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 through 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 begins every spring 

This program places volunteers into elementary classrooms to read aloud to classes of children.


Calling All Elkhart and Goshen Community Members!

Our schools need you!  The READ UNITED Reading Camps are comprised of 1st-2nd grade students just below grade level for reading skills.  Through your mentoring and relationship, these students are provided a helping hand towards stepping up to grade level.  Reading Camps will be held January 29th through March 21st on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5pm at four Elkhart schools and 3-4pm at five Goshen schools.  You can sign up for one or both hours per week, or as part of the Sub Pool.  
In the past, we have had volunteers pair up with a friend, coworker, family member, etc. to share a student and each come once per week with the option of covering one another in an absence.  We are also encouraging groups of volunteers to create a social activity out of the volunteer experience.  Friends can volunteer on the same day and then go out for dinner, shopping, bowling, a movie, whatever!
Please respond to Sharon Sarber at or 574-533-8631, ext. 2048 for Goshen and for Elkhart in order to participate in this wonderful program!  Information is also available on these website: under READ UNITED and CARES.  Volunteer registration deadline is January 17, 2019.  Please reply today- the sooner the better, especially with the holidays just around the corner! 


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