Kingsport Times-News: KINGSPORT — United WE READ kicked off its annual summer book club earlier this week at the V.O. Dobbins Community Center splash pad, with a morning filled with food, fun, games and a little bit of water.
WCYB - About 350 kids from eight different organizations across our region participated in the fourth annual kickoff for the United WE READ summer book club Tuesday.
United WE READ, a community impact initiative of the United Way of Greater Kingsport, hosted an Olympic-themed Field Day on June 7th, 2016 at the Riverview Splashpad in V.O. Dobbins park to kick-off their Fourth Annual Summer Book Club. Over 680 kindergarten through third graders registered to participate in the book club, which lasts until July 15th. The book club is intended to counter summer learning loss that can erase literacy gains made during the school year.
Sullivan County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) / Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Sullivan County has been chosen to receive $71,750 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
Sullivan County Imagination Library press release: The Sullivan County Imagination Library was recently awarded a $3,000 Community Initiative grant from the United Way of Greater Kingsport (UWGK). This grant will promote literacy by providing funding for 2,857 free, age-appropriate Imagination Library books to be mailed to Sullivan County preschool children from birth to age five. This is the sixth consecutive year the UWGK has supported the Sullivan County Imagination Library. Over those years, the UWGK has sponsored a total of 17,142 books for local preschool children.
The United Way of Greater Kingsport (UWGK) is proud to announce that Kingsport City Schools have received a $30,000 Read to be Ready grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. UWGK’s United WE READ program plays an integral role in this grant, which funds a program targeting high-need students needing additional reading support, by providing access to age-appropriate hands-on activities that augment the program’s curriculum.
United Way of Greater Kingsport (UWGK) hosted its inaugural Community Volunteer Fair at the Toy. F. Reid Eastman Employee Center on April 21, 2016 in conjunction with National Volunteer Month. The fair championed volunteerism as a means of networking within the community, developing or leveraging skills, engaging in professional development, and taking on leadership roles, all while giving back to the community.
United Way of Greater Kingsport (UWGK) hosted its annual Volunteer Breakfast with approximately 100 people in attendance, including those who volunteer with UWGK’s 30 member agencies and other area nonprofit organizations.