LSSI is among the 16 agencies participating in the United Way of Allen County’s Education Network, an effort to provide individuals who want to volunteer to help children a “one-stop shop” of opportunities from which to select. LSSI provides child care and education at its Children’s Village early-learning center.
The United Way has launched a website, www.UWEducationNetwork.org, and encourages anyone interested in volunteering to go to the site to sign up. Volunteers can search according to their interests and availability, as well as view a listing of all Education Network partners and submit a volunteer application form directed to the organization(s) of their choice. Potential volunteers can also contact Ruthie Krueger at (260) 469-4002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 46 percent of children enter kindergarten unprepared, and the most economically challenged kids start school one to two years behind in language and other skills. Statistics also show that nearly 1,000 kids in Allen County do not read at grade level by the end of third grade, an important benchmark to continued academic success. Programs within United Way’s Education Network need volunteers to get involved when and where they can to help change these trends.