"Thank you, Reading Assist, for giving me that confidence to know that I can do it and that I will succeed with a little extra effort."

Thomas Reid, RAI student

Volunteers — Why You’re Needed

Reading Assist offers training programs for people interested in becoming Certified Reading Assist Interventionists in order to provide intense, one-to-one intervention to those who struggle the most with learning to read. 

But we understand that not everyone has the time or desire to seek certification. For those who still want to volunteer, there are wonderful organizations in Delaware dedicated to helping struggling readers at all levels and ages -- and more volunteers are always needed.

If you're interested in volunteering as a tutor or reader, we encourage you to reach out to these organizations:

Read Aloud Delaware: "Volunteers read aloud 5 to 15 minutes one-on-one with a child to build literacy skills. Reading one-on-one to preschool children is a simple strategy with proven results. More reading in preschool means more success in life. Our volunteers read to children in more than 100 childcare, Head Start, and kindergarten centers throughout Delaware. Last year, 600 volunteers read to 6,000 children over 76,000 times."

Literacy Delaware: "Literacy Delaware assists adults reading at or below a fifth grade reading level and/or adults who do not speak English to significantly improve their literacy skills. We believe literacy has the power to 'open minds and change lives.' Volunteer tutors receive approximately 21 hours of training in which they learn a variety of techniques to assist them in tutoring. Training consists of four sessions meeting face-to-face in addition to online instructional modules. A tutor commits to a yearly 90 hours of tutoring."

PAWS for Reading: "PAWS for Reading is a program that allows children to read aloud to a therapy dog (or cat, or bunny!) in order to improve reading and communication skills. Children read individually to trained therapy pets (and their handlers) in schools, libraries, or other settings where they can feel comfortable and confident — and have fun! After all, a dog will not correct them or make them feel awkward if they stumble. PAWS for Reading PLUS teams attend an Advanced Reading Training session, equipping them with the skills and techniques necessary to offer our struggling readers greater support in their literacy development."