United Way Services of Geauga County is rallying volunteers throughout the community on June 23rd for a Day of Action, an annual event that mobilizes the caring power of volunteers to make a meaningful impact in communities around the world.
Volunteers will gather at United Way Services of Geauga County, 209 Center Street in Chardon, to work on projects to help low-income children by focusing on literacy in our community. A critical aspect of a child’s success depends on learning how to read. A child with limited access to books may not have the opportunity to develop the skills to become an engaged reader.
“Upper and middle-income kids are at an advantage because their families can afford academic enrichments and their homes are usually filled with books. While low-income families do not have the access to these resources making it very hard for low-income youth to keep up,” said Kimm Leininger, Executive Director, United Way Services of Geauga County. “With the projects on the Day of Action we are making efforts toward bridging the gap by making sure all children have access to books.” Increasing access to books and summer learning – and working with schools, summer programs, employers and other nonprofits – is part of United Way’s strategy to help kids succeed in school, work and life.
Day of Action activities include a breakfast kick off at 8:00 am followed by volunteer projects and an after party lunch where volunteers will celebrate their accomplishments. Projects offered include;
Building Little Free Libraries, Summer Backpack Assembly, Snuggle Up for Bed Time Kit Assembly and a Book Sort (offsite at Caritas Financial in Chesterland).
United Way invites members of the community to participate in this event by registering as an individual, as a group/team, or by becoming a sponsor. Go to United Way Services of Geauga County or contact [email protected] for more information and to register or sponsor.
United Way Services of Geauga County unites people and resources to improve the quality of life in our community by collaborating with local stakeholders to address community needs and providing support to local agencies. Our vision is to measurably improve the self-sufficiency of individuals and families in Geauga County.