2017 Day of Action

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By mobilizing River Region volunteers on Day of Action each June, United Way improves the quality of life for everyone through efforts focused on health, education, financial stability and basic needs. This year, the River Region United Way is focused on education and will be joining forces with E. T. Davis Elementary to assist with a Summer Reading Camp set for June 19-22, 2017, at the school.

Education is one of the most important building blocks for a good life. Unfortunately, too many children from low-income families do not have many opportunities to strengthen their reading skills, which stymies their education. The purpose of this project is three-fold:

  • To provide opportunities for children to develop a love for reading
  • To foster parent/child interaction and parental involvement by encouraging parents to read with their children
  • To improve reading retention for K-5 students returning to school after summer break, when many reading skills are lost because they are not practiced.

We're recuiting more than one hundred volunteers to assist school staff with children’s activities at the summer reading camp. Volunteers will help with fun activities including scavenger hunts for library treasurers, character parades where children can wear costumes of their favorite characters, “Book BINGO” with authors and books, one-one-one reading, timed readings at the “Book Buffet,” storytelling and craft projects.

There are 13 90-minute volunteer shifts available between 8am and noon each day. 30 volunteers are needed for each shift, and volunteers can sign up for just one shift or as many volunteer shifts as they would like. Individuals and groups are encouraged to register.

How can YOU help with this year's Day of Action events? Simply click the red button, below, and then take a look at the activity list, sign up for those which interest you and best fit your schedule. It's that easy!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Robert and Toni Bader Foundation and support from Scholastic, Inc., we will provide each student with a backpack filled with books of their very own -- books they can share with siblings and other family members, encouraging parental/guardian involvement in each child’s education.

 

With Special Thanks to Our Partners

     

      


 

And here's a peek at last year's Day Of Action project...

2016 DAY OF ACTION

Left photo: Bernice Oliver and Priscilla Duncan were two of the 166 volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors. Right photo: Ryan Callicot (from left), Susanne Trest, Josh Carter, Nichole Goff and Jodi Montalvo, all with Wynlakes Country Club, delivered meals.

To see more photos from the 2016 Day Of Action project, click here.

The 2016 Day Of Action project benefited 366 area senior citizens who were on a waiting list for the Meals On Wheels program operated by the Montgomery Area Council On Aging (MACOA), one of RRUW's 40+ affiliate agencies. These seniors are at or below the poverty line and have little or no family support. Few have opportunities for nutritionally-balanced meals.

The 2016 Day of Action Frozen Food Project began with volunteers helping to package food prepared by the Courthouse Café and by Wind Creek Hospitality's "Good to Go" food truck at the Montgomery Area Council On Aging (MACOA). The meals were frozen and then on the Day Of Action, 166 volunteers delivered the frozen meals to the 366 seniors on MACOA’s waiting list for Meals On Wheels.

More than just meals were provided. Each senior received information about 2-1-1, a program funded by the River Region United Way. If and when they have a special need, they're now aware of this information and referral service that can help address their needs.

If you're interested in learning more about future days of service like these, call Ann Cooper, V.P. of Community Impact, at 334-323-2504. To learn more about United Way's many other volunteer opportunities, click here.