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Libraries to be distributed to community partners in support of childhood literacy, increasing graduation

Over 200 corporate volunteers got right back to work following Labor Day Weekend, joining the United Way of Central Carolinas team for our annual Day of Caring on September 6 at Sugar Creek Brewing in Charlotte. The group built and painted 20 Tiny Libraries that will be distributed to local community partners that serve children.

The libraries are part of United Way’s work to improve graduation rates by getting more books into the hands of children at an early age. Each library will be filled with 50 books donated by Duke Energy and BB&T.

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“This is great team-building activity, I love this kind of stuff,” said Michelle Boyd, a nurse in Carolinas HealthCare System’s continuing education center. “Education is near and dear to my heart, and I believe in the power of books in a child’s hands. When we can give those books to a child for free, even better.”

Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System, United Way’s Day of Caring events began on Aug. 27 in Union County and conclude on Oct. 15 in Anson, ultimately involving more than 2,500 volunteers completing hands-on projects in their local communities.

“It’s great to work together as a team and serve the community where we live,” said Kim Sipes, a director in Duke Energy’s treasury department. “Literacy is extremely important for improving the lives of our next generation.”

The Day of Caring events shine a spotlight on United Way volunteers at the start of the annual workplace campaign season.

“Today was a wonderful opportunity to get our supporters engaged with one another and United Way,” said Wes Beckner of BB&T, this year’s campaign chair on United Way’s board of directors. “The Day of Caring events across our region put a spotlight on the impact community volunteers can achieve by working together.”

All year round, United Way’s Volunteer Center helps community members put their skills to use, connecting group and individual volunteers with opportunities that match their passion and availability.

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Beyond the Day of Caring events, United Way’s Volunteer Center helps community members put their time and talent to use throughout the year, connecting group and individual volunteers with opportunities that match their passion and availability. or click here to sign up for the Days of Caring.

Special thanks to the Charlotte Observer, FOX, TWC News, WCNC and WSOC for showing our community partners giving back!

Charlotte Observer: Tiny Libraries for kids built during United Way’s Day of Caring

WCNC: United Way volunteers build Little Libraries

FOX: Huge impact made with Tiny Libraries

WSOC: Tiny Libraries impact childhood literacy in Charlotte

TWC News: Volunteers build free Little Libraries for Charlotte communities

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