Read United

Our READ UNITED initiative consists of three programs currently serving students of Goshen, Elkhart, Prairie Heights, Lakeland, and Westview School Corporations.

Real Mentors Read

(formerly Real Men Read)

Share your leadership skills, career, interests, and love of learning with local children!

  • Weekly sessions held in October and November
  • Approximately 30 minutes per week reading with a classroom and interacting with local schoolchildren

Reading Camps

One-on-one reading help with struggling students in January and February.  Reading Camp kids need a little extra help and individual attention to catch up to their peers.

Spring Into Reading

Share your leadership skills, career, interests, and love of learning with local children!

  • Weekly sessions held in April and May
  • Approximately 30 minutes per week reading with a classroom and interacting with local schoolchildren

 

To view open volunteer opportunities, visit our volunteer portal:

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When children succeed, we all win.

Reading is a critical bridge to success in school, work and life.  Until third grade, children are generally learning to read; by fourth grade, however, they should be reading to learn.  At the fourth grade level, coursework gets harder and reading becomes more challenging.  Students who don't read well have increasing difficulty keeping up- which can lead to bad grades, disengaging from school, and dropping out.

That's why United Way is creating and  leading supportive efforts to help young kids build a strong foundation. 

 

Volunteer testimonial:

Esra’s 2nd grade student reading buddy bolts down the hallway as soon as he sees him.

“Suddenly the worries and stresses in my life go out the window,” says Esra. “Volunteering and seeing the work that United Way is doing from the inside has been remarkable and I am honored to be able to add to the work that is happening in our community.”

“When I sit back and think about how many other volunteers are doing the same work alongside me, the impact is immeasurable. Our students aren’t just becoming better readers, they are learning confidence, critical thinking, problem solving, and the list goes on and on.”

“My husband and I LOVE being plugged into all of the wonderful, positive things happening and are looking forward to starting a family someday soon. I am so thankful to know that someday my children and all of their peers will have access to the programs that United Way is establishing.”

 

 


For more information please contact:

Jill Yoder, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

574.295.1650 - yoderj@crossroadsuw.org