Vello Virtual Volunteer Reading Program

Posted by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey on March 24, 2020

Vello is an innovative, 1:1 virtual volunteer reading program. Vello helps children learn to read proficiently by 4th grade through weekly guided reading sessions and by empowering teachers, parents and caregivers with 21st century literacy tools to support youth success.

As part of United Way’s Early Grade Literacy programming, Vello pairs teams of professionals and other volunteers with classrooms to provide safe, digital guided reading support. Together, students and volunteers read e-books using simple screen sharing and audio. With computer or phone with internet access, Volunteers can complete their weekly 30-minute guided reading sessions from anywhere, making it easy to give back without leaving their work space. Vello also provides students with 24/7 access to an extensive 50,000 book RAZ-Plus e-library for themselves and their family members, helping form valuable reading habits in and out of the classroom.

We are working with our school partners to provide Vello virtual volunteer guided reading during school closures. We are actively recruiting corporate and community volunteer teams – plus, matching volunteers with existing volunteer teams. Link to Vello Volunteer Flyer.

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