Through the partnership of United Way Worldwide and Scholastic, United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County has been selected to receive nearly 4,000 books to further support ongoing literacy efforts in the Lincoln community. Nearly 3,000 of these books will be distributed to United Way funded partners in the Lincoln and Lancaster County community by volunteers on October 31, 2019.
“Being selected to receive these books is very exciting for our community,” said Linda Robinson Rutz, the board president of United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County. “This is just one example of United Way’s commitment to supporting literacy for all children in our community.”
One of the largest predictors of graduation occurs at the end of third grade when students are measured for reading proficiency. Students who are at or above grade level at this early juncture are more likely to graduate on time, and one of the ways to achieve that is to facilitate reading at home. This starts with books and helping all children have access to them at home.
“We are fortunate to be given the opportunity to receive these books from United Way. The books will positively impact the development of children in our early childhood programs, and by supporting literacy at this early age, we’ll be positioning our students for long-term success,” said Vi See, executive director at Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties.
United Way supports 41 nonprofit organizations in the Lincoln and Lancaster County community that provide services under United Way’s pillars of Education, Income and Health. Funded partners provide varying services, such as supporting those fleeing domestic violence, delivering quality before- and after- school programs, and providing healthy meals and food to those who face hunger. In addition to this book distribution, United Way, along with its supported nonprofits, promote literacy in the community through a variety of different events. United Way supports youth by championing events such as Jump Start to Kindergarten, Day of Action, Day of Caring, Season of Service and the Read Aloud Partnership with the Allstate Women in Network group. To learn more about United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County, visit unitedwaylincoln.org or call 402.441.7700.