Rappahannock United Way

3310 Shannon Park Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408    |    (540) 373-0041

Ready-for-School Drive

March - April 2018

We need YOUR help to create Literacy Kits for local kids!

Rappahannock United Way is collecting new, age-appropriate books for four- and five-year-old students to build literacy kits for young children in our community. Literacy and early learning are critical to ensuring children are ready for kindergarten and reading at grade level by third grade. Help local students reach these important milestones by donating books or hosting a book drive of your own.

Host a Book Drive

Bring together friends, neighbors, or colleagues and host a book drive at home or work.  Check out these resources and tools to get started:

Donate Books and Supplies

Donating items is easy!

  • Order through our Amazon Wish List and have them shipped directly to us.
    Amazon Wishlist
  • Bring items to our office and we’ll take it from there:
    • Rappahannock United Way
      3310 Shannon Park Dr
      Fredericksburg, VA 22408
      Drop-off: Monday – Thursday
      8:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m.


April 19, 2018 (4:00 – 7:00pm):
Literacy Kit Sort-a-Thon Event @ Rappahannock United Way

  • Help assemble the literacy kits to be distributed to local children.

April 23 – May 4, 2018:
Delivery and Reading Events

  • Help deliver literacy kits and read with children at selected pre-schools in our region.

To Volunteer Contact Jessica Walthall

Children from lower income homes hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers
61 % of lower income children have no children’s books at home
By age 5 children from higher income homes recognize 22 letters of the alphabet compared to only 9 for children from lower income homes