Volunteers Needed to Read with Local Children
United Way Quad Cities is looking for volunteers to read with schoolchildren who need to catch up after the pandemic.
President and CEO, Rene Gellerman, says COVID-19 has created gaps in literacy for children in Rock Island and Scott county schools. Local studies have found 30% of third-grade students meet grade-level proficiency compared to 61% before the pandemic.
United Way's goal is to help at least 500 local preschoolers through third-graders. And the agency will need hundreds of volunteers to meet with them once a week for 30-minute, one-on-one reading sessions.
Read United QC is the name of the campaign. It's a partnership with local school districts with the support of Group O and the Quad-City Times.
More information is available at Read United QC. Or contact United Way Operations Assistant Amy Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org or 563.344.0344.