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Early grade reading is the key to academic achievement. United Way is working to support the education of all children in our communities.

Our Reading Success AmeriCorps Program provides literacy tutoring to children in kindergarten through third grade at service sites in Clarendon, Lee, and Sumter Counties.

Individuals commit to a one-year term of service by becoming a member of the AmeriCorps Program engaging in small group and one-on-one tutoring. The program aims to help struggling readers improve their literacy skills.

For information on how you can get involved, Pamela Buddin at or call 803-773-7935 ext. 102.

Join AmeriCorps

We are recruiting individuals who are committed to serving their community by becoming a member of the AmeriCorps Program. Members provide small group and one-on-one literacy tutoring to students in kindergarten through third grade in Clarendon, Lee and Sumter Counties.

About AmeriCorps Members

AmeriCorps members are dynamic, engaging individuals who commit to intensive service in their community by helping students succeed in school. In the Reading Success Program, members are 18 years or older with some college education or a retiree and serve 10 to 20 hours per week for one year.

Member activities include:

  • plan structured and meaningful tutoring activities

  • implement one-on-one and small group tutoring

  • attend regular training and professional development

  • collaborate with staff to monitor student progress

  • serve as a positive role model to students

  • report on student contacts

  • create and manage a schedule to ensure all students receive appropriate hours

  • participate in two community service projects

*specific duties vary across program sites

Member requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older with High School Diploma or GED

  • Must have reliable transportation

  • Must commit to 10 to 20 hours per week

  • Must pass a criminal background check including FBI fingerprinting

Service Sites


Clarendon County

  • Dr. Rose Wilder Elementary

  • Manning Primary

  • Manning Early Childhood Center

  • Paxville CDC

  • Summerton Early Childhood Center

Lee County
  • Lower Lee Elementary

  • West Lee Elementary

Sumter County
  • Cherryvale Elementary

  • Crosswell Drive Elementary

  • H.Y.P.E. Afterschool Program

  • Kingsbury Elementary

  • Lemira Elementary

  • Nursing Back 2 Life

  • Oakland Primary

  • R.E. Davis Elementary

  • Willow Drive

  • Ragin Academy

  • Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club

  • Shaw Heights Elementary

  • Sumter County Community Centers

  • YMCA


Community Partners
  • Clarendon County School District

  • Lee County School District

  • Sumter County School District

  • Central Carolina Technical College

Make a difference, join today!

You can apply online, click here

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a national service program designed to strengthen citizenship and the ethic of service by engaging thousands of Americans on a full-time or part-time basis to help communities to address their toughest challenges. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) administers AmeriCorps at the federal level and works in partnership with states to develop service programs and create a community-based national service network. The United Way Association of South Carolina (UWASC) is the administrative agent for South Carolina's AmeriCorps.

Through their direct service and the volunteers they mobilize, AmeriCorps members meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve in nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. Since 1994, more than 7,000 South Carolina AmeriCorps members have provided needed assistance to underserved South Carolina residents. In return, AmeriCorps members receive a small living stipend and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans.

For more information about AmeriCorps, click here

National Service

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 21,000 locations across the country.  These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.  Since 1994, more than 980,000 Americans have provided more than 1.3 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps.

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.  For more information, visit

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