Read United

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


Due to COVID-19, our Read United programs are being held virtually.

All are invited to join our Virtual Volunteer Winter Reading Session!  Sign up via the Volunteer Interest Form below.






Real Men Read runs every October to November

Real Men Read places men from the community in classrooms to share their careers and love of learning with classes of children.


Reading Camps run every January to March

Reading Camps connect 1st-3rd grade students with volunteers to practice reading skills after school.  Reading Camp students need a little extra practice and attention to help lift their skills to grade level.


Spring Into Reading runs every April to May

Places community members in kindergarten and pre-K classrooms to share their lives, interests, and love of reading with our youngest learners.



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. 



For more information please contact:

Sharon Sarber at or 574-533-8631, ext. 2048

or Diane Lucchese at or 574-295-4870