Vello is a 1:1 online tutoring program that makes volunteering easy. It connects passionate professionals to local students for instant guided reading using screen sharing and audio software.



of students said that reading with a Vello volunteer made them feel a lot more excited about learning.

Vision for Vello

Every K – 3rd grade student in need has a team of United Way volunteers and a community of supporters invested in their success. A child sitting at a computer inside their classroom together with a virtual volunteer will make a world of difference in that child’s future.

56% of teachers

use Vello resources during daily instruction.

100% of teachers agree

or strongly agree that Vello improves the reading skills of students.

82% of volunteers agree

or strongly agreed Vello helped them make a positive impact.

Why is Vello important for the community?

Countless states have enacted legislation mandating students reach 3rd grade reading proficiency or risk being held back or remediated. Vello supports classrooms where students are most at risk of falling behind, connecting teams of volunteers to guide students in a virtual 1:1 setting. Research proves that 1:1 reading and a caring adult will help students become better readers.

Why is Vello important for modern volunteerism?

Volunteers tell us that the biggest barriers to volunteering are flexibility in scheduling and logistics. Vello provides an easy way to volunteer; anywhere with an Internet connection.  Vello creates a simple method for local companies to build personal relationships with schools and individual students.

How does Vello work?

Tutor teams of 15-25 volunteers organize within a local workplace and United Way matches their team to a local classroom where they will provide 5-7 students with 1:1 tutoring. The entire classroom receives a personalized e-library with teacher instructional resources.   Check out

Teachers use the Vello Portal to set up student availability, while volunteers utilize the Portal to prepare for tutoring with a background check, self-guided training, and self-scheduling. It’s that easy!

Students take a seat at the Vello classroom computer station and volunteers link to the classroom via Zoom screen share and audio. In a virtual, 1:1 setting, students and volunteers read and complete activities to build fluency, comprehension, and other foundational reading skills.

Vello Volunteer Application


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United Way of East TN Highlands fights for the education of our community by partnering with programs that work to ensure that children and teens have access to the materials, instruction and support they need to be successful students.

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