United Way Reading Buddies

Planting Seeds for Success

Since 2003, new, small stuffed animals have been collected by businesses, groups, churches, book clubs, boards, schools and more to support this region-wide literacy initiative.

Collected stuff animals are given to 1st and 2nd grade students across Northwest Indiana to be used as reading tools to enhance their literacy skills.

Each fall, more than 3,900 stuffed animals are delivered to 160 1st and 2nd grade classrooms.

How You Can Help:

  • Donate! For as little as $5, you can put a reading buddy in the classroom. Support a whole classroom for $150.
  • Host a collection drive for new stuffed animals (approximately 12”- 16” tall).
  • Volunteer to prepare stuffed animals for delivery to schools in the fall.

To get involved, contact Rebecca.