Volunteer and make a difference!
PENCIL has a number of volunteer opportunities to meet most every interest.
- Would you like to work one-on-one with a student helping them improve their reading proficiency?
- Would your organization like to mentor high school students sharing more about your field?
- Would your group like to spend a few hours giving back to area teachers?
The PENCIL staff is ready to help you find the volunteer activity that works for you.
Our primary volunteer focus is Literacy, supporting Metro Schools Reading Clinics. You can help by tutoring a struggling reader one 30-minute weekly session.
Metro Schools operates 24 Reading Clinics inside elementary and middle schools. These volunteer tutoring centers are fully stocked with level-specific books and materials. The district’s Reading Clinic Coordinator provides a 90-minute training for volunteers to fully prepare them for the 30-minute lesson plan they will follow each week.
Volunteers are matched with students based on the volunteer’s availability within school hours (8 a.m. - 3 p.m. for elementary, 9 - 4 p.m., middle) Monday – Thursday. The minimum commitment is one 30-minute weekly session for at least 8 sessions. The program begins in September and the clinics close in early May.
CLICK HERE to learn more about two schools that need Reading tutors.
To register for a Reading Clinic Training click HERE
To register and complete your volunteer background check, click HERE.
"As a Reading Partner, I get to see the difference my volunteer time makes as I watch my student make great strides in reading. A the beginning of the school year, my kindergartner didn't know the names and sounds of all her letters. After just one semester working with her, she is already able to read some two- and three- letter sight words. It's incredible!" - Emma Tadlock-Goldsmith, Reading Tutor
All PENCIL Reading Partners will need to get a background check (provided by PENCIL at no cost to you).