In celebration of United Way Day of Action, 19 NFL players, United Way professionals and high-achieving youth from challenged high schools flocked to Capitol Hill on Thursday, June 21. The NFL players, students and United Way staff gathered on the steps of the Capitol for an historic photo and to participate in “The Big Tweet,” a social media campaign encouraging individuals to share how they are making a difference in their community.
Each of the NFL players met with their U.S. Senators and congress member from the U.S. House of Representatives. They shared about the importance of mentors in the life of a child and asked their Member of Congress to join United Way’s initiative to recruit one million readers, tutors and mentors for young people. These players have pledged to find 3,000 volunteers who will help cut the dropout rate in half by 2018.
The meetings with Members of Congress included: Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA). Thank you to the congressional offices that are supporting this initiative and elected officials that are serving as a reader, tutor or mentor in their community.
Join us. Pledge now to help United Way cut the dropout rate in half by becoming a volunteer reader, tutor or mentor. Be an advocate. Find your representative on social media and invite them to join us and promote this initiative in their state or district.
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