The lasting impact of children’s literacy

Children’s literacy delivers lasting, positive impact

Want to deliver positive impact to your community? Teach children to read.

The evidence is clear: children who don’t read at grade-level by third grade are less likely to graduate high school on time.

That’s why, at United Way of Central Massachusetts,  childhood literacy is one of our focus areas:

Volunteer Reading

– We funded the second of Worcester Public Library’s mobile libraries—Lilly.

– For the past seven years, we have been a leading funder for the Summer Literacy Initiative.

– We helped bring JumpStart to Worcester and we love to volunteer for Read for the Record.

–  Together with our corporate partner, Berkshire Bank, we distributed summer book bags filled with reading-list books to every Worcester Public School first grader.

– Each year, United Way volunteers help at multiple reading events in the Worcester Public Schools.


Help Worcester win the “Soar With Reading” contest!


With your help, Worcester is a finalist in the Soar With Reading contest, co-sponsored by JetBlue and Simon and Schuster.

The top vote-getting city will receive $25,000 worth of children’s books and a reading room makeover.

Now, it’s time to helps Worcester win!

Visit the Soar With Reading contest site and vote for Worcester! You can vote as often as you like. Voting ends August 31.