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United Way and Our Partners Develop Young Readers

United Way and our funded partners are working throughout our region to build literacy and create successful young readers! See updates on the activities of each of its partners including facts, figures and success stories

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  • United Way Throughout the Region

    The UWNNS interactive map now includes updates from Q1 reports from our partners!  Our partnerships are working to improve reading proficiency in our communities. We invite everyone to be part of this change. 

    Begin the tour.

  • 2014-15 Top 25 Companies

    We want to give a big thank you to our 2014-15 top 25 companies for their amazing support and generosity of community spirit. Click here to get a closer look at who they all are.

  • United Way's 2015 Day of Action

    As part of a larger community effort to improve the quality of life in northern Nevada, UWNNS hosted its Tune Into Kids Fair on June 23, 2015, at the “town’s park” in Silver City, Nevada, as part of its annual Day of Action. The event was designed to work directly with children in the community to prevent “summer slide” and focus on grade level reading. 

    Watch a video of the event

  • UWNNS Announces $1.125 Million in Funding Over Three Years

    In 2014, UWNNS took an unprecedented step of identifying one clear and compelling direction for the organization and adopted the goal to double the number of children in northern Nevada who read proficiently at the conclusion of third grade by 2020. UWNNS has announced its selection of funding recipients totaling $1.125 million over the next three years to help achieve this goal. 

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  • STEM Meets Literacy Education

    UWNNS and Sierra Nevada Journeys partnered with GE's Bently Nevada to launch a pilot program that marries STEM education with literacy education to develop grade-level, non-fiction reading skills. 

    Watch a video of the project here.

  • Today's Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders

    UWNNS partnered with Soroptimist International of Reno to work with 20-second graders at Florence Drake Elementary School with the goal to assist the students with reading skills.

    Learn more here.

  • Born Learning Trail

    UWNNS and employees of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) and the City of Sparks recently installed the region’s third Born Learning Trail, an interactive, playful outdoor learning tool that promotes early literacy and encourages physical activity for young kids. The trail is part of United Way’s Born Learning program, a long-standing initiative to support early learning and school readiness.

    Watch a video of the event

  • School of PEACE Celebration

    UWNNS held a celebration to honor the teen parents who graduated from Washoe Innovations High School’s School of PEACE (parent education and child enrichment), a part of Washoe County School District’s Teen Parenting Program. UWNNS participated as part of their work supporting parents in helping their children with early learning activities.

    Watch a video of the event.

  • Why Reading by the End of the Third Grade Matters

    UWNNS would like to encourage you to review "EARLY WARNING! Why Reading by the End of the Third Grade Matters." This is a A KIDS COUNT Special Report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that highlights the importantance of early childhood reading and how/why it impacts our community.

    Read the report here.

  • We appreciate our volunteers!

    THANK YOU to all volunteers who make our community a better place to work, live and play. We honor your service not only during National Volunteer Week. We honor you throughout the year.

  • View our January 2016 Newsletter

    We would like to share our January News with you!