Reading Friends

Invest Your Time in the Future of our Community: Become a Reading Friend! 

Did you know that children who can't read on grade level by the end of third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school? Help us improve early literacy rates in children throughout Lebanon County as a volunteer in our fun, new program! As a Reading Friend, volunteers get to work with children in their classrooms both one-on-one and in small groups, depending on the needs within the classroom and those of the individual students. 

"The most satisfying community service task I have ever done," says one of our volunteers following his first experience where he read one-on-one with 12 first-graders. 

Interested in how to become a Reading Friend with United Way?

Because our Reading Friends are working with children during the school day in their classrooms in our public schools, volunteers are REQUIRED to complete certain clearances before they can sign up to participate. Fill out the following info, and we'll be back in touch to provide more information about the program!