Be a Holiday Hero This Season!

Getting children off to an early start in learning is the most important step a parent or caregiver can take in giving their child the opportunity for success in school and in life. All of this starts with improving family engagement at an early age, continually exposing children to learning opportunities and creating an environment where learning is encouraged and embraced.

If we can help address access issues to books, we will have a better chance of achieving our other education goals. 

As we enter the holidays, we are encouraging our donors and the community to support both early childhood education programs like Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and the other community programs aligned with our education issue area.   Together these programs affect the lives of thousands of children across our community by providing learning opportunities, academic support and social and emotional supports.

And this year, we’re proud to announce that SCHEELS will be matching, dollar-for-dollar, the first $2,500 of donations to the campaign. SCHEELS has proven to be one of our greatest advocates for our education programs.

Without these programs, and especially during a time of remote learning, our community’s most vulnerable children would fall further behind.

This holiday season consider giving the gift of learning to a child in our community. Did you know that one $26 gift provides a full year of books (12 total) for one child?  Help make sure local programs supporting kindergarten readiness, on-time achievement and high school graduation have the support they need to help families navigate today’s learning challenges.

Watch our United We Learn session to learn more about supporting early childhood literacy. We also invite you to join in and set up your own crowdfunding page to support this effort.  Watch the video for a quick “how-to” and read below on how to get started! As an incentive, if you help us raise $150 or more through your crowdfunding page, you will receive a United Way Swag Bag!

How-To Guide To Setting Up Crowdfunding Page:

Access the crowdfunding page by clicking the button below or texting UWCIL to 71777.

You will be taken to a short sign up form, which when submitted, will create a custom fundraising page which will include your own fundraising goal and thermometer and can be easily shared. 

When the fundraising page is created, it will contain some pre-filled messaging from United Way, but if you choose, you will also have the option to add or tailor that message to those who may be visiting your page.  Make changes or leave as it, the choice is yours! You will receive a custom link to share with people as well as a custom keyword that can be shared via text.

To help you with sharing your page and raising funds, we hav sample content that makes it easy to simply copy and paste.  Click the button below to download your sharing toolkit today!

If you have questions, please contact Jarid Brown.

Don’t forget! As an incentive, if you help us raise $150 or more through your page, you will receive a United Way Swag Bag!