Reading Volunteers

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Can you spare an hour per week to make a huge impact in our community? We need you!

Read Fort Worth is coordinating a bold reading initiative to support Fort Worth ISD and our community partners, Read2Win and Reading Partners. We need 1,000 volunteers who can commit one hour a week on campuses across the District. Volunteers will read with students (Kindergarten through 3rd grade) on campus each week, starting in late September and will continue through May 2020.

“We want to achieve 100% of our students reading at grade level by 2025.”
Dr. Kent P. Scribner
Superintendent, Fort Worth ISD

Why get involved?

Not only is it rewarding, but you will make a positive impact for kids who are struggling to read. 

How do I get involved?

Click here to sign up. After you submit the online form, our Engagement Coordinator will reach out to you to walk you through the process. We will work with FWISD to coordinate the background check and training you need to get started.

Will you join us?

“We rely on our volunteers; they are critical.”
Lisa Bracken
Executive Director, Reading Partners
"Teach a child to read. Give a child a chance."
Sultan Cole
Chief Executive Director, Read2Win

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I pick the campus where I will volunteer? Let us know which campus you prefer to volunteer. We will check to see if that campus has a reading volunteer program. If not, we will work to connect you to a campus close by or another preferred location of your choice.  
  • What is VOLY?  VOLY is FWISD’s volunteer management system. It is an easy-to-use, web-based system that simplifies the parent and volunteer engagement across the District.
  • I did a FWISD background check last year. Do I need to do it again? Yes, all volunteers must complete a background check for each school year. This is a requirement of FWISD’s safety policy.  
  • Do I have to volunteer every week? We would prefer for all reading volunteers to assist every week. If you are unable to do so, we can work with your schedule.  
  • Will I be reading for the whole hour? Reading is a major component of being a reading volunteer, but there will also be other activities to participate with a student that encourages the development of reading.  
  • What hours are available to volunteer? We are working with FWISD and our program partners to identify the time slots that will be available. This will vary by campus. Sign up and we will do everything we can to work with your schedule. 
  • Is training required? Yes, training is important to help all reading volunteers become the most effective volunteers for our students. Each campus will have training opportunities based on its campus reading volunteer program.  
  • Who will help me on campus? We will have a volunteer site coordinator on each campus to assist you. We will provide this information during training and it will vary by campus and program.  
“The goal is to ensure that every child is set up for success.”
Anel Mercado
Executive Director, Read Fort Worth