As part of United Way’s Early Grade Literacy programming, Vello pairs teams of professionals and other volunteers with classrooms to provide safe, digital guided reading support. Together, students and volunteers read e-books using simple screen sharing and audio. With computer and internet access, Volunteers can complete their weekly 30-minute guided reading sessions from anywhere, making it easy to give back without leaving their work space. Vello also provides students with 24/7 access to an extensive 50,000 book RAZ-Plus e-library for themselves and their family members, helping form valuable reading habits in and out of the classroom.
United Way’s vision is for every classroom in the region to have a team of volunteers committed to students’ success. Together with Read By 4th, the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Strategic Partnerships and Office of Early Education, we are working to establish school partnerships with corporate partners and community members. Through funding through United Way’s Impact Fund for Early Grade Literacy, we will distribute thousands of books, promote literacy resources, and connect families in-need to programs designed to measurably and meaningfully reduce poverty in our region.