United Way Recruits Volunteer Readers, Tutors, or Mentors As Part of June 21 Day of Action


(Rockford, IL - 6/10/2014) – On June 21, communities around the world will participate in the seventh annual United Way Day of Action to create action and awareness in education, income and health. Held on the longest day of the year, United Way of Rock River Valley will rally the community to make a tangible impact on education with a call to action for individuals to pledge to be a volunteer reader, tutor, and mentor.

For the next generation, a college degree or post-secondary training will be crucial. And yet, an average of 7,000 kids leave high school in the U.S. Many families either lack the time or the education themselves to help their children. But, research proves that caring volunteers working with students of all ages have the power to help young children boost academic achievement.

Through Day of Action, volunteers will have the opportunity to connect with local programs such as United Way I READ, which matches volunteer reading mentors with kindergarten students to help them achieve literacy goals by fourth grade, and The Literacy Council One-on-One Tutoring, which connects tutors with adults to improve their literacy levels.

United Way invites the community to take the pledge by visiting www.wevolunteer.org.

United Way Day of Action is an annual event on June 21 when United Ways throughout the world harness the power of volunteers to positively change communities. It is a strategic volunteer engagement initiative which provides meaningful, impact-oriented service opportunities for individuals and groups to advance our goals in education, income, and health. In 2013, 336 United Ways on six continents participated in Day of Action.


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.