5.17.19- Target and United Way of Greater Lorain County partnered this week on seven local volunteer projects as part of Target’s regional week of service. The projects culminated with a book sort and literacy kit assembly on Friday, May 17 at the United Way Center for Community Transformation in Lorain, where nearly 50 literacy kits were assembled and are now ready to be distributed through United Way’s kindergarten readiness collaboratives.
“It has been an amazing week of regional service with my Target family, bringing joy to families in the local communities we serve,” said Taryn D’Aveta, store director at the Elyria Target.
In total, Target volunteers sorted over 1,200 books and assembled 95 literacy kits throughout the week.
United Way’s kindergarten readiness collaboratives are focused in Elyria with Ready Set Go, Lorain with Rising Titans, and Oberlin with OberlinKids. This work is important because 25 percent of kids in Oberlin, 37 percent of kids in Elyria, and 80 percent of kids in Lorain are not prepared to succeed when they enter kindergarten.
“Books are an important strategy in ensuring more kids are ready when entering kindergarten, as there is a direct correlation between children being read to in their home and future academic success,” said Ashley Renee Hampson, volunteer engagement specialist with United Way of Greater Lorain County. “I’m so thankful for the enthusiastic support of our Target volunteers this week, as their hard work has advanced our mission and helped us serve more people.”
In addition to literacy kits, Target volunteers built and rehabbed ten garden beds at Southside Gardens in Lorain through United Way’s 231 Go Community Collaborative and at Naomi’s House in Oberlin in partnership with Neighborhood Alliance.
Volunteers also distributed food to nearly 200 households at El Centro in Lorain as part of a Second Harvest mobile food pantry.
Employees from multiple Northeast Ohio Target stores, including Amherst, Avon and Elyria, volunteered at the projects.