United Way seeks volunteers to be reading tutors

04/05/2014 6:52 PM

04/05/2014 6:54 PM

Grab a book. Engage a child. Help him learn to read.

That’s the invitation United Way of the Plains is extending to local adults looking to volunteer during this year’s National Volunteer Week April 6-12.

Reading tutors who sign up for local programs listed with the United Way will be paired with elementary school-age students and will meet with the children at their schools.

Currently, the organization lists two opportunities for reading tutors. Volunteers for the Communities in Schools program must be at least 14. Wichita public schools volunteers must be at least 18.

For details on how to get involved, go to www.unitedwayplains.org/readingvolunteer or call the United Way’s toll-free information line at 211.

“We recognize education is the way out of poverty,” United Way of the Plains president and CEO Patrick Hanrahan said in a news release. Year-round the organization matches volunteers with more than 300 south-central Kansas nonprofits.

“Volunteers play an incredible role in improving a young child’s ability to read,” he said, “and therefore get ahead in life.”

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