Volunteers In Proficiency (VIP)

A Small Time Commitment with a Large Impact

Volunteers in Proficiency (VIP) is a literacy program that pairs volunteers with struggling elementary school students reader who would benefit greatly from practice with a caring adult. VIP’s goal is to increase children’s success in school and foster a love of reading, because reading proficiently by the end of third grade is a predictor of high school graduation and life success. In the Cedar Rapids Metro area, more than one in four students do not read proficiently at the end of third grade.

VIP Schools

In collaboration with Cedar Rapids School District, College Community School District, and Reading into Success, United Way of East Central Iowa launched VIP to help students at the following schools achieve reading proficiency: