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What is Read United?

Read United is a year-round series of programs that aim to improve early language and childhood literacy
for all children in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties.

The most visible of these programs is Read United Day on Friday, February 24, 2023, when sponsors and donors make it possible for United Way to place books in the home of students in Pre-K through second grade across our service area. On this day, United Way volunteers and community leaders will read and give books to over
19,000 children in the region.

Why is it important?

Reading proficiency and literacy is vital to the success of our community. Children with reading difficulties are more likely to experience health and behavioral problems, teen pregnancy, premature departures from school, trouble sustaining employment, and even poverty. Through Read United, we seek to increase opportunities for achievement and brighter futures for all by ensuring that children reach important language milestones.

61% of low-income families do not have any books in their homes in the United States

3rd grade students who are not proficient in reading by the end of the year are four times more likely to drop out of high school

66% of children in the state of Georgia are below a proficient reading level

By age 10, a child’s path to success is determined by their reading proficiency

How we all make a difference

Originally, the Read United program was called “Read Across Liberty”, serving students only within Liberty County and Fort Stewart for the past 15 years. Due to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, we are now able to serving students throughout schools in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties. This year, volunteers will read to and distribute books to over 19,000 children, ranging from Pre-K to 2nd Grade!

United Way of the Coastal Empire is bettering our community—one book at a time!

19,000+ Books

Pre-K to 2nd Grade

Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, & Liberty

The power of your donation

By donating you can help provide books to the children in our region.
What your money buys:

1 book per child

half a classroom of books

1 classroom of books

2 classrooms of books


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