United Way Brings The Love Of Reading To Children In Adelanto.

By Alyssa Penman

Staff Writer

Adelanto, CA – Every month Desert Communities United Way makes reading fun for kids participating in the Community Toolbox homework club. Read to Kids is a volunteer opportunity for those who want to share the magic of books.

Tuesday is the next event where a small group of volunteers will read books to the children. Suzy Leanos, a United Way staff member organizing the program, gets books donated to the program. Volunteers will take turns reading short books to the group and the students are able to take a copy of one the books home with them. We want them to share it with their siblings, Leanos explains. Some of these kids dont have many books of their own.

After the stories are read, volunteers help with a snack and craft project. In honor of Valentines Day, this week the children will be making themed door hangers. Volunteers ask follow up questions about the story and share what an impact reading has on their life. Sometimes the children will do a small volunteer project instead of a craft. Recently they decorated flower pots for local apartments where domestic violence victims stay.

The Community Toolbox is part of Inland Agency ( HYPERLINK “http://www.inlandagency.org/www.inlandagency.org/) and is a funded program of the Desert Communities United Way ( HYPERLINK “http://www.dcuw.orgwww.dcuw.org.) In addition to the homework club, they distribute weekly food bags of fresh produce, bread and other staples to 150-200 families. They also have language classes, tutoring, a garden club, giveaways and health programs.

Community members who are interested in volunteering can register online ( HYPERLINK “http://www.dcuw.orgwww.dcuw.org) or contact Suzy Leanos at 760-242-5370. There are a number of other volunteer opportunities available as these can fill up fast!

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