Join United Way to kickoff volunteering on June 6

Register on-site for the free event to mobilize 500 education volunteers

If you like reading and want to add your voice to hundreds of reading champions throughout Central Indiana, join us on Thursday, June 6. That's when United Way of Central Indiana will kick off its second annual event to recruit volunteers who will read to, tutor or mentor children in the coming school year.

Note: Online registration has now closed for this event, but we would still love to have you lend your voice to the choral reading. On-site registration is available at all five Central Indiana locations. Please note that event times vary at each location.

  • Monument Circle – Indianapolis (12:00 – 1:15 p.m.)
  • Fishers YMCA – Fishers (11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.)
  • Boone County Courthouse – Lebanon (11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.)
  • Hancock County Courthouse – Greenfield (10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • Morgan County Courthouse – Martinsville (10:00 – 11:15 a.m.)

United Way is staging a choral reading of Dr. Seuss's beloved book, "Oh the Places You'll Go!" to generate awareness and support for its Read.Tutor.Mentor. intiative. This year, the goal is to recruit 500 volunteers to boost every child's success in school and in life.

For those attending the event at Monument Circle, volunteers should arrive at noon to sign up, eat lunch on their own at one of several local food trucks, and then join a big group of readers. The combined voices will read the popular children's book about the journey of life and what it takes to succeed despite challenges.

Antoine Bethea of the Indianapolis Colts will be visiting Monument Circle at 1:00 p.m. to thank all the participants. Additionally, Butler Blue III, the official mascot of Butler University will be there to support readers and pose for pictures.

"We want to combine the power and passion of our community for this collective event and actively demonstrate our commitment to improving educational outcomes for all our kids,” said Ann D. Murtlow, United Way's president and CEO. “We look forward to a great turnout and a rewarding experience for kids and adults alike.”

United Way is recruiting reading, tutoring and mentoring volunteers as part of its focus on the critical role that education plays in breaking the cycle of poverty. Kids who do well in school today are more likely to become adults who positively impact the whole community, United Way contends.

Murtlow said people who want to become readers, mentors or tutors in the coming school year can sign up at the event or afterwards, online. The event takes one lunch hour, a small time commitment during the week, similar to the time commitment United Way is asking volunteers to take during the school year to help more kids succeed.

It will take you places! The event is sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company.