Every year United Way's Young Leaders Society (YLS) hosts the United We Read local volunteer opportunity.

This event celebrates Read Across America Day by inviting local volunteers to visit a local school and read their favorite childhood book to a classroom. The goal is for volunteers to share the love of reading with students, and also tell the students a little bit about themselves and how reading has impacted their lives. All volunteers are encouraged to purchase an age-appropriate book to read and donate to the school they visit, or they can grab a book from the school library to read to the students. Typically, volunteers read to Kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms of 20-25 students. YLS also donates proceeds from our United We Bowl event to the schools to purchase books for their school library. Click here to see pictures from our 2020 event. 


2021 Event Information

  • Due to COVID-19, we were unable to host an in-person event in 2021, but our online book drive fundraiser was a success!
  • Together, we raised over $1,000 to purchase over 70 books for Hope Elementary, Solvang Elementary, and Franklin Elementary schools, providing new books for their school libraries!
  • All books were purchased from local bookstores, so we were able to not only support local schools, but also local business
  • Book Drive Photos: Click Here

THANK YOU for your support!