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United Way, Volunteers Help Make Reading Part of Kids’ Summer

For the third year, United Way of San Diego County’s Day of Action helped San Diego families who cannot afford to buy summer reading books for their children. The United Way was able to buy and collect more than 14,000 books for low-income children. This year’s bilingual books had a double benefit by helping kids focus on healthy eating.

“Many economically disadvantaged families have little or no access to reading material when school is out,” United Way President and CEO Kevin Crawford said. “Our goal is to help remedy that by providing enjoyable, age-appropriate options.”

At the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, 100 San Diego business leaders came together to pack books and write inspiring notes to kids. Youngsters throughout the county will each receive their own book, a bookmark with a personal note and bilingual reading tips for their parents. Volunteers included individuals from United Way’s board of directors, Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group, GEICO, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Target and the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way.

More than a quarter of the county’s fourth graders cannot read proficiently, and over half of San Diego’s students are considered “economically disadvantaged,” Crawford said. “Studies show that reading skills are lost over the summer, as many of these students do not have books of their own to read at home.” Crawford said that when children own their own books, they are more likely to love reading and that good readers are more likely to graduate from high school.

Tri-City Hospital Foundation Executive Director Glen Newhart announced $883,020 in grants to Tri-City Medical Center at the Tri-City Hospital district board meeting held recently. In fiscal 2014, Tri-City Hospital Foundation donated a total of $1,061,066 to Tri-City Medical Center.

The Rotary Club of Coronado recently gave a grant to the Salvation Army for $1,500 for its Homeless Outreach Program. This donation will help The Salvation Army expand its homeless outreach services into the South Bay communities. The Homeless Outreach Program provides referrals for shelters, employment programs, health services, drug and alcohol treatment, case management, food, clothing and transportation.

The Red Shoe Day’s recent fundraiser brought 1,300 volunteers to major intersections collecting cash donations during the morning commute and raised an estimated $190,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. Funds gathered help San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House operate a 47-bedroom facility and family care center that provides respite for families with a hospitalized child. The San Diego community’s support of today’s fundraiser will provide about 159,663 meals or 1,347 nights lodging.

Veterans Association of North County recently received a $25,000 contribution to assist North County veterans. The grant that was given to the nonprofit through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving program will provide equipment for the organization’s “Warrior Kitchen” program, which is aimed at providing veterans with skills in the food service industry, as well as serving meals to other veterans in the kitchen’s accompanying dining hall.

San Diego Chick-fil-A restaurants partnered with Rady Children’s Hospital to bring Cow Appreciation Day to children at the hospital. More than 50 children and their families gathered in the courtyard of Rady Children’s Hospital with Chick-fil-A team members and its “Eat Mor Chikin” Cows. Chick-fil-A also visited with children who were unable to leave their rooms, delivering baskets full of plush cows and cow-themed gifts. Chick-fil-A provided 1,500 free sandwiches to hospital staff as a thank you for the work they do at the hospital and in the community.

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