SMART Seeking Leadership Volunteers in Bend


Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of local children? SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) is recruiting leadership volunteers to coordinate reading programs at schools in Bend. Volunteer Site Coordinators are critical to SMART’s ability to bring one-on-one reading support and books to keep to 900 children in our community next year. SMART Area Manager Jennifer Zardinejad says, “Our Site Coordinators are a critical asset to each and every program in our area. They are true

leaders in our community and we cannot provide SMART programs without them.”

We are looking for volunteer Site Coordinators or Co-Coordinators for our programs at:

  • RE Jewell Elementary
  • Bear Creek Elementary
  • Tumalo Community School
  • Westside Village Magnet School

Site Coordinators oversee weekly reading sessions in which SMART Readers spend an hour each week from October through May reading one-on-one with PreK through third-grade children. They also work with SMART staff to ensure that the program is running effectively.

“If you choose to give the gift of your time to SMART, that gift will continue to benefit many children for years to come,” says SMART Site Coordinator Lisa Weil.

Volunteers have been at the heart of SMART’s work since its founding 28 years ago, and are critical to the success of its mission. To learn more about this fun and rewarding experience, please contact your local SMART office at 541-797-7726, or visit our website at

SMART is a statewide nonprofit organization that envisions an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed. We engage community volunteers to read one-on-one with PreK through third- grade children, providing a fun, child-guided experience that builds reading skills, self-confidence and a love of reading. Since 1992, SMART has steadily grown to become Oregon’s largest volunteer literacy program. In 2019-20, we will serve 11,000 children statewide with the help of 5,000 community volunteers. Children in the program receive 14 new books throughout the school year to keep and read with their families. • 541-797-7726


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