Our READ UNITED initiative consists of three programs:


Real Men Read begins every October and ends in November

This program places positive male role models in Goshen and Elkhart elementary school classrooms to read aloud to their assigned class.


Reading Camps run from January 29th to March 21st, 2019

This program provides extra one-on-one tutoring and reading practice for elementary students who are falling behind their peers.


Spring Into Reading runs from April 16th to May 10th, 2019.  Orientation will be held April 10.

This program places volunteers into elementary classrooms to read aloud to classes of children.  Please click here for additional information.


Calling All Elkhart and Goshen Community Members!

Spring Into Reading (SIR), one of our READ UNITED programs funded by United Way of Elkhart County, is just around the corner! SIR consists of four weekly sessions within the classrooms of our youngest students. Volunteers spend approximately 30 minutes per week reading and interacting with children in our schools. The program starts on April 16th and runs through Friday, May 10th . An orientation will be held on Wednesday, April 10th from noon to 1:00pm at the United Way of Elkhart County building.
The SIR program allows community members to share their leadership skills, careers, interests and love of reading with our Pre-K or Kdg students. Readers are placed on a first come, first served basis with attempts to pair according to reader/classroom schedules! Please note the teachers will be present to assist with classroom management. Book packets with prompt cards are provided for each reader. Packets are distributed at the luncheon.
All readers will need to complete a limited background check prior to the participating. Please reply to this email for a background check form!
For more information, or to participate, please contact Sharon Sarber at or 574-533-8631, ext. 2048 or Diane Lucchese, CARES Recruiter for Elkhart Community Schools at or 574-295-4870.


For info on volunteer opportunities at Goshen Community Schools please contact Sharon Sarber at or at 574.533.8631 ext. 2048

For Elkhart Schools, please contact Diane Lucchese at or 574-849-8987


Reading is a critical bridge to success in school, work and life.  Until third grade, children are generally learning to read; by fourth grade, however, they should be reading to learn.  At the fourth grade level, coursework gets harder and reading becomes more challenging.  Students who don't read well have increasing difficulty keeping up- which can lead to bad grades, disengaging from school, and dropping out.

That's why United Way is creating and  leading supportive efforts to help young kids build a strong foundation. 


For info on how to volunteer please contact

Sharon Sarber at

or at 574.533.8631 ext. 2048