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AARP Foundation Experience Corps Portland, OR


Experience Corps Portland is a proud AmeriCorps program.

AARP Foundation Experience Corps is an intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program that is proven to help children who aren’t reading at grade level become great readers by the end of third grade. We inspire and empower adults 50 and older to serve in their community and disrupt the cycle of poverty by making a lasting difference in the lives of America’s most vulnerable children.

The Experience Corps model is a proven intervention with measurable benefits for students, as well as positive mental and physical health benefits for volunteers who participate. By helping young students become better readers, Experience Corps seeks to ensure a lasting legacy of strong futures, supported schools and empowered volunteers.

AARP Foundation Experience Corps Portland is hosted by Metropolitan Family Service. The program creates opportunities for older adults to take part in vital public and community service. Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) invests in individuals and families that struggle with the many barriers associated with cultural and economic disparities, including inadequate education, health issues, isolation, unemployment and poverty. MFS focuses on creating opportunities for children to succeed in their families, in school and in the community by providing result-oriented programs in a safe environment, as well as in supporting older adults to help them maintain their independence and connections to the community through meaningful volunteer opportunities such as Experience Corps. 

Program Launch: 1995

Program Data (2014 – 2015 school year)

  • Students served: 1,992
  • Volunteer tutors: 50
  • Tutoring hours: 9,703
  • Schools/Centers served: 10

Program Impact

In the 2014 – 2015 school year:

  • 93% of teachers reported that Experience Corps volunteer tutors had a moderate or strong influence on student reading and literacy performance
  • 90% of participating students showed a reduction in disruptive behavior
  • 62% of participating students demonstrated improved attendance


Program Coordinator
Jessica McLaren
Metropolitan Family Service
503-232-0007, ext. 217


Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator
Deborah Shimkus
Metropolitan Family Service
503-232-0007, ext. 222