In the State of Wisconsin, 49% of youth do not read at a proficient level. In an effort to promote literacy and put books into the hands of those children in need, the Emerging Leaders launched the Emerging Readers program. This program provides a simple opportunity for busy individuals or families to make an impact in the life of a child at one of our local partner agencies by sharing the joy of reading and opening worlds of possibilities.
United Way will match you with a child in programming at one of our partner agencies. You will create a book package for that child and drop it off at United Way offices four times this year. Reading packages are 2-3 new or like-new books, notes of encouragement or book reviews, and other items to accompany your reading selections. United Way will deliver the packages to agencies for distribution to child participants.
Book packages are due on the following dates
- October 25, 2019
- December 6, 2019
- February 7, 2020
- April 17, 2020
Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now closed, however due to volunteers moving, kids joining the program, etc. additional volunteers may be needed throughout the school year. Contact John Renaud via email or at 414.263.8187 if you're interested in joining the volunteer waitlist.
In addition, you can:
- Search for more literacy-related volunteer opportunities on Volunteers United
- Consider donating new or gently used children's books to United Way to supplement this program
Last year, 215 children were matched with 150 United Way volunteers. Children who received books were ages 1-12 and participated in programming at the following partner agencies: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Milwaukee, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, COA Youth & Family Centers, Penfield Children's Center, and the United Community Center.
Since its inception, this program has provided 12,500 books to 1,000 youth in the Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha community!
Contact John Renaud via email or at 414.263.8187 with any questions.