to serve in the community with the opportunities that are available. HELENS HOPE CHEST helps foster children with their basic needs, giving children a similar experience of shopping in a consignment store. although the clothing is gently used, children in foster care are given the opportunity to select styles and colors they like. 16 individual rooms accommodate the basic needs of infants,toddlers,children, teens and young adults transitioning out of foster care. MESA VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER provides comprehensive support services to veterans and their families. The MVRC provides resources and referrals to assist in various areas including benefits claims, employment, mental health, and homelessness.


Helens Hope Chest is opened Mon - Fri 8 -5 with the occasional Saturday. Our volunteers must respect the privacy of these delicate children.
We are looking for caring,reliable volunteers willing to commit to at least a year of service a minimum of 4 hours per week or more.

Mesa Veterans Resource Center is open Mon - Fri 8-4. We are looking for ongoing volunteers that can commit at least an hour a month.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Mesa, AZ 85201



  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Youth Services
  • Child Development


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers commit to 1 hour per week (two separate 30-minute sessions) for a period of 8-12 weeks and can continue for as many 8-12 week periods as desired.
  • Volunteers are required to submit the school district volunteer application, which includes a background check and fingerprint clearance, and attend a 1 hour training via Zoom.

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