Celebrating families.

Every year, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, communities nation-wide gather for National Family Volunteer Day; a day of service that celebrates the power of families working together for change.

United Way of Rhode Island celebrates this special day by working with families from across the state to make literacy kits for local children. Literacy kits contain a children’s book and puppet, game, or prop, inspired by the story, that families create to encourage young people to read at home.

Learning to read is important to a child's academic success, but many children fail to meet this early benchmark. Learning starts at home with bedtime stories and picture books, but many children from low-income areas live in homes without books.

Literacy kits help local children build the foundation for future success.