Reading Friends

IMPORTANT NOTICE: In light of the COVID-19 situation, United Way has cancelled our Reading Friends volunteer program in our schools through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Any questions can be directed via email to Alyssa Trentzsch

Invest Your Time in the Future of our Community:
Become a Reading Friend! 

Did you know that children who can't read on grade level by the end of third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school? Help us improve early literacy rates in children throughout Lebanon County as a volunteer in our fun, new program! 

As a Reading Friend, volunteers get to work with children in their classrooms both one-on-one and in small groups, depending on the needs within the classroom and those of the individual students.

"The most satisfying community service task I have ever done," says one of our volunteers following his first experience where he read one-on-one with 12 first-graders. 

IMPORTANT: Because this volunteer program is held in our public schools, volunteers are REQUIRED to complete the following before being able to participate: 

  • Child Abuse Clearances
  • PA State Police Background Check
  • TB Test 
  • FBI Fingerprints (not necessary if lived within PA for past 10 consecutive years)
  • Mandated Reporter Training (for all Annville-Cleona School District volunteers)
Information about obtaining clearances and required forms:  
Check out the currently available Reading Friends shifts. If you're interested in signing up and have provided us with the required clearance information as noted above, sign up today to help improve literacy rates in Lebanon County, and make a positive impact in the lives of our children! 

Interested in how to become a Reading Friend with United Way?

Because our Reading Friends are working with children during the school day in their classrooms in our public schools, volunteers are REQUIRED to complete certain clearances as noted above before they can sign up to participate. Fill out the following info, and we'll be back in touch to provide more information about the program! 



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