Our READ UNITED initiative consists of three programs:


Real Men Read runs Oct. 30 through Nov. 30, 2018.  The registration deadline is Oct. 4th.  

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


Reading Camps begin every January

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.


For info on volunteer opportunities at Goshen and Elkhart Community Schools please contact Sharon Sarber at


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