You’re likely to enjoy it. They’re likely to graduate.

Children who are read to are more likely to become good readers. And children who read at grade level by the fourth grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school.

Become a ReadingPal.

ReadingPals is a United Way program where volunteers provide positive reinforcement and personal attention to a child (Preschool through 3rd grade) who would benefit from a little extra reading support. We aim to not only improve children’s reading skills, but also impart a love of reading.

ReadingPals offers two opportunities to volunteer:

  • Pairing up with another volunteer to work with a child as part of a ReadingPal Tutor Team.
  • Committing to regularly meet one-on-one for one hour a week with a child as a ReadingPal Tutor.

In Manatee

We train and deploy volunteer “reading pals” who dedicate their time one hour a day, one day per week for 28 weeks to read to a child. This year ReadingPals is in 6 Title 1 schools.

For more information or to sign up as a ReadingPal in Manatee, contact Cassandra Decker at or call 941.932.8261.

Also create a volunteer profile on our Volunteer portal.

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In Hillsborough and Pinellas

Volunteer positions require a background screening and an orientation to prepare you to work with students. Orientations are held in our Tampa office every 2nd Thursday of the month from 1- 3 pm. We also host orientations at various sites in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties as well as host a virtual orientation. Check our events calendar to find the next session, or contact us to view the virtual version. There are 6 after school sites to choose from across Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

For more information and to submit interest in becoming a ReadingPal, contact Nicole Brown at or 813.274.0998.

Additional info for Hillsborough and Pinellas ReadingPals

Our ReadingPals program partners with Hillsborough County Schools and Boys & Girls Club. To volunteer with these sites, you must also be registered with these organizations.

Hillsborough County School District Volunteer Application

Boys and Girls Club Tampa Application

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          Boys and Girls Club Suncoast Application