United Way of Allen County Book Drive Collects 5,000 Books

Friday, June 8, 2018

United Way of Allen County Book Drive Collects 5,000 Books

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (June 8, 2018) – Throughout May, the United Way of Allen County hosted a book drive, partnering with 16 businesses and organizations to collect over 5,000 books to encourage summer reading for Allen County kids.

3Rivers Federal Credit Union
BFGoodrich/USW Local 715
City of Fort Wayne
CVC Communications
Hallmark Home Mortgage
Johnson Controls/UAW Local 3046
Lippert Components
Quadrant EPP USA
PHD, Inc.
Trinity English Lutheran Church
United Way of Allen County
Vera Bradley
Women United

The donations were collected and sorted by volunteers at Trinity English Lutheran Church. The books have been distributed to 30 local nonprofits, ranging from the Rally to Read program hosted by the Early Childhood Alliance to Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana to Charis House at the Rescue Mission. All organizations plan to implement the materials differently in their children’s programs to ensure all the books find good, needed homes.

“United Way of Allen County is committed to improving early childhood education for children in our community,” said David Nicole, president and CEO of United Way of Allen County. “Thank you to the companies that partnered with United Way by participating in the book drive. Your efforts set up the children in our community for success.”

Throughout the summer, the strategic volunteer engagement staff will work with companies to collect supplies for Kindergarten Countdown, a 4-week academic-preparation program for kids unable to attend preschool, and to assemble literacy kits, sets of in-depth reading materials and activities for Fort Wayne area kids to take home and complete. These initiatives and more, aim to help children thrive, while engaging families and communities. Contact Tiffani Arnold-Pine at tiffani.arnoldpine@uwacin.org for additional information about the book drive or corporate volunteer opportunities.