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United Way Days of Caring

Day of Caring is a mobilization of volunteers to celebrate the spirit of giving through service by providing a morning of meaningful volunteer opportunities to individuals of the community. Volunteers will be assigned to a local organization where they tackle meaningful volunteer projects. No matter what your interests or skills, there is an opportunity for you to get involved. Some projects may include painting a room, cleaning out a flowerbed, or sorting canned food.

United Way Day of Action 2017
On and around June 21, thousands of people in hundreds of communities across the world will volunteer with United Way to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.

This year, United Way is focusing on summer learning and nutrition. Summer is a critical time for children’s academic and physical well-being. But in too many communities, kids are falling behind in school and going hungry during the summer months.

Kids who don’t get academic enrichment during the summer forget what they learned during the school year, experiencing what’s known as the “summer slide.” Children from low-wage families slide a lot further. They start school in what is equivalent to two-months behind in math and three-months behind in reading compared to their peers. By middle school, they’ve lost two full years of learning. Middle-income kids don’t suffer the slide as much, because their families can afford summer camps and academic enrichments, and their homes are usually filled with books. In fact, sometimes their reading skills even increases over the summer. It all adds up, making it very hard for low-income youth to catch up. Experts say more than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.

Boosting summer learning- and working with schools, summer programs, employers and other nonprofits- is part of United Way’s strategy to help kids succeed in school, work and life.

United Way’s working in summer nutrition is part of our larger community impact strategy to help build stronger and healthier communities where everyone can thrive.