Volunteers age 17 and above *, work with individual Schenectady CSD Pre-K - 3rd graders in their schools, They typically work with children one day per week for 30 - 45 minutes during the school day between 7:30 am and 3 pm. Some schools have after school programs (3:00 - 5:00) that host our volunteers. Additionally volunteers may choose to work with the youngsters of select inmates in the Schenectady County Jail during their family visits.
*(under 17 must be accompanied by a parent),
Volunteers will instill a love of reading and teach youngsters the letters of the alphabet and their sounds. There are many options for volunteers to choose the school and time of day that the reading sessions would occur.
When children learn to read, there is no limit to what they will be able to do later on.
NO EXPERIENCE is needed—just a willingness to make an enormous difference in a child's life. If they learn to read, there is no limit to what they will be able to do later on. We have support for volunteers through our training sessions and our certified teacher/volunteers.
Background checks are performed on all volunteers prior to them working with a child
At The Reading Is Fun Program (RIF), our volunteer cohort is continuing to grow as the word gets out via different channels and media, but in the meantime. Please let us know of people you know or know of who might be interested in signing on as RIF volunteer teachers. Please share this site and our Facebook Page with your friends.
If you'd like to volunteer outside of these hours we can always use the expertise of our community for help with fundraising and organizing our events. Please use the contact page here to email us.
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Faith United Methodist Church - New Home of the Reading Is Fun Program Library
The RIF Library has moved! Our new location is in Faith United Methodist Church, 811 N. Brandywine Ave., Schenectady.
Many, many Thanks to Faith for their generosity and for the beautiful large, light filled space.
Please call the library cell phone 518-986-3156 when you arrive at the library and we will come down and let you in. Please do not press the intercom button.
Due to school closings and the need for social distancing the library is closed until further notice.
The Volunteer Support Forums have been a great success. We are planning another one soon. It will be held in the RIF Library.
at Faith United Methodist Church. 811 N. Brandywine Ave., Schenectady
Join us to share ideas, get some new ideas or ask questions. Watch this space for more information.
Schenectady School District Sight Words
Overheard by one of our volunteers:
A little boy who sits next to the 1st grader that she tutors saw her and said to her student, "I told you that you were having a treat today!"
It made her day.
Upcoming Training Sessions
For New Volunteers:
No training scheduled at this time check back for future dates.
Training sessions will be held in our library at Faith United Methodist Church.
811 N. Brandywine Ave., Schenectady. Training will last for approximately one hour.
Materials will be distributed to the attendees. Children's books and other supplies and materials will be available to the volunteers to pick up after the training, so plan some extra time to choose materials.