Learn about our Education Initiative - United We Read
United Way works to end America’s education crisis
Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes. These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.
By most measures, the local education system is very good to great. But about 10% of 4th graders score below Proficient in reading – far too many. 11 of 25 local schools scored below the 60th percentile in a recent state ranking of school performance.
Char-Em United Way Literacy Corps Launched
Char-Em United Way has launched our new “Literacy Corps” to recruit 150 volunteers to read to, mentor and tutor local kids over the next three years. We’ll target early grade literacy to give kids the best start possible toward a successful life.
For more information or to volunteer, please visit our Literacy Corps webpage.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
We launched the Imagination Libary project in August 2012, providing free books to kids from birth to age five. Register a child, volunteer, or make a donation to help support the project. Read more.
Day of Action
Participate in childhood literacy on the longest day of the year. Read more
Stuff the Bus Event
Each August Char-Em United Way conducts a school supply drive inviting the community to help "stuff the bus" - teachers spend on average $500 a year, and often more, to supply students with the material they need.