Reading Buddies

Virtual Edition

Volunteering to read with a child makes a lifelong impact — in their life and yours.

About Reading Buddies

READING BUDDIES is a unique volunteer-driven early literacy initiative that virtually connects mentors to students in first grade who need extra help. Students receive individual attention along with access to free books. The program is designed to improve students’ fundamental building blocks of early literacy.

MANY CHILDREN IN POVERTY do not live in literacy-rich environments. Spending time and sharing books with role models allows these children to connect with the world of reading in a new and special way. Reading Buddies volunteers see the importance of early education first-hand.


of elementary students in Wyoming Valley cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade

How You Can Help

YOU CAN HELP children throughout the Wyoming Valley by volunteering as a mentor for Reading Buddies or helping to sponsor the Reading Buddies initiative. By volunteering virtually just ONE HOUR a week via Zoom, you can help children improve their literacy skills, build their self-confidence, and set them on a path to success.

Learn More

For more information, contact us or visit the Virtual Reading Buddies Resources page.

Support Your United Way

With your help we can achieve our mission to improve the odds of success for at-risk children and families in our community.