Read to Success

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Read to Success is a third-grade reading program facilitated by Great Rivers United Way. The program is currently offered in 11 schools throughout United Way’s seven-county service region, and 58 students participate.

Designed with the educational needs of third-graders in mind, Read to Success pairs adult volunteers with young learners for improved reading scores and so much more. Studies show that children first learn to read, and only then can 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. For this reason, Read to Success tutors 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:
    • Caledonia
    • La Crosse
    • West Salem
  • Tutors meet with their students once a week for 60 minutes total (two 30-minute sessions, back to back) during the school day. Assignments are fixed term (one school year). 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 receive training, and should any issues arise, the program coordinator is a call or click away.

How to Apply

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


Please contact program coordinator Connor Glassen at or (608) 796-1400, ext. 107.

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