United Way of Southwest Minnesota Seeks Volunteers for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®

Jumpstart Read for the Record is an annual reading celebration that highlights the need for quality early education in America by mobilizing adults and children to set a record for the largest shared reading experience.  United Way of Southwest Minnesota coordinates this event throughout Southwest Minnesota in schools, childcare centers, and libraries in the counties of Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine, and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood.

Volunteer readers are currently needed throughout our service area for this year’s event on October 26, 2017. The commitment is approximately 30 minutes and includes interacting and reading the book to the class and/or group.  The book selected this year is Quackers by Liz Wong.  Quackers is a wonderful story about a kitten who grows up believing he’s a duck, until the day he meets another kitten. What follows is a sweet tale about understanding, acceptance and learning its ok to be whoever you want to be. All materials and books are provided by UWSWMN and donated to the sites following.

Volunteers will sign up on Get Connected.  Get Connected is a volunteer platform accessed by visiting our website at www.unitedwayswmn.org and clicking on the blue ‘Volunteer’ tab.  Once you’ve selected the blue ‘Volunteer’ tab on our website, you’ll arrive at the log in area of Get Connected. Click ‘Sign Up’ in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Once you are done with your registration, you will be brought to what is called your ‘Dashboard’.  On the left side of the screen you’ll see Needs, Events, Agencies listed.  Click on Agencies.  Look for ‘Read for the Record sponsored by United Way of Southwest Minnesota.’  Reading locations available can be found within the Read for the Record agency. When you’ve found the location that you’d like to read at, select ‘Respond’ in the right corner of the screen next to the title of the need. Then verify the information on the screen and add any notes (if applicable).  To finalize, you must click ‘Submit Need Response’ on the bottom of this page.  You will get a confirmation email from the system. If you do not receive one then you may not have clicked submit need response and are not registered.

Questions regarding the Read for the Record and signing up on Get Connected can be directed to Sarah Kicmal at Sarah.Kicmal@UnitedWaySWMN.org or at 507-929-2273.