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Linda Paulson

By Linda Paulson

Let’s go volunteer!

02/02/12


Let go volunteer!  For lucky Macy’s employees, “going to volunteer” now means simply logging onto their computer.  Last week, Macy’s launched an innovative e-mentoring program that connects employee volunteers with elementary school students to help them build critical reading and writing skills.  Employees will be paired with students from a classroom that Macy’s has sponsored through In2Books, a United Way partner.  Last week employees were trained on how to best help the students with their reading comprehension.  Students and volunteers will read the same book, and correspond over email about what they have read.  The classroom teacher is involved in the entire process.  “We were motivated to do this as part of United Way Women’s Leadership Council's efforts to increase early grade reading rates, and now we have a great volunteer opportunity for our employees” says Margaret Grioli, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Employee Giving at Macys.  If you would like to get involved, pledge to be a reader, tutor or mentor at www.unitedway.org/wlcvolunteer

 

 

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