Let's Read!

FACT: 96% of kids who read well by 3rd grade will graduate high school.

FACT: 1 in 3 American children entering fourth grade score below “basic” in the nation’s only national assessment of reading.

Everyone benefits when a child has a great start on quality education that can pave the way to success in future jobs, where individuals have enough income to support a family through retirement and can enjoy a good, healthy life. These are benefits that can positively impact the whole community. By reading to young children, you can help improve their literacy skills and lead them to a love for learning and success in school, along with helping to create optimism and opportunities for the future.

You're a great fit to be a Let's Read volunteer reader if:

  • You enjoy working with children.
  • You love to read.
  • You have patience and can laugh when things go wrong.
  • You can remain nonjudgmental
  • You don’t mind reading favorite books over, and over, and over again!

We're currently recruiting volunteers to read in classrooms at various daycare and educational sites in the Endicott area. In just an hour or two a week you have the power to unlock the creativity, imagination, and potential of the children you work with!

After completing and application and interview process, United Way of Broome County will provide you with orientation, training, and ongoing support as a volunteer reader. So don't hesitate, contact us to experience the joy of learning and become an advocate for early learning!

Our pilot program is currently taking place, and we are still actively recruiting new volunteers for the fall. At this time volunteer openings are only available during regular (9am-5pm) business hours.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer reader, or want to learn more, please click here to contact Melody Bawas.