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Bergen READS

Reading with Enjoyment Assurance Dedication and Success

In 2019 the Jewish Federation of New Jersey had to pause the Bergen Reads program. In an effort to continue the program's legacy, Bergen Volunteers adopted the program. Since then we have supported 300+ students offering them reading support to achieve academic success.

Bergen READS combats illiteracy in Bergen County by training Reading Buddies to work one on one with students in grades K-4. Reading Buddies serve as tutors, advocates, friends and mentors, meeting individually with students each week. Buddies help elementary public schools students enjoy and improve their reading skills in a comfortable and friendly environment.

Volunteers for this program must be 18 and older. Volunteers work with students at their scheduled time during the school day, Monday - Friday 9:00am - 2:30pm.


Are you interested in reading with students? Before you sign up, please consider the following:

  • The program runs from October through June (coinciding with the school year).

  • Participating elementary schools are in Teaneck and Hackensack.

  • You would be assigned one school and either 2 or 3 students that you meet with each week on the same day, at the same time. The students are the same each week.

  • The weekly commitment is one hour.

  • All volunteers MUST complete a criminal background check and fingerprinting (done in Garfield). The schools will reimburse the volunteers. Details to follow - do not get fingerprinted now.

  • If you do significant traveling during October through June, then this is not the right volunteer opportunity for you.

  • All volunteers must complete one in-person training session at our office in Hackensack.


If you are interested and can commit to the requirements above, please fill out the Volunteer Application by clicking here:

For more information contact Lisa Tredici

201.489-9454 - ext. 208

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