EDUCATION-FOCUSED SPECIAL INITIATIVES
Stuff the Bus
School Supply Collection Drive
Each year United Way partners with local businesses (such as Walmart, the Kroc Center, ADP, MAU Workforce Solutions, and more) along with individuals, to "stuff" a bus full of school supplies for local students.
In 2017, over 32,500 school supplies, valued at $45,000, were provided to students in four local counties (to include Burke, Columbia, and Richmond). A special shoutout goes to the employees at ADP Augusta as they stuffed an entire school bus on their own!
Book Collection Drive & Kids Fun Day Event
Over 6,000 books were collected from local businesses (such as Goodwill, 2nd and Charles, and Good Reads) along with individuals in order to provide summer reading packs to local children. Children ages 3 to 15 enjoyed an outdoor fun day full of free activities such as face painting, a magic show, character readings, health education on top of receiving a satchel of 7 books (enough to read one book per week during the summer).
United Way also partnered with local Richmond and Columbia County Schools to donate 35 boxes of books to new teachers who were establishing their classroom libraries for the first time. The remaining books were donated to eight (8) local partner agencies for their reading programs and children activity areas.
Summer Book Initiative
Book Distribution to K-12 Students in Burke County
United Way of the CSRA teamed up with the Burke County Board of Education's Summer Food Service Program initiative during the summer of 2017 to distribute age-appropriate books to children in grades K-12. United Way staff, Burke County bus drivers, and teachers participated in a day-long distribution of over 400 books to local Burke County students. The books that were distributed came from United Way's first Book Bash (see above) collection drive.
Read Across America Volunteer Initiative
Volunteers Read to K-4 Classrooms
Volunteers, staff, and cabinet members read to several elementary classes in observance of Dr. Seuss' Birthday, also known as the Read Across America project. Many volunteers and students dressed up to celebrate this day of fun learning. United Way also donated several boxes of books to the classes to help stock their classroom libraries and encourage further reading.
Notes for Success
Sign or Write a Supportive Note to a Local Student
Many students in our local area have low self-esteem and often do not receive the support they need while in their younger, most influential, years.
Download our notecard templates and write a supportive message, showcase powerful words, and make a child that you will never meet smile knowing someone is rooting for them to not only succeed but to become an amazing community champion in the future.
Send us an email so we can schedule a pick up of your handwritten notecards and distribute them to local children