Women United
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Supporting ReadNYC’s Books from Birth and
Once Upon a Summer / School Year Programs


Help Women United raise $130,000 by June 30, 2020 for at-risk ReadNYC children. Due to COVID-19, these funds will support the heightened need for books at home, professional development for ReadNYC teachers and community educators, and to ensure that summer programming prevents children from falling behind a grade level.

How you can help:

  • DONATE — Consider making a financial gift to our COVID-19 Women United Fund and tell others why it is important to you. We need your generous support to meet our $130,000 goal.
  • AMPLIFY — If you are not yet following UWNYC on our social channels (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube) now’s the time to start! Use our hashtags #UWNYC, #LiveUnitedNYC, #PowerofWomen, #WomenUnitedNYC and spread the news to your family, friends and network by liking and sharing our updates.
  • ADVOCATE — Tweet your member of Congress. It’s critical that Congress provide $60B in support of critical nonprofits. UWNYC is needed NOW to support low-income families and children during this crisis, and will be needed even more to help our community recover later.

Books from Birth is an initiative of ReadNYC that ensures low-income children have culturally relevant and age appropriate books—the essential tools they need to achieve academically. Dolly Parton's Foundation is the mechanism through which children receive Imagination Library books for Books from Birth. Registered children receive one book a month for a year.

Why it Matters:

  • 70% of low-income families don’t have books at home for their children.
  • Owning 25 books or more has a sizeable impact on student achievement.
  • UWNYC is the only partner with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in New York City.
  • Children in poor communities live in "book deserts," communities in which there is limited to no access to children’s books.

Investment Asks:

As a result of COVID-19, Women United is seeking to enroll 600 new children in Imagination Library with 7,200 books, including expansion services to families. A minimum contribution of $50 provides 12 books a year for one child.

  • $100: Provides 1 book a month per year for 2 children.
  • $250: Provides 1 book a month per year for 5 children.
  • $500: Provides 10 NYC low-income students with books every month for one-year to build their home library.
  • $1,000: Provides 20 NYC low-income students with books every month for one-year to build their home library.
  • $2,500: Empowers a ReadNYC teacher with over 500 books to outfit their classroom library.
  • $5,000: Sends 1,200 books to a ReadNYC school to outfit the entire school library.
  • $10,000: Provides 2,500 books to build a ReadNYC Community Library in "book deserts," where there is, on average, only one book for every 800 children.

Once Upon a Summer/School Year is an element of ReadNYC that provides students in low-income neighborhoods access to extra childhood educational supports as well as summer literacy programming to prevent summer slide.

Why it Matters:

  • Once Upon a Summer/School Year ensures that students receive 1 on 1 tutoring and hours of expanded learning time that adds up to an equivalent two months of additional school.
  • Students who participate in summer learning and extended day programs show greater improvement in ELA proficiency rates.

Investment Ask:

As a result of COVID-19, Women United is seeking to provide proper curriculum and extra professional development for teachers and community educators, as well as formally establish a classroom library at P.S 369 in Women United’s name.

  • A minimum contribution of $2,000 provides academic enrichment to 1 student that adds the equivalent of one to two months of school instruction through an extended learning day during the full school year, including a six-week summer learning program
  • Every incremental $2,000 supports an additional student as part of the Once Upon a Summer/School Year Program.
  • A gift of $10,000 completely funds a classroom library in a ReadNYC school.
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