NBA Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins and additional local leaders spent this morning reading to children and encouraging more people to volunteer as mentors and tutors to local youth.
Hollins and the volunteer leaders are participating in United Way’s Day of Action and the Raise Your Hand, TN collaborations today. United Way of the Mid-South is partnering with Books from Birth, Literacy Mid-South, Clergy United for the Memphis Schools, Stand for Children, Neighborhood Christian Center, Girls Incorporated and several summer camp programs in the Raise Your Hand Tennessee coalition for Day of Action.
Day of Action is an effort led by United Way Worldwide and local United Way organizations, encouraging people across the globe to engage in community-improving work on June 21st.
Across Tennessee, local United Way organizations are aligning efforts to generate more volunteers to “raise their hand” to read to, tutor, and mentor children and youth as part of the Raise Your Hand, TN movement.
Along with Coach Hollins, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich, local television personality Mr. Chuck, local author Jae Henderson and Unified School Board Commissioner Tomeka Hart are also participating in readings with children to bring greater awareness to the importance of community volunteers in helping improve student achievement outcomes. United Way of the Mid-South President Bryce Haugsdahl and Sr. Vice President of Community Engagement and Alignment Regina Walker also participated as readers.
For more information about Raise Your Hand, Tennessee and statewide work around United Way Day Action, click here.
To sign up to become a tutor or mentor in our local community and our local Education Beyond the Classroom work, visit http://www.campaign4commongood.com
(Photos from United Way staff members Dave Skorupa, Paul Smothers, Diana Bedwell)