Volunteer for Vello

Vello is an innovative, 1:1 virtual volunteer reading program helping kids reach the critical goal of learning to read by 4th grade. Vello is a United Way program, presented by Wells Fargo that supports the Read by 4th Campaign.

The Challenge

By the start of the 2016-2017 school year, almost two thirds of children in Philadelphia entered the 4th grade unable to read at grade level. Fourth grade is the year when instruction shifts from learning to read to reading to learn. As a result, students who are not reading proficiently by the 4th grade may struggle in school and fall behind their peers.

Fortunately, research has shown that all children are capable of making great strides in their reading ability as long as they have support from adults inside and outside the classroom.

The Opportunity

As part of United Way’s Early Grade Literacy programming, Vello pairs teams of professionals and other volunteers with classrooms to provide safe, digital guided reading support. Together, students and volunteers read e-books using simple screen sharing and audio. With computer and internet access, Volunteers can complete their weekly 30-minute guided reading sessions from anywhere, making it easy to give back without leaving their work space. Vello also provides students with 24/7 access to an extensive 50,000 book RAZ-Plus e-library for themselves and their family members, helping form valuable reading habits in and out of the classroom.

Take a look at how Vello works. For more information, fill out an interest form or book an info session today!

How to Join

1. Fill out the interest form

See below. After completing this form, you will be sent an invitation to join Vello.

2. Complete your registration

After completing the interest form, you’ll receive an email that looks like this. Follow the instructions to get cleared and trained to start using Vello!

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