United Way Women’s Leadership Councils
Welcome from Juana Slade, Chair
As Chair of the United Way National Women's Leadership Council, I invite you to join us to make sure every child can read well by the time they enter the 4th grade. We know children need to learn to read, to be prepared to read to learn. We know that learning to read is a critical success factor in increasing graduation rates – and there is something we can do about it. Your part of the solution is simple. Pledge to volunteer as a reading buddy, as a tutor, or as a mentor.
United Way Women's Leadership Councils have responded to United Way's call to action to increase the number of volunteers working on this important issue by one million, as we are committed to recruiting 100,000 volunteers. We know from experience that you begin volunteering to help someone else, and it ends up being you who wins in the end. As Anne Frank so wisely said, "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
We can help deliver one of the most crucial ingredients to the healthy development of young children. We can cultivate a joy of learning and a desire for education. We can help parents and teachers instill the language and vocabulary skills that children need to achieve their dreams. We can encourage children to choose reading as a free-time activity, to open up new worlds and the promise of a better life ahead.
United Way Women's Leadership Councils believe that when a network of caring, powerful women get together to engage hands on to drive change, anything is possible. Prove us right – start volunteering today!
- Juana Slade