United Way Reading Buddies

Supporting literacy across Northwest Indiana

The United Way Reading Buddies program supports literacy by providing 1st and 2nd Grade children with stuffed animals to serve as non-judgmental friends to help them practice reading.

Each fall, nearly 4,000 stuffed animals are delivered to 170 1st and 2nd Grade classrooms.

How You Can Help:

  • Donate!
    • For as little as $10, you can put two Reading Buddies in the classroom.
    • For $250, support a whole classroom.
    • For $1,000, support all classrooms at a single school.
  • Host a collection drive for new stuffed animals (approximately 12”- 16” tall).
  • Volunteer to prepare stuffed animals for delivery to schools in the fall.


We can't thank our community partners enough who have helped us make this program possible.

To get involved, contact Rebecca at rebecca@unitedwaypc.org or 219.464.3583, ext. 106.