Every new year brings new hopes and dreams for a prosperous future. While many decide to make resolutions regarding physical health and wellness, others might focus on improving their financial wellbeing or personal relationships. At United Way, we have also made resolutions, and one of those is to expand our ReadingPals program by increasing the number of volunteers. If one of your resolutions is to become more involved by helping others, this opportunity just may be for you.
ReadingPals currently has 198 volunteers who spend one-hour per week in a preschool or kindergarten classroom working with students who are struggling with early literacy skills. There are currently 288 children enrolled in this program in 15 schools and 69 classrooms throughout Citrus County. This school year alone, ReadingPal volunteers have delivered 4,032 additional hours of reading instruction and distributed 1,728 brand new books to children.