ORGANIZATION: UNITED WAY OF IDAHO FALLS & BONNEVILLE COUNTY INC
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When you're low income, prioritizing spending is a must. And for many people living in Eastern Idaho, books don’t make the list of things families need to get by. Providing a wealth of books to children in low-income homes can help break the link between poverty and poor academic outcomes. Join us and make a difference today.
Because of COVID-19 our annual book drive was canceled. You can help us by holding your own family, neighborhood or workplace book drive. Donate gently used or new books. You get us the books and we'll make sure they get to those who want and need them. We accept all reading levels from infant to adult.
How can I help give books to low-income kids. There are numerous ways you can support our book drive, such as;
- Host a book drive at your place of business - a great team building tool!
- Clean out your own library and kid's book collection.
- Run a Neighborhood Book Collection Drive - have group members distribute flyers and collect books from residents in your neighborhood. A terrific way for the community to see your group in action!
- Bring your team of volunteers to help us collect, sort, and clean books - we need lots and lots of volunteers!
- Become a United Way Children’s Book Drive Sponsor
NOW THE FACTS: SUMMER LEARNING LOSS (AKA SUMMER SLIDE) STATISTICS
This year we are also dealing with the COVID Slide with students out of the classroom for up to 6 months.
- In Idaho, low-income homes average only 1 book for every 300 children. By comparison, in middle and high-income homes, each child has an average of 50 books. (Book It Forward, 2018)
- 85% of children in the juvenile justice system are functionally illiterate.
- Kids who only read in school will rarely be great readers. The availability of reading material in the home is directly associated with children’s achievement in reading. (Book It Forward, 2018)
- Reading proficiently is the most significant indicator of academic success.
- During summer, low-income students regress more than two months in reading achievement while their middle-class peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).
- Only 36% of Idaho fourth graders scored at or above proficient in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test in 2018 (National KIDS COUNT Program)
- 63% of low-income first graders were reading at grade level in the spring of 2018. When they returned as second graders in the fall, only 41% were reading at grade level. (Idaho State Depart. of Education)
About UNITED WAY OF IDAHO FALLS & BONNEVILLE COUNTY INC
330 SHOUP AVE STE 202, IDAHO FALLS, ID 83402, US
Improving people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.
United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County (UWIFBC) fights for the education, health and financial stability of every person in our community. With more than 80 years of experience, we are a strategic community leader, convener and advocate with in-depth knowledge of the communities we serve, the challenges that affect them and the organizations having the most impact. We serve Bonneville, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, and Teton counties in eastern Idaho.
330 Shoup AvenueSuite 202Idaho Falls, ID 83402
March 29, 2022