Saturday, June 21: United Way Family Book Festival Inspires Life-Long Learners
Every year on June 21, volunteers from across the country and world participate in United Way Day of Action. This past Saturday, volunteers took action locally by making change happen in one day at United Way's Family Book Festival in downtown Hartford.
At the Family Book Festival volunteers assisted children and families as they participated in fun literacy-related crafts and activities, received free books and information about summer learning opportunities. Books were generously donated through gifts to United Way, including our Emerging Leaders Society's fundraising efforts and Read. Learn. Succeed. signature bookplate fundraiser. More than 70 volunteers invested their time in making the event a success, thanks to efforts lead by United Way's Emerging Leaders Society members and individuals from local workplaces.
The event raised awareness about the importance of continuing to read and learn during the summer when lower-income children tend to lose two months of education, contributing to an achievement gap amongst their peers.
The Family Book Festival is one example of how United Way mobilizes people to help children succeed in school and life. As the lead in Hartford's Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, United Way, with partners, volunteers and generous contributors, ensure that children continue to learn throughout the summer and enter school ready to learn, and work to improve school attendance.
Our United Way is proud to be one of many to team up with the Corporation for National and Community Service to bring the talent and commitment of AmeriCorps VISTA - Volunteers In Service To America - to help students across the country succeed in low-performing schools. Check out the blog on United Way Worldwide's website.
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut serves the 40-town region by mobilizing people and organizations to give, advocate and volunteer to help children succeed, ensure families are healthy and financially secure, and provide access to basic needs.