This year marks the sixth annual United Way Day of Action, and Salina Area United Way's first year of participation!
We are hosting a nationally registered project.
What we are doing
We have 35 volunteers going to 9 sites to read to almost 450 kids!
The Free Summer Lunch Program provided by USD 305 is letting our volunteers join the kids at lunch on Friday, June 21 to read to them and encourage summer reading.
What’s the impact of United Way Day of Action?
United Way Day of Action 2011 by the numbers:
- 258 communities representing all fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico participated.
- 1,235 project sites were facilitated by United Ways—nearly three times as 2010
- 242,680 individuals benefited from the activities of United Way Day of Action
- More than 250,000 items were donated and distributed on United Way Day of Action
- Nearly 50 Global Corporate Leadership companies participated in multiple cities across the U.S.
Impact in Education
Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. In America, more than 1.2 million children drop out of high school annually creating an education crisis costing billions of dollars. At United Way Day of Action 2011 we launched a three-year goal to recruit one million volunteer readers, tutors and mentors to help improve the academic success of young people across America. Join us- click here to pledge to be one of those readers, tutors, or mentors!
This one million goal sounds pretty cool, right? If we all join together we can be part of a greater movement to better the next generation of thinkers, movers, and leaders. Check out the one million flyer to learn more!
Through initiatives like Day of Action, United Way is making dramatic improvements across the nation by focusing on the building blocks for a good quality of life- education, income and health. Our 10-year program is designed to achieve the following goals by 2018:
- Improve education, and cut the number of high school dropouts- 1.2 million students, every year- in half.
- help people achieve financial stability, and get 1.9 million working families- half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable- on the road to economic independence.
- Promote healthy lives, and increase by one third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.
What you can do
Take the pledge online to count towards the one million goal- and follow through! Do you have a neighbor, cousin, niece or nephew who could use someone like you? Volunteer to read with them and interact afterwards. Maybe you read 'Green Eggs and Ham'- why not try to cook breakfast? Maybe you read 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie'- take a trip to the animal shelter! There are all sorts of ways to get engaged in yoru own backyard. Ask questions about the story you just read together, and what the child would do in a given situation. For more tips on reading and reading activities, click here!
*A very big thank you to our volunteers, staff, the Salina Public Library, and USD 305 for helping us put this day together!