United Way of the Mid-South Joins National Effort to Lift Graduation Rates (Day of Action)

“Campaign for the Common Good” galvanizes millions to take action and change conditions in local communities

United Way of the Mid-South pledged a renewed commitment to create opportunities for a better life by joining the Campaign for the Common Good, a national effort to improve the education, income and health of America’s communities. The campaign kicks off with an ambitious goal — to cut the high school drop-out rate in half by 2018.

Day of Action June 21

United Way organizations across the globe celebrate United Way Day of Action today, June 21st.

To achieve this goal, United Way Worldwide is focusing on boosting early grade literacy. Beginning today (June 21, 2011) as part of United Way Day of Action, United Way Worldwide is working to recruit 1 million volunteers from across the country to read with children in kindergarten through the third grade.

United Way of the Mid-South will join this effort by launching our local campaign this fall to recruit volunteer readers, tutors, and mentors. Working with several strategic partners including the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, Literacy Mid-South and Memphis City Schools, we hope to inspire 2012 community volunteers to work with elementary, middle, and high school students in some of our area’s most under-resourced schools.

United Way of the Mid-South has shown a commitment to education for many years through a variety of initiatives including Born Learning, Success by 6 and the Youth United Way Leadership Program. Working together with parents, teachers, and community members we can ensure that every child has access to the education they need and deserve.

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