Summer Reading Program

Across the country, community volunteers are stepping up to read to students in efforts to stall the summer slide. Caring adults reading with kids of all ages - from the early years through high school - are boosting academic achievement together. United Way needs one million volunteer readers, tutors, and mentors to extend the momentum across the nation. Anyone with passion and commitment can help a young person achieve greater academic success. Volunteers CAN make the difference!

Again this year on the United Way Day of Action, we will have volunteers reading to kids at 9 locations during the free summer lunch program in partnership with USD 305, the Salina Public Library, Books-A-Million, and many local volunteers. Save the date for Friday, June 20 to be involved!

New this year SAUW is also in need of volunteers to read weekly during the free summer lunch program! Separate from the United Way Day of Action, this 8-week event will take place at Sunset and Schilling Elementary Schools. Volunteers will read with kids and then help pass out free books for the kids to take home. You can sign up to read once, twice, or all eight weeks!

Get involved! Click here and you will be taken to a short survey where you can pick and choose when, where, and how often you want to volunteer to read.

After you sign up with Salina Area United Way, you can join the movement across the nation! Just click here to enter a few details with United Way and pledge your support for America's youth!

Questions? Contact Ruth Vernon at or (785) 827-1312