ReadingPals Challenge

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Heart of Florida United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council is currently working to recruit 200 volunteers to work with voluntary pre-kindergarten students during the 2015-2016 school year. As an extra incentive, the Women’s Leadership Council has issued a special challenge to local organizations and companies: whoever recruits the most volunteers for ReadingPals by January 15 gets a complementary table at the 2016 Women’s Leadership Luncheon—a $1500 value—on March 17 at the Rosen Centre Hotel. Diana Nyad, endurance swimmer and author, will be the keynote speaker.

Nearly one third of Central Florida’s third graders attending public school cannot read at the appropriate level. This puts these students at a distinct disadvantage throughout their scholastic careers. These children are four times more likely to drop out of high school if they continue on this path.

ReadingPals connects passionate volunteers with students who need extra help developing essential literacy skills. Part of a statewide initiative to promote early literacy, the ReadingPals program began in 2012 led by the passion of Carol and Barney Barnett.

Become a ReadingPal Today

  1. Commit to spending 1 hour a week through the remainder of the school year at an Orange, Seminole or Osceola location.
  2. Pass a background check.
  3. Attend a volunteer training session.
  4. Get matched to your pal.
  5. Work with your pal to develop valuable reading skills with the provided materials.
  6. Become a friend and mentor.
  7. Change a life while enriching your own

An hour a week can change a child’s life. To become a ReadingPals volunteer, visit Be sure to include your company’s information when you register! A minimum of 10 volunteers is required to be eligible to win the ReadingPals Challenge.