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Reading Volunteers Needed - Statewide in Oregon

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We're looking for volunteer readers to read with kids at various sites around the state! This volunteer position is vital to SMART Reading, providing critical literacy support to kids and helping foster a love of reading and learning.

Most SMART Reading programs operate during the school day from October to May, and the reading days and times vary depending on the individual site. This volunteer role may include participating in One-to-One SMART or Classroom SMART (in-person, with potentially some minimal opportunities for virtual) depending on availability and the needs of your local area or site. Since our programs are on hiatus during the summer we aren't currently placing volunteers. However, we would love for you to complete an application and begin volunteering in the fall of 2024.

In our original shared reading model, One-to-One SMART, a trained volunteer is paired with a student for weekly, in-person child-guided reading sessions that last between 15 and 30 minutes. Every week for seven months, volunteers model the joy of reading and/or support the child’s efforts to read independently. Students also choose two books per month to keep and read with their families.

Classroom SMART is a new shared reading model developed during the COVID-19 pandemic that pairs a volunteer with a classroom of students for regular interactive group read-alouds, either virtually or in person. These reading sessions with a "special guest" volunteer are designed to build excitement and enthusiasm for reading. Students in participating classrooms also choose two books per month to keep and read with their families.

Volunteering with SMART Reading

Reader: 1-2 Hours/Week
The volunteer Reader position is integral to the success of SMART Reading. Readers typically commit to one to two hours per week either reading with a student one-on-one or leading a classroom read-aloud. The goal of the reading session is for students to have a fun, engaging experience with books and reading.

If you would like more information about our program, please visit our website at https://smartreading.org/

If you would like to sign up to be a Volunteer Reader or Site Coordinator with us, please complete our application at the following link: https://smartreading.org/volunteer/

For more information about our local offices, including information about what sites are in your area, please visit https://smartreading.org/about-smart/local-offices/

The address listed on this site is for our SMART office in Portland. Please know that we do not accept walk-ins regarding volunteer opportunities at the office. Please do not come to our office unless you have a meeting scheduled with us. Thank you for your understanding.

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About SMART Reading



Mission Statement

Our vision is an Oregon where all children can realize their full potential through reading. We provide a meaningful way for the community to support kids through shared reading time and access to books. Our mission is to spark joy and opportunity through the magic of a shared book.


The intention of SMART Reading is to positively impact literacy outcomes by providing early reading support, access to books, and community engagement in an equitable and inclusive environment for everyone involved.

The program concept is simple: pair an adult volunteer with children for shared reading sessions and provide children with books to keep. Volunteers model the joy of reading while supporting the child’s efforts to read independently.

SMART Reading offers two main delivery models to accommodate different educational needs and environments: One-to-One SMART, which pairs a student and a volunteer to read together, and Classroom SMART, which brings in a special guest volunteer to read to the entire classroom on a regular basis.

In July 2022, the Children’s Book Bank merged with SMART Reading.The Children’s Book Bank at SMART Reading is located in Northeast Portland. We accept new and gently used book donations from the community, then organize volunteers to sort, clean, and distribute books. In addition, we purchase supplemental books with diverse representation to better meet the needs of the children and families we serve.


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


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Multiple locations Portland, OR 97201



  • General Education
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Youth Services
  • Child Development
  • People Skills
  • Reading Comprehension




  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • One hour per week
  • SMART Volunteer Application @ https://smartreading.org/volunteer/

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