United Way To Hold Children’s Book Drive And Open House In Woodland On Big Day Of Giving

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SACRAMENTO (April 2022) – United Way California Capital Region is holding a children’s book drive and community open house at its Woodland office on Big Day of Giving as part of its efforts to raise awareness and funds for its STARS program that provides virtual reading tutoring to local students. The drive and open house will take place 8am-6pm on May 5 at 716 Main Street, Suite B, in Woodland. Light appetizers will be provided. United Way also is requesting financial donations to support the STARS program on Big Day of Giving. Donations can be scheduled in advance at BigDayofGiving.org/UnitedWayCCR. All donations will receive a 1:1 match from the California Capital Region Foundation.

               “We’re working to launch literacy in our region and would love to see Woodland residents come by to share their support and enthusiasm for reading or make a donation to STARS for Big Day of Giving,” said Dr. Dawnté Early, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “Reading is critical to success in school and life, but the pandemic has caused many students to fall farther behind, especially in communities with fewer resources. Now more than ever, kids need our support.”

United Way’s STARS, an acronym for Students and Tutors Achieving Reading Success, has 65 volunteers enrolled to work with nearly 100 students in Robla School District, CHOC housing sites in Yolo County and Woodland Joint Unified School District to provide online tutoring through the platform Book Nook so kids can reach grade level reading. Together, the tutor and student work through the literacy curriculum and build vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills through a variety of games, books and lessons provided in the online portal.

For nearly 100 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought local people together to make community change happen. With a mission to build stronger, healthier and more compassionate communities, the local United Way starts at square one: helping every family succeed so their community can too. Serving Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties, the local United Way is working to meet its 20-year commitment to significantly reduce poverty in the region by helping kids excel in school, investing in families, creating meaningful partnerships and organizing to lift impacted families. For more information or to make a donation: YourLocalUnitedWay.org.