Greetings Brothers and Sisters,
I want to first thank you on behalf of United Way for all your past support for our AFL-CIO community services partnership. The work we all do together to make our communities a good place to live, work and raise a family would not be possible without the investment that each of us makes to United Way.
2021 is a big year for us! This year marks the 80th anniversary of the AFL-CIO community services and United Way partnership. For the past 80 years, we have bonded together in solidarity to help all people, community is the thread that binds us together. We want to celebrate an amazing milestone by investing in the future of our children. The ability to read and then to learn is vital for all children, and as a child, myself that struggled to read it can be devastating to a child’s self-confidence.
The United Way of the Plains has partnered with Coaching for Literacy who selects a college basketball team and a non-profit in areas all over the country to help fight illiteracy. Coaching for Literacy chose WSU basketball and United Way of the Plains to lead the charge here in this community. Coaching for Literacy provides a $10,000 grant to start, plus $5,000 in matching funds to continue the effort.
Let’s celebrate our 80th year by investing in our children’s future. Would you consider GIVING $5? $5 will provide an age-appropriate book to children right here in our community. Let’s band together and help our Kindergarten through 3rd-grade children with reading. And together we can “Fight for Literacy” and give our children a fighting chance to be anything they want to be.
To Provide a Child a Book – GIVE $5
Why We Should Fight for Literacy
-More than 43 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level.
-More than 1 in 3 American children start kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read.
-If a child is not reading proficiently by 3rd grade, that child is four times more likely to drop out of high school.
Coaching for Literacy Website
Thank you for your consideration,