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Other Community Volunteer Needs
In addition to city-sponsored volunteer needs, there are other needs for volunteers throughout the community. Look below for the latest opportunities.

United Way Reading Buddies Program

United Way needs individual or team volunteers starting Fall 2011 to spend 30 minutes a week reading to an individual child or to a small group of preschool and kindergarten children. Volunteers are trained and asked to donate a minimum of 30 minutes per week for a seven-month period working with children under the supervision of a classroom teacher. If you are in a team, your group can coordinate schedules so that each volunteer takes a week that works for them. As a Reading Buddy volunteer, you will be helping children develop their language, listening and reading skills.

If you have any questions, contact Diane O’Connor at (847) 741-2259.

The program takes place every Friday at two locations:
  • Illinois Park at 1350 Wing Street
  • Elgin Child and Family Resource Center at 210 National Street

Times at Illinois Park
  • Preschool - 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  • Preschool - 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • Kindergarten - 12:00 noon -12:30 p.m.

Times at Elgin Child and Family Resource Center
Any time between 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Any time between 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Commit to a minimum of 20-30 minutes per week for one school semester
  • Work individually or in teams of 2-4 people who take turns covering a weekly session
  • Attend a short training session before working in a classroom, which will be provided during your first scheduled reading time
  • Read to small groups of children during class’s daily block of reading time (teacher chooses appropriate books to be read and the groups of children)
  • Fill in a short log listing books read
  • Direct any questions or concerns to the Reading Buddy coordinator in advance if you are expecting to be absent - In the event of an unexpected absence, call the coordinator as soon as possible so that a replacement reader may be found. If volunteer is a member of a team working together in one classroom, the volunteer should first attempt to find another member of the team to read on that day. 

  • Making a difference in children’s lives by helping them develop a love of reading
  • Assisting children in developing fluency, comprehension, and listening skills

Sign Up
Sign up to be a Reading Buddy by complete the online form.