For 14 years, United Way of Central Indiana has successfully implemented its grade-level reading program, ReadUP. ReadUP connects volunteers with local schools, where they read with two 3rd grade students for 30 minutes every week, helping kids get on track - and stay on track - with grade-level literacy.

We know that children who read at or above grade-level are more likely to succeed in school and in life. Students can achieve this through the support of their tutors. They also grow in confidence and find an appreciation for reading with the help of our dedicated volunteers.

During the 2019 -2020 school year, over 800 ReadUP volunteers tutored more than 600 students across 33 Central Indiana schools. This in person volunteer-delivered tutoring program employs a structured methodology to assist struggling 3rd grade readers with improving phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. On average, ReadUP students are 12-18 months behind in their reading abilities at the beginning of the academic year.

For the upcoming 2021 -2022 school year, ReadUP will be in 28 different schools and 6 counties.
(Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion & Morgan)

If you have any questions, please reach out to the United Way education team at


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United Way of Central Indiana acknowledges that federal, state, local governments and organizations have specific guidelines regarding COVID-19. As program partners, United Way will recognize and follow those rules and guidelines set forth by the institutions (schools, community-based organizations, etc.).

We ask that all volunteers be flexible and understanding as guidelines may change at any time.












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