SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)

Sponsored by Cascade Eye Center

101 SW Market St.
Portland, OR 97201

SMART engages community volunteers to read one-on-one with PreK through third-grade children who need reading support. Participating children also receive new books each month to keep and read with their families.
SMART envisions an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed.


Since 1992, SMART has been pairing caring, adult volunteers with children in need of reading support and books to take home and keep. SMART volunteers read one-on-one with students weekly during the school year, modeling a love of reading and building children’s reading skills and self-confidence in a positive, child-driven environment.

Now in our 26th year, SMART has connected more than 130,000 community volunteers with over 200,000 students across Oregon for one-on-one reading support, and given children 2.5 million books to take home and keep.


SMART is funded almost entirely by private gifts from individuals, businesses, and foundations.
Become a Sponsor! Event sponsorships for the SMART Sip in the Gorge range from $5,000 – $500. All sponsors are recognized for their contribution in promotion leading up to and at the event. Sponsorship commitments can be made here: or by sending a check to SMART’s office: 101 SW Market St, Portland, OR 97201. (Although checks are processed in Portland, all gifts support local SMART programs in the Gorge).
Make a gift to support local SMART programs in the Gorge:
$300 covers the cost of one child’s participation in SMART for the school year.
$40 covers the cost of one book pack—the 14 books each child takes home to keep.

SMART Sip in the Gorge
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Hood River Hotel: 102 SW Oak St
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online here:

Join us for the first-ever SMART Sip in the Gorge, a new take on our annual event to benefit SMART reading programs in the Gorge. The event will feature tastes of premium wine, beer, and other drinks, along with small bites from local restaurateurs, all to support local SMART programs. Come visit with friends & neighbors and enjoy a taste while learning more about SMART’s work to inspire little readers in the Gorge.

SMART is looking for volunteers to read one-on-one with children for one hour each week at a local school. We are also seeking leadership volunteers to coordinate programs. Local SMART programs with the greatest need for volunteers are in:

Hood River
Country Club Head Start
Parkdale Head Start

The Dalles
Chenowith Elementary

To learn more about volunteering or to sign-up, visit our website here: