United Way Readers Program
Imagine what your life would be like if you couldn't read.
Learning to read at a young age is the most important predictor of time high school graduation. That’s why helping students learn to read as a volunteer United Way Reader is so important. Last year, 200 students enrolled in our readers program and 95 percent of them improved their literacy skills. This year, more students in our community need you.
Become a United Way Reader
How the United Way Readers Program works:
As a United Way Reader, you will help more kids build the skills they need to do well in school and become successful adults. Each week, you’ll work one-on-one with a student.
You’ll read together and do educational activities, helping them improve their overall reading skills, and gain confidence in sounding out words and vocabulary.
Signing up is easy:
- Click here to sign up as a reader in Enfield, New Britain or Hartford
- Choose one day a week to volunteer for an hour from October-December 2015
- Attend an orientation the week of September 28 (locations and times TBD)
- Show up each week at your assigned school to read with the same student
Hear from Joan Ouellette, a United Way Reader from Aetna
"I really enjoy getting out and giving back to our community. My connection with Yamaris gives me a fresh perspective on life when returning to work."
United Way and its partners work to help children succeed in school and life through the United Way Readers Program. The is one part of United Way's role as a leader in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which is part of a national effort to involve the whole community – including volunteers – so all children stay on track in learning to read and read on grade level by the fourth grade.
Did you know?
Reading with kids is one of the best things you can do to help them learn to read and enjoy success in school. Students who read on grade level at the end of third grade are more successful in school, and more likely to graduate from high school on time.
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and its partners understands the importance of reading to young people and helping them succeed early in life so they are better prepared for the future. This program is one way we help hard-working ALICE households succeed by ensuring their children learn to read by the fourth grade.
For information about the United Way Readers Program and to sign up,
Please email us at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can't Commit to an Hour a Week? No Problem!
There are also one time volunteer opportunities to read to children in classrooms.
- Jumpstart's Read for the Record - October 22, 2015 - Click here to sign up!
- National Education Association's Read Across America Day - March 2, 2016
To learn more about these opportunities and plan ahead, please email Patrick Doyle. Be sure to ask about and stay tuned for more upcoming one-time volunteer reading opportunities!