United Way Manitowoc County Collects books for Reach Out and Read
November 02, 2018
United Way Manitowoc County Collects Books for Reach Out and ReadEarly connections and literacy is one of United Way Manitowoc County’s four priority issues. 90% of brain development occurs by age 5, and 61% of children from low-income families have no children’s books in the home. That is why UWMC proudly supports organizations like Reach Out and Read, who place emphasis on influencing a child’s future in their first few years and ensuring that all children have access to books.
At the end of August, UWMC held a “Rally for Change” event to share organizational updates with the community. The event also kicked off a book drive to support their partner, Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that incorporates books into pediatric care and encourages families to read aloud together. In Manitowoc County, both Aurora Health Care and Holy Family Memorial clinics provide children with books at well visits, from infancy until they begin school. By the time children are in school, their shelves are filled with more than 10 books from their well visits.
UWMC asked Rally for Change attendees to bring children’s board books, with a special request for Hmong titles, to the event. Both board books and Hmong titles are high needs for our local Reach Out and Read program. For the next two months, UWMC continued to accept book donations at their office.
On October 31, UWMC brought together Rebecca Peterson, Director of Manitowoc-Calumet Library System and Terry Ehle, a Lester Public Library librarian, who work very closely with the program and both Aurora Health Care and Holy Family Memorial representatives to present the collected books. The books were divided amongst the health care providers and will be distributed to children at upcoming well visits.
United Way Manitowoc County: UWMC envisions a community where all people achieve their human potential through education, financial wellbeing, and healthy lives. We accomplish this through volunteer and resource development, partnership building, and advocacy. United Way Manitowoc County is part of United Way Worldwide, a network of more than 1,800 communities working together to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of people. For additional information, visit www.unitedwaymanitowoccounty.org or call (920) 682-8888.