Tuesday’s “Day of Action” by United Way of the Brazos Valley successfully resulted in more than 100 volunteers assembling 1,250 Baby Bundles – a tote bag packed with a board book, a handheld toy, basic baby toiletries, and other helpful community resources. The first round of Baby Bundles was delivered to local hospitals for families to receive at labor and delivery just after the baby is born.
“United Way is about bringing the community together to address community issues,” says Alison Prince, president and CEO of United Way of the Brazos Valley. “Day of Action is a perfect example of what can be accomplished in only a few hours when people from all industries come together with passion and dedication around a particular issue and take action,” says Prince.
Two-thirds of children living in poverty grow up with no books at home. Studies show that the number of books in the home is directly linked to reading achievement. Children who grow up with access to books in their homes reach a higher level of education.
United Way of the Brazos Valley is fighting for early literacy for all children. As part of the organization’s 2020 Regional Bold Goals, United Way of the Brazos Valley has committed to ensure that every baby born in the Brazos Valley has a book in their home by their first birthday. The June 21 Day of Action was only a small part of this effort.
Day of Action 2016 was generously sponsored by Kimberly-Clark’s Depend brand; Depend and United Way are coming together to promote healthy, active, and independent living throughout an individual’s life, with a focus on volunteering, through Day of Action 2016. Signature and Event Sponsors included BetaMED, Branch Banking & Trust, Stylecraft Builders, Bryan Independent School District, and CHI St. Joseph Health.
United Way of the Brazos Valley brings the community together to find solutions to change lives by advancing Education, Financial Stability and Health. They strengthen the community through meaningful impact by identifying issues facing the community, engaging individuals to build strategies and mobilizing resources to invest for change. United Way invests through Community Impact Grants to local nonprofit organizations and Investment Initiatives including 2-1-1 Texas, Youth Leadership Cabinet, VolunteerBrazosValley.org, and the Financial Stability Innovation Fund.
To support the work of United Way of the Brazos Valley and learn more about how to become involved, visit www.uwbv.org.