It was a rainy Saturday on June 20 when United Way of Greater Cincinnati held the annual Day of Action throughout the region. Scheduled events at the Purple People Bridge downtown and in Aurora, IN needed to be cancelled due to weather-related safety concerns, but plans in Batavia and Middletown went on as scheduled with activities shifting indoors.
United Way Day of Action is an invitation for people and organizations around the region to LIVE UNITED and take action in a variety of ways to address a variety of challenges.
In Batavia, United Way hosted the Kindergarten Readiness Family Fun Festival at UC East. Volunteers handed out book bags to families filled with school supplies and a Family Passport guided visitors through the various activities designed to engage and excite. Families and kids experienced interactive reading sessions and stuffed their new book bags with prizes consisting of books, fire hats, snacks and more.
"It was a great day," said Sarah Ghee, UWGC's Eastern Area Director. "It was so exciting watching the families explore all the different activities. Our wonderful volunteers did a great job organizing this, and it paid off seeing the kids get so excited about their new school supplies and learning through play."
The Middletown area held their Day of Action at the local YMCA, where early childhood reading was the theme of the day. The YMCA's Childcare Center and the Midpoint Library partnered to read to kids and Adopt-a-Book brought hundreds of books for kids to take home. Between the literacy activities, families enjoyed arts and crafts and even a house bounce.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati's Middletown Area Director Terry Sherrer was grateful for all the volunteers who made the day possible and for the local families who came out.
"This community is fantastic. So many people collaborated to help families and children of Middletown have a positive experience centered around reading. There are too many people to thank by name, but it's definitely worth all the effort."