Reading Pals Needed

Volunteer Opportunities

We are asking our volunteers, community partners and sponsors to help us recruit Reading Pals for the upcoming school year. Please share this opportunity with your family, friends and colleagues to help us match at least 70 students this year.  Thank you for your continued support!

Reading Pals

Every Child A Reader in Escambia (ECARE) is seeking Reading Pal volunteers interested in working with four year old pre-kindergarten students in downtown Pensacola. The goal of this program is to help students build strong pre-literacy skills necessary for kindergarten success.   Volunteers are trained to effectively use themed literacy kits that engage children in age appropriate learning activities.  Mentor training and on-going support are provided to ensure a positive volunteer experience. A successful background check including a Level II security screening is required of all volunteers. Volunteers must be tobacco free. 


Volunteers will begin working by mid-September. A commitment of at least 45 minutes one day per week for the school year is requested.  Due to classroom schedules, volunteers are typically asked to work during the morning hours. Our greatest need is between the hours of 9:30 am and 11:30 am; however, afternoon hours may be available.

We understand that a weekly commitment can be a challenge.  We allow some flexibility to accommodate our volunteers’ personal and professional schedules; volunteers may change volunteer time or day when necessary and may work in teams of two if desired.

Reading Pal Locations

Global Learning Academy, 100 North P Street

Head Start- Gibson Center, 710 North C Street

Greater Little Rock Baptist Church Preschool, 901 North A Street

 Volunteer Trainings
Upcoming Trainings:  Wednesday, July 31stFriday, August 9th12:00-1:00pmLocation TBDFor a list of our current training dates, please visit Every Child A Reader in Escambia on Facebook or on Volunteer Match

About ECAREECARE is a business led and volunteer driven collaborative that mobilizes community stakeholders to drive overall birth to five early learning results.  It is our goal to build a strong foundation of students entering the education system ready to learn.

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