June 20, 2019 | Press Release
Tomorrow, June 21, 2019, an estimated 150 children ages 3-12 will receive a new book to take home and an opportunity to engage in literacy-related events through Lubbock Area United Way’s Day of Caring. Part of United Way Worldwide’s Day of Action, Lubbock Area United Way joins more than 400 communities and thousands of individuals in making their communities a better place to live.
Lubbock Area United Way’s Loaned Executive volunteers spearheaded this project creating fun and engaging activities to help children develop a passion for reading. 56 individuals representing 49 local businesses are involved. Events are scheduled at four different United Way Community Partners from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM:
Early Learning Centers , Talkington location (2714 Erskine)
Guadalupe Parkway Neighborhood Centers , Parkway location (405 N MLK Blvd)
Literacy Lubbock and Parenting Cottage – (Lubbock ISD’s Jay Gordon Room, 1628 19th Street)
Lubbock Boys & Girls Club , Talkington location (2603 Kewanee)
“This is a special time for the Loaned Executive group each year,” said Matt Ernst, who is serving as the 2019 Loaned Executive Chair. “We get to interact with many of the young ones served by our Partner Agencies and hopefully help them develop a passion for literacy.”
Chris Ramirez is volunteering for his third year as the Loaned Executive. He says, “Day of Caring is the best event during the Loaned Executive program. My favorite experience was last year when the kids were able to interact with police officers and firefighters and get in their vehicles. This day means the world to many of these kids who sometimes come from homes where they do not get an adult's undivided attention.”
Loaned Executives are individuals "loaned" by their employer to work with United Way on a part-time basis assisting other companies with their United Way workplace campaigns. Each year they participate in a Day of Caring project benefitting hundreds of individuals in our community.
Lubbock Area United Way funds programs at 23 local Community Partner Agencies. These programs work daily to assist people in Lubbock and surrounding communities with needs such as affordable quality childcare, parenting education, crisis situations, adult literacy, job training, and youth mentoring. A complete list of the Community Partners and the services they provide can be found online at www.liveunitedlubbock.org.