Program needs seniors to help schoolchildren read

Published on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 21:40
Written by RSVP

HARTFORD - The Community Renewal Team’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program is actively seeking volunteers age 55 and older with a passion for reading to serve in its signature program, READs, for the 2017-18 school year in five area communities: Berlin, New Britain, Manchester, Vernon and Portland.

The program is seeking more than 200 volunteers to cover the schools in those communities.

The RSVP READs program is a school-based program in which volunteers are partnered with students in elementary schools, providing reading guidance for one hour per week from October to May. Tutors in the READs program help to make reading fun for students, serving as positive role models who inspire students to develop their own love of reading.

“As a READs tutor, we can promise you that you will truly make a difference in the lives of the students you help throughout the year,” says Theresa Strong, RSVP manager for the Community Renewal Team. “Volunteer today and share your love of reading with children in your community.”

To get started, volunteers need to let the RSVP team know what weekdays they are available to give at least one hour, and which school district they want to help. They then will be placed with the program that meets your availability. Volunteers can also choose to serve as a substitute in the reading program, if that better fits their schedule.

People who would like to volunteer should contact Strong via email at or by calling 860- 519-3484.

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The Community Renewal Team is the designated community action agency for Middlesex and Hartford Counties and is the largest nonprofit provider of human services in Connecticut.

The agency’s mission is “Preparing Our Community to Meet Life’s Challenges.” Each day, it helps people and families become self-sufficient while making sure basic needs are met.

The CRT’s programs include Head Start, Meals on Wheels, energy assistance, supportive housing and shelters, serving people in more than 60 cities and towns throughout Connecticut.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General News, New Britain on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 21:40. Updated: Wednesday, 30 August 2017 21:42.