The following programs are the product of our Learning Community’s imagination.

Umatilla Morrow Head Start Gets SMART With Boomer Volunteers
With two or more 30-minute private reading sessions per week, Umatilla Morrow Head Start students show marked improvements in language development and literacy skills. Read the story »

From Seed To Table: A Community Rallies Behind the Family Relief Nursery
Volunteers of America Oregon builds a sustainable garden and nature-based curriculum by leveraging boomer volunteers in design, construction, cultivation, and program development. Read the story »

Boomers Form a Caring Community at NeighborImpact
Central Oregon retirees leverage a lifetime of skills, wisdom, and experience in service of young children while forging relationship with like-minded colleagues. Read the story »

A Reading Pal is a Toddler’s Best Friend
Adelante Mujeres bolsters early childhood education outcomes by pairing exuberant kids with committed volunteers to work on English language and literacy skills. Read the story »

Gladstone Leverages Community Resources to Support Young Children
When a neighborhood grocery store is transformed into a multi-agency center for children and families, it only took a spark to ignite the community’s volunteer spirit. Read the story »

A Case for Volunteer Management in Early Childhood Development
Through intentional use of unpaid staff to advance the organizational mission, Family Building Blocks realizes a positive return on investment in professional volunteer management. Read the story »

Young People Mentor Young Children at Umatilla Morrow Head Start
High school aged “mentors” deliver a quadruple-win: help for students, support for teachers, life-changing experiences for volunteers, and invaluable training for future educators. Read the story »

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SMART volunteers

from seed to table

caring community

reading pal