Get Involved

Donate. Sponsor. Tutor.

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When you Get Involved with SLD Read,
you make reading possible too!

Donate

SLD Read is a non-profit serving West Michigan by providing assistance with dyslexia and other literacy challenges. You can get involved by donating funds, time or resources to make reading possible!

Donate Funds

By Phone

Call us at 269.345.2661 or 616.361.1182 to donate. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express.

By Mail

Send your contribution to:
SLD Read
Financial Office
5250 Lovers Lane
Suite LL100
Kalamazoo, MI 49002

Online

If your donation is in honor or memory of someone, please be sure to include the name and address of the person, family or organization to whom we should send an acknowledgment.

Select SLD Read as Your Cause at GoodShop

When shopping online, do so through the Goodshop.com shopping portal. With every purchase you make at any of 5,000+ retailers, Goodshop will donate funds to SLD Read, as long as you enter those retail sites through their portal! While you are helping others learn to read or overcome other reading challenges, Goodshop will give you money-saving deals on items such as party dresses from Saks Fifth Avenue, basketball shoes from Reebok and towels from Macy’s. Sign up and select SLD Read to start shopping, saving, and giving the gift of literacy!

Select SLD Read as Your Cause on Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to SLD Read!

SLD Read Next Generation Fund

The SLD Read Endowment Fund was created to help individuals in becoming strong readers and to empower educators to become the best teachers possible. An investment in the SLD Read Next Generation Fund is for donors who want to make a long-term investment in SLD Read’s work and mission by empowering our next generations to succeed.

To learn more about legacy gifts or the SLD Read Endowment fund, contact Maura Race at mrace@sldread.org or 616.361.1182.

Donate Time

You can also get involved by donating your time as a tutor or at an SLD Read event!

Volunteer as a Tutor

Volunteer Tutors work with SLD Read students through our traditional tutoring program (see Tutor for SLD Read) or through our community supported Language Links program. Tutors provide a valuable service by donating their time to help those struggling with dyslexia or other literacy challenges in their communities in West Michigan.

Language Links

Language Links is a community funded partnership between SLD Read and a school community. Volunteers are trained and supported to provide individualized, one-to-one multi-sensory instruction in reading, writing and spelling for at-risk readers in first, second and third grades. Current programs support schools in KalamazooPortageGrand RapidsWyomingBig Rapids Public Schools and Crossroads Charter Academy in Big Rapids.

To volunteer in Kalamazoo County, contact Heidi Turchan in our the Kalamazoo office at 269.345.2661 or hturchan@sldRead.org.

To volunteer in Kent County, contact Monica Crumback in our Grand Rapids office at 616.361.1182 or mcrumback@sldread.org.

To volunteer in Big Rapids, contact Suzanne Finney at 231.592.9605 or sfinney@sldread.org.

To volunteer in Battle Creek, contact Judy VanZanten at 269.964.3395 or jvanzanten@sldead.org.

SLD Read Events

SLD Read hosts events of many sizes and you can donate your time by attending or volunteering at an event. Our largest annual events include Bringing Literacy to Life 

Upcoming Events: Bringing Literacy to Life 2017

For more information on attending SLD Read events, visit our Calendar of Events.

For more information on volunteering at an event, contact Maura Race at mrace@sldread.org in our Grand Rapids office or Carol McGlinn at cmcglinn@sldread.org in our Kalamazoo office.

All of SLD Read’s services and programs are provided through community support through not only donations but also through our multiple levels of sponsorship to support individuals, schools, and communities!

Sponsor an Individual

You can sponsor a reader by establishing a scholarship, attending or hosting an SLD Read event, Workplace Giving or through Corporate Matching Grants.

Sponsor a School

You can sponsor a school, or even a district, and impact the lives of students, teachers, and parents, by underwriting a workshoptraining course or a program like Language Links.

Sponsor a Community

You can sponsor a community by underwriting a workshop or attending SLD Read events.

Become a Tutor

Tutoring is the backbone of the SLD Read mission. We currently have over 140 tutors in 18 West Michigan counties and requests for our services are increasing every day. If you are interested in part-time employment and want to make reading possible, consider becoming an SLD Read Tutor!

Tutor Training

Phonics Fundamentals© for Tutors is the base of our training options and is a beginning level training course in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Phonics Fundamentals© for Tutors is offered at both of our office locations multiple times throughout the year. Enrollment in the training course requires an interview and is dependent upon course availability.

Read more about Phonics Fundamentals for Tutors!

Tutor Qualifications

Potential tutors for SLD Read have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), background clearance through the Michigan State Police and Department of Human Services, and have successfully completed SLD Read’s Phonics Fundamentals © training course. After training, potential tutors complete an internship with an SLD Read Master Tutor before he/she is placed independently with students. Continuing education of tutors is implemented through additional training classes, required monthly in-service meetings, and local professional conferences.

To request an interview or further information, please contact:

Battle Creek Area:  Judy VanZanten @ 269.964.3395 or jvanzanten@sldread.org.

Grand Rapids Area:  Monica Crumback at 616.361.1182 or mcrumback@sldread.org.

Kalamazoo Area:  Heidi Turchan at 269.345.2661 or hturchan@sldread.org.

Mecosta-Osceola Area:  Suzanne Finney at 231.592.9605, ext. 33 or sfinney@sldread.org.

Other Job Openings

Learn more about other opportunities at Work at SLD Read.