As a long-time volunteer leader at United Way of Lancaster County, I have seen United Way create amazing impact through its various initiatives. Now, over the next few weeks, we are inviting everyone in the community to literally take a “hands-on” stand for early literacy and school readiness. The High Five Campaign for Every Child runs through May 22, and invites everyone in Lancaster County to give a “High Five” ($5 contribution) to the campaign, which will be used to provide books to young children in their homes to help them get ready for kindergarten. Many studies have shown that kids who are exposed to books at an early age, and who have books at home, do better in school! And, studies also show that nearly 2/3 of children living in poverty have NO books in their home. United Way is committed to changing that – with YOUR help.
35,521 High Fives – There are 35,521 children under the age of five in Lancaster County. United Way is looking for a High Five ($5 or more contribution) for each one of them. So far, we have over 8,000 High Fives! Help us reach the goal at www.HighFiveLancaster.com. You can give a single High Five, or a lot of High Fives.
MAKE HISTORY! - On 5/5, at 5:55 p.m., United Way is inviting the entire public to the Lancaster County Convention Center to break a Guinness World Record for the longest High Five chain! We need 1,200 to break the record! The event is FREE (of course you’re welcome to make a High Five donation), but you should register online to guarantee a spot in the record. Only 2,000 tickets are available. You can register (and donate if so inclined) at www.HighFiveLancaster.com. The event is designed to raise awareness of the need and to show the world how much Lancaster County cares about its young children!
By Randy S. Patterson, Director of Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization