University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




Book Buddies

15 hours

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Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community to be addressed.
Answer The goal of the Successful Children’s Network is that “Children in the Chippewa Valley will enter school ready to succeed”. Our Education Advisory Council has defined this as children entering school with appropriate development in the areas of health & physical well-being; social & emotional development; and language & general knowledge. To promote appropriate development in the area of language and general knowledge, we are looking for volunteers to read to children ages birth-five in child xare centers in the Eau Claire and Chippewa counties. Children from low-income households are read to only 25 hours by first grade versus up to 1,700 hours read to children from middle-income households (Storch and Whitehurst) so we want to try to reduce these gaps by having volunteers read to children.


What is the mission of the agency or organization?
Answer The primary mission of United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley is to provide active leadership by bringing resources together to improve lives and create stronger communities. The vision of United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley is to address strategic priorities by being a leading catalyst for health and human services in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties. It seeks to do this by uniting people to build a strong community through service to others, creative problem solving, and efforts to help people become as self-sufficient as possible as well as contributing members of the community.


What skills are required for this project?
Answer Volunteers must have the ability to read picture books. They also need patience, flexibility, and the desire to spend time with children ages birth-five. A brief orientation is required and information on reading to children will be shared with volunteers.


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?
Answer We want students to understand there is a need to in our community to address the gap between children from low-income and middle-income families in their literacy skills needed for kindergarten. By reading to children in local child care centers, students can become engaged with the community by helping to fulfill a need for children ages birth-five in increasing their exposure to books.


What are the availability requirements for the student?
Answer We will work with local child care centers to coordinate reading times around the students’ schedules. The average amount of time spent for each visit is 30 minutes. A volunteer will be required to fill out a volunteer application on which they can indicate whether or not they have a vehicle and if they prefer a location. Volunteers will also be required to fill out a background check.


Additional information (not required).
Answer Additional hours can be obtained by helping us create and assemble literacy kits. We are in need of volunteers to label, cut, and assemble literacy activities for our “Read to Me” United Way Book Month in Nov. of 2018.