United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley knows that children who read at or above grade-level are more likely to succeed in school and in life. This is especially critical in the third grade, when children transition from learning to read to reading to learn. To improve grade level reading, United Way launched READ UNITED at the start of the 2017 school year.
READ UNITED matches community and corporate volunteers with third graders to help them get on track with grade-level literacy. Our first Read United school partner was Mount Olive Intermediate School in Fort Mitchell. This program began in September 2017 with 43 volunteers reading to 26 students. Volunteers served one hour per week or alternated weeks with a “reading volunteer buddy.” Students received intervention twice each week.
What do Read United Volunteers do?
- Have a passion to help children learn
- Commit to a flexible schedule that allows volunteering during the work day (8:40 am-10:55 am)
- Are able to commit to one hour per week (volunteers partner with a buddy)
- Remain consistent (children are counting on their volunteer)
READ UNITED’s volunteer spots are full for the Spring 2018 session. For more information, contact Jennifer St John at (706) 327-3255 ext 211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Way funded after-school programs are still in need for reading volunteers. To find out more about those opportunities, visit our Volunteer Center.
A big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who participated in helping children read for during fall 2017! Here’s a small recap of some of the lives you have changed!