Through Read Tutor Mentor caring volunteers working with students of all ages have the power to help kids boost academic achievement and put young people on track for a bright future. There are over 100 children in our community on a waiting list to be paired with someone willing to invest their time in them. Whether you want to volunteer one day, one time or make a longer term commitment, there are several programs in our community with kids who need you! You can choose to read to a class, read one-on-one with a child who is struggling, help a child with their school work, or just spend time with a child and serve as a positive role model in their life.
Why Reading: As a child grows, reading becomes increasingly important for understanding the world, achieving academic excellence and succeeding in the workforce or college.
Why Tutoring: Tutoring – instructing a child one-on-one or in small groups – has been shown to have positive effects on academic performance and reading difficulties. The literacy and math skills that students learn from volunteer tutors can put them on the path to a successful career.
Why Mentoring: Children and youth need more than academic support to make it through school successfully. Mentors provide emotional support that enhances the student’s self-esteem and fosters self-control.
Tips For Volunteering
- Nearly all agencies that offer volunteer opportunities working with children will need to perform a background check.
- Some agencies may require training before you get started.
- Most reading and tutoring opportunities will be during school hours or in the afternoon on weekdays. Some mentoring opportunities are available during the school day and some have more flexible timing, or can be done on your lunch hour.
- Reading and tutoring volunteers can commit to volunteer one time or make an ongoing commitment and meet with student(s) on a regular basis. Mentor volunteers must commit longer term. Time commitment can be as little as 20-30 minutes at a time. We have opportunities for volunteers to work with adults, too!
Expectations of Volunteers
- Fulfil Your Commitment: These guys and gals are depending on your to show up.
- Come Prepared: Whether you are reading, helping with homework, or just hanging out, have a plan before you get there.
- Be Present: Leave your cell phone in the car (you also can’t take photos for confidentiality reasons).
- Be Mindful: Please be mindful of what you say and what you do - these little people are soaking everything you do in!
Apply for Background Check Funding for your RTM Volunteer Needs
Thanks to a sponsorship from Jarred K. Butler, State Farm, United Way is now also able to provide financial support to cover the cost of background checks for these volunteers. Funded programs are encouraged to use this as a tool to remove barriers to volunteer recruitment and placement. Funding will be awarded through mini-grants. Eligible programs may submit an application to be reviewed by the United Way of Central Kentucky Community Investment Team, with funding decisions being determined by the United Way of Central Kentucky Board of Directors.
- Program must utilize volunteers to provide either reading support, tutoring support, or mentoring to children.
- Must be either a school supported program or a 501(c)3 non-profit in good standing with the IRS and Kentucky Secretary of State.
- Program must provide services to children and youth in at least one of the following five counties: Hardin, Breckinridge, Grayson, LaRue, and Meade.
- United Way of Central Kentucky funded and non-funded agencies are all eligible.