United Way Announces Volunteer Recruitment Goal

May 23, 2011  //  United Way

3,348 Readers, Tutors and Mentors

United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County is making history. “This is a historic moment for United Way, stated Brad Hedrick, 2011 President of the United Way Board. Not only are we setting an ambitious fundraising goal, but we are also setting a goal to increase the number of readers, tutors and mentors in our community.”

Following the lead of United Way Worldwide’s goal of recruiting one million mentors over the next three years, United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County has committed to finding readers, tutors and mentors in the community to support youth and help them succeed.

“Increasing the number of positive adults that serve as volunteer readers, tutors and mentors will help improve the academic achievement and graduation rate for Lincoln Public Schools,” stated T.J. McDowell, Lincoln Public Schools, Graduation Initiative Coordinator.

United Way’s goal is to recruit 3,348 local volunteers. This breaks down to 94 readers, 739 tutors and 2,515 mentors who are needed to work with youth in United Way funded agencies.

  • A reader promotes language and literacy skills for beginning readers by reading aloud with children one-on-one or in a group setting. Commitment: short- to long-term opportunity with a set end-date.
  • A tutor works one-on-one or in small groups with children and youth to help them complete class assignments, develop social/emotional skills or support them in a specific goal. Commitment: short- to long-term opportunity with an educational or social goal and set end-date.
  • A mentor devotes time to a young person to help guide them through any number of situations, achieve their potential, and discover their strengths. Commitment: long-term relationship with individual or small group with no set end-date; mentor training.

To get involved, please contact United Way at 402.441.7700 or info@unitedwaylincoln.org.