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Support Education

You have an opportunity to support our efforts around education. We partner with schools throughout New London County all year long to help students and teachers achieve their goals.

Be a Volunteer Reader

We've gone virtual with our traditional Reading Days. We ask volunteers to record themselves reading an age-appropriate book and send it in for us to upload to United Way's You Tube channel. The playlist is shared with local schools and the community for parents, caregivers, and educators to access for children. 

View the playlist from our most recent Virtual Reading Day!

Please contact for more information about being a Volunteer Reader.

>> Interested in suggestions for reading to kids? Browse through a guide with tips and tools for being a Virtual Volunteer Reader.

Run a School Supply Drive

Donate and/or collect school supplies to ensure that all children go back to school with the material supplies needed for academic success. Our most recent drive collected more than 11,000 items including 1,846 backpacks, 1,195 boxes of crayons, 745 boxes of pencils, 602 glue sticks, 2,246 notebooks, and 450 packages of loose leaf paper. Supplies are donated to schools and learning centers in New London County.

Consider setting up a few collection boxes at your business or organization to collect supplies from your employees and/or customers. Promote the drive on internal staff emails or to customers via your social media networks. We have posters available to help you. You may drop off school supply donations directly at the United Way office at 283 Stoddards Wharf Road in Gales Ferry.

Assemble Child Literacy Kits

Literacy Kits are designed to make reading an interactive and positive experience for students as well as for the adult reading with the child. Students gain an understanding that reading can be for enjoyment and for gaining knowledge. Kits include an age-appropriate book and activities created by volunteers relating to the book’s theme. Items in the Kits may be bookmarks, construction paper, crayons, flash cards, letters and numbers, and an activity guide for the parent or caregiver. The Kits are delivered to local elementary schools.

This project can be done on-site at your business or organization - United Way staff will bring everything right to you. You may choose to accompany United Way staff with the delivery of Kits. Please note that there is a cost associated with this project to cover the cost of supplies.

To learn more about our efforts around education and sign up to be a volunteer reader at the next reading event, please contact Laura at