On June 21, 2013, more than 100 El Pasoans volunteered for United Way’s Day of Action by reading to children in our community. The event was a great success thanks to the support of the volunteers and the participating sites.
United Way of El Paso County chose to focus this year’s Day of Action on literacy because of the positive impact reading has on children. Over the course of one day, we read to 500 El Paso children at 35 sites that included Books are GEMS summer reading camp, Boys and Girls Club, El Paso Children’s Hospital, El Paso Public Libraries, Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center, Project Vida, Providence Children’s Hospital, Salvation Army, YWCA early learning centers, and other childcare sites.
We look forward to continuing our literacy efforts in El Paso with an upcoming initiative to increase the percentage of third graders reading at grade level. Thank you to all the volunteers that participated in our Day of Action!