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Volunteer with SMART and Help Children Discover the Joy of Reading! SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) is an early literacy nonprofit that envisions an Oregon in which every child can read and is empowered to succeed. We engage community volunteers to help PreK-3rd grade children become confident readers by providing one-on-one literacy support, valuable adult mentorship, and books to keep. We need volunteers for our programs in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties. Volunteer to read for one hour per week from mid-October through mid-May. Applications are accepted year-round. For more information, call 971.634.1628 or email the Metro Assistant at metro@getsmartoregon.org Go to www.getsmartoregon.org to learn more about our opportunities

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About SMART Reading


101 SW Market St, Portland, OR 97201, US

Mission Statement

SMART Reading is a children’s literacy nonprofit that serves kids in Oregon’s highest need schools with two ingredients critical for literacy and learning success: one-on-one reading time and access to books. We mobilize volunteers to read with PreK through third-grade children, building confidence, literacy skills and a love of reading. SMART Reading provides a meaningful way for Oregonians to make a direct impact in their communities.


SMART, Start Making A Reader Today, is a nationally recognized, community-funded nonprofit that partners with a statewide network of educators, volunteers and advocates to help Oregon's children become confident readers and productive citizens.

SMART engages a diverse set of community volunteers to provide program support as Site Coordinators, SMART Team Members, Program Aides, and Readers. SMART also offers opportunitites to those who wish to act as SMART Ambassadors or Chapter Members to heighten awareness and fundraising.

SMART partners with hundreds of schools statewide to deliver proven literacy support to K-3 children. Teachers recommend students for participation in the program, which complements the school's curriculum.

The program typically operates during the school year between October and May. Whether you can volunteer 1 hour a week, 1 hour a day, or once during the year. Your donation of time can help reverse the statistic that 38% of Oregon's 4th graders read below the basic level.


We'll work with your schedule.


101 SW Market StreetPortland, OR 97201


  • Mentoring
  • Child Advocacy
  • Literacy / Reading


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • One hour per week

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