Turning the page to reading success

The READ Association of Saginaw County is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to help students improve their reading skills and discover the joys of reading. We accomplish this by providing multiple volunteer opportunities through the following programs.

READ Youth Literacy Mentor Program

The Mentor Program involves mentors spending one hour per week working with two students from kindergarten thru third grade for 30 minutes each from October thru May. Duringthis time, mentors serve as a positive role model, practice reading skills, provide an encouraging environment to promote the job of reading, and discuss potential long-term life goals as well as how it connects to the need to learn to read. Three times per year, students are able to choose a free, high-interest books through their mentor to build their home library and encourage reading outside of school. There are up to 30 locations and multiple time frames to choose from to volunteer. Digital Mentoring opportunities are also available. No experience is required to mentor students but a one-hour training session, manual, books and supplies are provided.

Raising Readers Academy

Raising Readers Academy is an intervention program designed to bring families together to enhance reading skill awareness, practice, support, and child advocacy by focusing on at-risk families with children in grades PreK-3. This program provides incentive-based parent education, family-centered activities, and ideas for extended interaction in the home environment. Online sessions are provided as needed and meals are available at face-to-face meetings. The 6-12 week course is held one day/evening per week for 1.5 hrs. per session. Parents can call the READ Office at 989-755-8402 for session availability or click on the following link: http://tinyurl.com/yczgcxmg.


By partnering with schools, nursing homes, and STARS (Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services) the READ Association provides opportunities for children to read to residents by practicing reading skills as well as forming intergenerational bonds. Five schools travel by STARS buses to five nursing homes on a weekly basis from October thru May to share the joy of reading through picture books, interactive conversations, and special connections.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities or involvement with any of these programs, please call the READ Office at 989-755-8402 or email cpape@readsaginaw.org.

Online Donations

The READ Association of Saginaw County offers you the opportunity to donate funds using a credit card.




100 S. Jefferson  ·  Suite 203  ·  Saginaw, MI  48607  ·  Phone: 989.755.8402  ·  Fax: 989.755.8404