United We Read

United We Read

About United We Read

In the fall semester, United Way partners with Lubbock County school districts for United We Read. Through the program, volunteers visited every second-grade classroom in the county, read a book, lead a craft, and sent every child home with a book copy. Approximately 3,500 students and 500 volunteers participate annually. 

The purpose of the event is to highlight the importance of students being grade-level readers by third grade. At this point, students who have not mastered basic reading skills will begin to fall behind in every area of study as classrooms shift from learning how to read to reading to learn. Children who do not hit this important milestone are more likely to struggle academically and eventually drop out of school. The event also emphasizes the importance of parents reading with their children. 


2022 United We Read

The 5th Annual United We Read is scheduled for October 27, 2022,  at 10 AM. This year, we will be reading "A Bad Case of Stripes" by David Shannon.


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Join us for Lubbock's favorite volunteer opportunity!


Volunteer in a Classroom


This opportunity will make your day. Volunteer to read or help with crafts on the day of the event. You will be assigned a school campus and a classroom. Specific assignments will be emailed closer to the event. You may volunteer as an individual or with a group. 

Volunteer to Prep Supplies


You know you love a good assembly line. Jump in line and volunteer to prep supplies including crafts and books for the event. There are several opportunities to volunteer. You may volunteer as an individual or with a group.