Last week was big for the Indianapolis Colts and United Way — they are both kicking off a new season.
The Colts host the BIG KICKOFF annually on Monument Circle to mark the beginning of the NFL season and the beginning of the United Way fundraising campaign. This year’s campaign chair is Andy Mohr, who owns the Andy Mohr Auto Group. He announced his goal for this year’s United Way fundraising campaign as $42,500,000.
This was the first BIG KICKOFF for Ann D. Murtlow, United Way’s president and CEO, who joined the agency in April.
“This is a great way to celebrate the opening of the NFL season and the beginning of the United Way campaign for the year,” she said. “It amazes me that the United Way has raised $1.1 billion for the community since it opened in 1920.
“Those funds have all come back into our community to support the United Way agencies. We are also here today to sign up volunteers for our ReadUp program.”
ReadUP matches volunteers with local child care providers and schools to help youth get on track — and stay on track — with grade-level literacy.
There are multiple ways for volunteers to get involved, including:
• ReadUP Readers — ReadUP volunteer readers read aloud to small or whole groups of preschool children, helping the children begin their literacy development;
• ReadUP Corps — ReadUP Corps volunteers are trained to provide struggling readers in first and second grades with individualized literacy interventions to help build phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills; and
• ReadUP Tutors — Through ReadUP, volunteer tutors help third-, fourth- and fifth-graders reach grade-level literacy and pass the English Language Arts portion of the ISTEP.
For most Central Indiana children, caring adults are the difference between academic success and failure.
To volunteer for ReadUp, visit the United Way of Central Indiana’s website at www.uwci.org.