Read to Success

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Great Rivers United Way is currently seeking volunteers for its reading tutor program, Read to Success. Designed with the educational needs of third-grade students in mind, Read to Success is a one-on-one tutoring program that aims to put kids on a road to success.

Children learn to read, and then they read to learn. Reading is a foundational skill directly tied to future academic and adult success, and third grade is a pivotal time for learning in this area. As a Read to Success tutor, you will make a lifelong impact on a child.


We’re pairing area elementary schools and local businesses willing to provide 9-12 Read to Success tutors. If volunteerism is an important part of your company’s culture, we’d love to chat about Read to Success!

Volunteer Details

  • Tutors are needed for programs within the following school districts:
    • Arcadia
    • Caledonia
    • La Crosse
    • La Farge
    • Onalaska
    • Sparta
    • Tomah
  • The time commitment is one school year, one hour per week with two students (two 30-minute, back-to-back sessions weekly). There is some flexibility if your schedule can only accommodate one 30-minute session per week.
  • Experience working with children is helpful but not necessary – volunteers will receive thorough training and access to the program coordinator should questions or concerns arise.

How to Apply

To begin the application process, please visit Great Rivers United Way on Ugetconnected. All Read to Success volunteers must pass a background check and complete training prior to being assigned their two students.


Contact program coordinator Julie Nelson at or (608) 796-1400, Ext. 107.

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