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The table below summarizes the opportunities our partners provide for volunteers. As you will see, each organization has a unique approach and requirements for volunteers. You can find more information about each organization in our Partner Directory, or by clicking on the program name.

Program Name Program Description Volunteer Role Students Served Volunteer Times Volunteer Commitment Contact
Bayshore Christian Ministries KidSmart is an after school academic enrichment program run by Bayshore Christian Ministries that supports the academic and social development of the children in our community. Volunteers may provide homework help, one-on-one reading, or outdoor recess games 4-4:30 pm Elementary school children After school hours One hour per week is ideal, once every two weeks is acceptable Holly Meyer
(650) 327-9941
Experience Corps Bay Area Experience Corps Bay Area engages older adults (50+) as volunteer tutors and mentors to increase the literacy skills of K-3rd grade students in local public schools. Through this generational exchange, children succeed, older adults thrive, and communities are made stronger. Experience Corps tutors lead small groups of students (2-4) through a curriculum of reading exercises designed to bring their reading skills up to or beyond grade level. Elementary school children grades K-3 During school hours, 9am-3pm Two two-hour shifts per week is ideal; once per week for 3-4 hours can also be arranged Jeni Johnson
Familias Unidas This ten-week program involves whole families, teaching them how to support their children and achieve academic success. Volunteers assist families with reading and math projects, assist with technology, read with families Families with children in pre-K through fifth grade Weeknights 5:30-8 pm One evening per week for ten weeks Ninfa Zuno
(650) 269-7067
Generations United GU offers 1-to-1 read aloud programs to K-3 students during the school year and over the summer; Moms’ ESL Volunteers read with a child or teach English to an adult. Elementary school children; adults During school hours, weeknight evenings 6:30-8 pm One hour per week with children; two hours per week with adults Angie Ibarra
(650) 619-1300
Healthy Cities Tutoring Healthy Cities Tutoring is a tutor-mentor program that provides elementary and middle school children with one-on-one support from community volunteers Volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for students in kindergarten through 8th grades in all subjects, including reading Elementary school children During and after school, some weekends 45 minutes per week for the duration of the school year Donna Becht
(650)508-7327 or (650)703-2042
Jewish Coalition for Literacy JCL tutors provide one-on-one or small group reading support for struggling readers grades K-3 Volunteers read one-on-one with a child in grades K-3 Elementary school children During school hours, after school to early evening One hour per week for duration of the school year Aaron Vad
Los Ayudantes Los Ayudantes (the “Helpers”) provides help to students to build English literacy skills and U.S. cultural awareness. Volunteers lead small reading groups or help students develop comprehension and critical thinking skills for social studies and language arts assignments. Students in 4th through 8th grade Wednesdays between 8:30am – 9:35am, 11:20am – 12:10pm and 2:45pm – 3:45pm  One hour per week for the duration of the school year  Kimberly Gonsalves   (650) 273-READ (7323)
Project Read Project READ – Redwood City is a literacy program serving adults, youth and families. Tutoring lessons are student-centered, focusing on reading, writing and critical thinking skills and are supported by the generous help of our trained volunteers. Volunteers work one-on-one with a child or adult. Children in grades 1-12, adults, families Times are arranged by the tutor. Tutoring takes place year round Tutors spend about three hours per week on average, though this is left to the discretion of learner and student pairs rclread@redwoodcity.org   (650) 780-7077
Reading Partners Reading Partners helps children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. Volunteers are trained to work with a student using a Reading Partners curriculum. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade Monday – Thursday, 8am – 5pm during the school year One hour per week for a minimum of one semester, approximately 16 weeks. Gina Roberti


Redwood City Library Foundation Redwood City Library Foundation works to increase financial support for the library’s services, collections and programs. Volunteers serve on the Library Foundation board and help with fundraising events. The Library Foundation does not offer volunteer opportunities working directly with people in need of literacy assistance. Volunteers do not work with students. Determined by Library Foundation Board and staff and the volunteer For the duration of an event or indefinitely, as determined by the volunteer Rouslana Yaroslavsky
Redwood City Public Library The Library sponsors a number of programs that use volunteers. These include: digital literacy assistance, Traveling Storytime, and homework assistance for children. Volunteers may staff drop-in computer labs or teach technology classes; read aloud to children in preschools and daycare; or provide homework assistance to children K-6th grade. Children and adults are served. As determined by the volunteer and individual program needs. As determined by the volunteer and individual program needs. Please see the Redwood City Public Library website’s volunteer page for contact information.