United Way South Australia helps improve the literacy of young South Australian, so their future is full of opportunity.
United Way Australia hold the licence to operate The Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Australia, which has been in operation for over 25 years across the globe.
The Imagination Library is an early literacy program that provides the gift of a monthly book pack to children aged birth to 5 years. Each book pack contains a new, quality, age appropriate book with reading aids/tools for parents/carers to help engage their child with reading. The pack is sent directly to the home, addressed to the child, every month. The books are carefully selected each year by a panel of experienced early childhood educators to ensure maximum results.
United Way South Australia also provide regular free reading sessions for the community to attend through Possum’s Playhouse. Children attending have the opportunity to listen to books being read and fun craft activities to engage the child and create the love of reading and story telling.
The program begin in 2014 and to date United Way South Australia have provided close to 30,000 books to more than 1200 children across 10 suburbs. Plus provided an additional 60,000+ free books at community events and through community partners.
United Way South Australia believe that the postcode people are born in should not determine their destiny.
The causes of entrenched community disadvantage in South Australia are complex, with no single organisation being able to solve these issues alone. Our approach is to unite and work with the community, business, philanthropy, government, and social purpose organisations to improve education outcomes in communities of disadvantage. Collaboration is a key component to ensure we are all working to a brighter future for everyone.
United Way South Australia is proud to be one of nearly 1800 United Ways in 41 countries and territories around the world and was establish in South Australia in 1973.
Globally, United Way has been improving lives and strengthening communities for more than 125 years. We are supported by 70,000 companies world wide, including more than 280 Fortune 500 corporations, because United Way has a proven track record of positive impact and continuous innovation.
United Way South Australia has a strong community presence in the local Playford Council area and collaborate with many community service provides.
September 8th – International Literacy Day – Book collection and donations please contact the office
October 17th to 23rd – CBCA Book Week – Theme: Curios Creatures, Wild Minds
October 23rd to November 1st – Children’s Week – Theme: ‘Children have the right to meet with other children and young people and to join groups and organisations as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.’ From the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child- Article 15.
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