Through collaborations between the Shelby County United Way, our community partners and members we consistently have new projects and opportunities developing. Below are some of the current volunteer opportunities you can get involved with:
E.M. POWER E.D.
How do we continue to encourage literacy and education in children as they enter Kindergarten?
The ladies of POWER have sponsored the Kindergarten students at Longfellow Elementary. By assisting with weekly tutoring, sponsoring needed supplies, monthly ‘learning labs’ and ‘Feed the Family’ nights these children are getting a positive first experience with our community’s educational system and developing the skills needed to be engaged and excited about education.
The Imagination Library
Imagination Library is an early literacy program for children under the age of 5 started by Dolly Parton. At no cost to the family, an age appropriate book is mailed monthly to the family’s address. Studies show children enrolled in Imagination Library are better prepared for kindergarten, are read to more often, and have more books and visits to the local libraries than children not enrolled. POWER has been a sponsor to this program since its inception in 2015. Click Here to register your child!
The Born Learning Project (BLT)
BORN Learning Trails (BLTs) are designed to help adults interact with children to boost language, literacy and physical activity. Since 2013 POWER has been instrumental in the construction of 3 Born Learning Trails in Shelby County. The original trail is in Sidney’s Tawawa Park, Baumgardner Basin. In early 2016, the Fort Loramie BLT opened next to their Library, and Anna, Ohio dedicated their BLT in October. It is located in the Anna Community Park on SR 119.
Interested in having a Born Learning Trail in your community? Click Here!
Summer Backpack Program
Summer Backpack Program is a summer meals program for area youth, ages 1 – 18. Every Friday from mid-June to mid August, children will be provided with weekend meals. The packs come filled with nutritious, easy-to-open food that does not require stove-top cooking or refrigeration. The typical pack contains a variety of food usually including protein, fruit juices, cereal, granola bars and pudding cups. POWER volunteers help pack the food – over 500 bags a week. The program is sponsored by many local businesses, and churches.