445FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2014

As part of Global Youth Service Day, UW-Athletes and Student United Way are coming together to
show local kids that reading is fun on April 19th from 10:00am-1:00pm

On April 19, teens, high school and college students will join together to share the importance of early childhood education and literacy at Red, White & Read. United Way of Dane County, UW-Student United Way, and Student Athletes Equally Supporting Others are coming together from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Madison Public Library- Central Branch located at 201 West Mifflin to show local kids that reading is fun!

WHAT:           Red, White & Read
WHERE:         Madison Public Library-Central Branch, 201 West Mifflin
WHEN:           Saturday, April 19th
TIME:             10:00AM-1:00PM

Everyone is invited to join Bucky Badger and other UW-Madison Athletes for an engaging day of reading. Additional activities at the library will include opportunities for parents, caregivers, and children to learn through play at Play and Learn, circle time and lots of interactive reading stations. This event is free and open to the public. These youth join millions of other young people around the world who are creating community change as part of Global Youth Service Day, the world’s largest and longest-running service event.

United Way of Dane County has been part of this national youth volunteer movement since 2002 and has mobilized over 2,000 youth every year, during Global Youth Service Day, to get out and give back to the community. This year local youth volunteers will be focusing on projects which improve the community in the areas of Education, Safety and Health, identified through our community’s Agenda for Change. These projects include local neighborhood and park clean-ups, hanging/sorting donated clothing, cooking and serving food at a local community center, building bird feeders and so much more.

“It is inspiring to see youth in our community come together and make change happen,” says Leslie Ann Howard, President & CEO. “Volunteers, like these youth, are the heroes in our community making Dane County a great place to live!”

Now it’s in 26th year, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries, and recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. Organized by YSA (Youth Service America), a leader in the international youth service movement, Global Youth Service Day offers youth, ages 5 to 25, the resources and support to plan meaningful projects that improve their communities.

“Congratulations and thanks to the young people of Dane County for their work to improve their community,” said Steven A. Culbertson, YSA president and CEO. “On Global Youth Service Day, the world stands in awe as we see what’s possible when kids take the lead as problem-solvers.”

About Our Community’s Agenda for Change


  • Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
  • Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.


  • There is a decrease in family homelessness.
  • There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.


  • People’s health issues are identified and treated early.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

 United Way engages our community mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.

About United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition
in Dane County.