Reading Volunteers

In-District Pillar: Reading Volunteers

Research shows that students who do not master elementary school skills experience a snow ball effect, causing them to slip further and further behind as they go through school. 

Read Fort Worth recruits community members to volunteer with research-validated reading programs serving struggling readers in targeted Fort Worth ISD elementary schools.

Each reading volunteer program trains community volunteers, provides literacy curriculum, supports volunteers when they enter schools, and matches volunteers with a student.  Following these best-practices ensures interventions for struggling readers are high-quality and impactful.

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