We will not run a summer program this summer (2017), so please check back in with us in August to volunteer for our fall cycle (2017). Thanks!

Our volunteer tutors are the heart of our program. Our volunteers are critical to the success of our program and we are grateful for their time and energy. We are regularly looking for smart, dedicated people who are passionate about helping children reach their potential.

We are looking for people who:
  • Have excellent literacy and communication skills
  • Love to read
  • Love children and have experience with children, particularly children in grades 3-8 (ages 8-14)
  • Can commit to working with a child on either Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays from either 3:10-4:30 or 4:45-6:00 PM for a minimum of 10 weeks
  • Are dependable and punctual
  • Are interested in learning about literacy instruction
  • Want to make a lasting, positive difference in a child’s life
  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • All volunteers must have full background check
  • Must attend a 30 minute orientation, a 3 hour training session before the start of the cycle, and a one hour training after the start of the cycle.


We accept volunteer applications on a rolling basis. The steps are as follows:

  • Once we receive an application (see below)  and if the applicant meets our requirements, we will invite the applicant to attend a 30 minute orientation at READ 718 where he/she can learn more about our program and we get to know the applicant.
  • If it is a good fit and we are able to pair the volunteer with a child, the volunteer will be invited to attend a 3 hour training which usually takes place on a Saturday.
  • The volunteer will get fingerprinted through Go Pass.
  • The volunteer will then begin tutoring at the start of the next cycle.

We sometimes have more applicants than we do children and we are not always able to pair applicants with a child. Because our volunteers work one-on-one wth a child, we strongly consider personality and qualifications/experience when pairing the volunteers with specific children.

Please fill out volunteer application here:

(this is for adult volunteer tutors)

Saturday Reading Room tutor application here:

(this is for high school volunteer tutors)

Please contact us with any questions