On June 21, Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) is joining with United Ways across the nation to launch an ambitious, three-year effort to recruit one million volunteer readers, tutors and mentors to improve education and the success of our children.
As part of the local kick-off, HFUW is seeking volunteers to read to children during our annual Day of Action, also scheduled on June 21.
Meaningful opportunities to make a difference are planned at three summer program locations throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Volunteers are needed to read with children, ages six to eight, who are at a critical time in their educational development.
Early Reading Skills Predict Success
“Research shows that early reading skills greatly influence later achievement, including high-school graduation rates,” said Lorri Highet, Director of the United Way Volunteer Resource Center (VRC). “Giving children the support and resources they need to succeed in school and beyond is a major part of United Way’s focus on building a safer, healthier community.”
So far, employees from SunTrust, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and other companies have signed up to participate in Day of Action. Niemen Marcus, Fry Hammond Barr and Paychex are among the businesses that are sponsoring book drives to collect summer reading-list titles, which will be shared with children during the reading events.
“Sometimes kids just need someone who believes in them,” Highet said. “Volunteering, reading, tutoring or mentoring even just one hour a week can make a difference. If one million of us do it, we can change America.”
To learn more about Day of Action and sign up now, click here.