LAFAYETTE — The United Way of Acadiana seeks volunteers willing to help young students in Lafayette and Acadia Parish improve their reading skills.

The nonprofit agency has launched a “United Way Readers” program with trainings offered on Oct. 24 — from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at its offices at 215 E. Pinhook Road for Lafayette volunteers and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Ross Elementary, 1809 W. Hutchinson Ave. in Crowley.

Interested volunteers commit to provide “much-needed reading practice time in conjunction with classroom teachers” for one hour a week for a 10-week time period,” according to the United Way of Acadiana.

In Lafayette Parish, volunteer opportunities are available in grades K-5 from 7:25 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following schools: Katherine Drexel, S.J. Montgomery, Evangeline Elementary, Woodvale, Live Oak, Broadmoor, Charles Burke, Carencro Heights, Ridge Elementary, Westside Elementary, J.W. Faulk, Ossun Elementary, Truman Montessori, Duson Elementary or Prairie Elementary.

In Acadia Parish, volunteer opportunities are available in grades one and two from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at Ross Elementary in Crowley.

To register for the Oct. 24 training or for more information, visit:

Click on the blue “Volunteer” tab on the left and then select “Education Volunteer Opportunities” at the bottom of the page.