• Get Involved with Day of Action


    Get Involved and Volunteer for Day of Action on Monday, June 23rd

    United Way's community-wide volunteer event, Day of Action, is focused on addressing summer reading loss. By providing low-income students with access to books, United Way hopes to encourage reading and enhance literacy over the summer months. But we need your help!

    Volunteer for June 23rd Impact Projects

    To encourage reading and foster literacy in children, volunteers can participate in fun, interactive games and activities with youth. Volunteers will also help distribute books collected throughout April and May directly to all the students. There are many local partners and projects to choose from, like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Schools & Communities: Together for Tomorrow, Harbor House, Winter Park Day Nursery and more!


    Interested in hosting a book drive or have questions about volunteering? Contact Matthew Blood at matthew.blood@hfuw.org or call (407) 849-2372.
    Quick Facts on Summer Reading Loss:

    * Students can lose up to 25% of their reading level over the summer.

    * Reading just four books over the summer can prevent the summer slide, and can actually increase reading levels.

    *Price is the number one barrier to book ownership .

    *A recent study found that in middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of age-appropriate books is 13 books for every child, while in low-income neighborhoods, it’s 1 book for every 300 children.

    * A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22% of the school year.

    * It’s common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer, eliminating a month that could have been spent on new information.

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