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What is the United Way Reading Buddies Program?
Throughout the year, new, small stuffed animals are collected by businesses, groups, churches, book clubs, boards, and schools as well as local campus wide drives. These animals are given to 1st and 2nd grade classrooms across Northwest Indiana to be used as reading buddies. Each student reads aloud to their "buddy" for a minimum for 15 minutes a day. Guidance Counselors in our elementary schools are also provided stuffed animals to be used as counseling tools.

United Way Reading Buddies is currently in 169 classrooms throughout Northwest Indiana.The program was developed in 2003 by the United Way Regional Volunteer Center in partnership with our Program Volunteer Ambassadors, the Valparaiso University Softball Team. 

With the support of proud Program Sponsors, Kenneth J. Allen Law Group, United Way Reading Buddies will be provided to 4,000 students for the 2015-2016 school year!

See the impact below!



Ready to help children learn and love to read? Please consider hosting a stuffed animal drive!

Questions? Contact Rebecca Tucker, or call 219-464-3583.