United Way Day of Action Kicks Off a Summer of Service on June 21

Use summer’s extra daylight to help kids get a solid start

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – United Way of Northern New Jersey invites area residents to join a national day of service on June 21, to have the greatest impact on the longest day of the year.

Each year on the Summer Solstice, United Way Day of Action encourages residents to make the most of extra daylight hours by lending a hand in the local community. This year, United Way Day of Action is focused on helping kids get a solid start. United Way will be coordinating volunteer activities such as books drives, a card-writing campaign and a literacy pledge.

Residents can either contribute to or host a children’s book drive to gather new or gently used books for children whose families are struggling financially and may not have access to quality, age-appropriate books. Volunteers can also create a card or write a short note of encouragement for preschoolers entering kindergarten. Cards and letters will be sent to children attending United Way partner preschools.

Area residents can also participate in Day of Action by reading for one hour to a child in their lives. Volunteers who register and pledge to read to a child will receive a pin from United Way. Volunteers who send United Way a selfie of themselves reading to the child will receive a free T-shirt with the organization’s LIVE UNITED slogan. On Day of Action the reading session can take place anywhere — at a park or at home — with volunteers aiming to make the experience fun, one that will inspire a love of reading.

To register for these activities or to find out about more volunteer opportunities, visit United Way’s Get Connected site at www.UnitedWayNNJ.org/BecomeAVolunteer. Click first on the Find A Project Now button and then the Day of Action 2014 tab. The site also lists volunteer opportunities across the region year-round. Residents can search the local area either by zip code or keyword, and locate volunteer opportunities.

“Each one of us has the potential to help improve lives and make a difference in our community,” said United Way of Northern New Jersey CEO John Franklin. “Day of Action is one way to make an impact in the lives of others.”

For more information about United Way Day of Action, email Lisa.Galonardo@UnitedWayNNJ.org or call 908.253.6503

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