Read United partners with Warsaw and Whitley County schools

This spring United Way is partnering with Warsaw Community Schools and Whitley County Consolidated Schools for Read United.

This program allows volunteers to read to kindergarten, first- and second-grade classes once a week for four weeks, according to a news release from United Way.

According to Darren Bickel, president of United Way of Whitley & Kosciusko Counties, “Normally our volunteers would enjoy entering the classroom and have an opportunity to get to know the students and teacher. This year, of course, is a little different. While we are unable to enter schools, we can still reach out to the classrooms through Zoom calls.”

Since last summer, more than 150 volunteers have been a part of Read United.  According to volunteers, the Zoom calls are highly successful. Volunteers will have a wonderful experience this spring with the same process, the release states.

How You Can Help

United Way is asking for 65 volunteers to read to a child’s class via a Zoom experience. Once a week, for four weeks, a reader will have the opportunity to read a book to a classroom.

If you are interested in volunteering, go to and register to read to a children’s classroom. The deadline to sign up for Read United is April 7. Zoom calls with the students will begin the week of April 12.

To learn more about Read United, go to or contact Katelyn Leamon at or 574-269-2592.