little girl smiling sweetly at her SMART volunteer

SMART was founded on the idea that communities play an important role in supporting children’s education. We support PreK through third-grade children in Oregon to develop the motivation, self-confidence, and reading skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. SMART volunteers in communities across our state contribute their time and talents to help us achieve this goal.

Volunteer Opportunities

SMART Reader

Time commitment: 1 hour a week mid-Oct. through mid-May

Training requirement: 1 hour site orientation prior to reading and online orientation video.

How to apply: Apply online! All applicants are required to undergo a criminal history check.

SMART Readers spend an hour each week during the school year reading one-on-one with PreK through third-grade children, modeling and fostering a joy of reading while supporting the child’s efforts to read independently. Our Readers are paired with the same children each week, developing a mentoring relationship with the students they read with over the course of the year. Readers are essential to realizing SMART’s vision of an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed. To download the full Reader position description, click here.

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SMART Site Coordinator

Time commitment: average of 2-8 hours a week depending on site mid-Sept. through mid-May

Training requirement: Three 3 hour training sessions starting in mid-Sept and monthly one hour team meetings Oct-May. For late-starting programs, training sessions will take place as needed.

How to apply:  Apply online! All applicants are required to undergo criminal history check. Staff will follow up with more information about the role.

Site Coordinators are volunteers who take the lead in implementing and overseeing the program at a SMART site with the support of staff and Readers. A program is not able to open until this critical role has been filled. It is because of the leadership and dedication of over 350 Site Coordinators across the state that thousands of Readers and students are able to read together each year.  To download the full Site Coordinator position description, click here.

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SMART Leadership Council Member

SMART Leadership Council Members are individuals across Oregon who help SMART flourish in their local communities through fundraising, friendraising and volunteer recruitment. To see who’s on your local SMART Leadership Council, click here and select your local area. If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved with a  SMART Leadership Council, please contact your local SMART office.

If you are already a SMART volunteer and would like to access additional information, including training resources, click here!