United Way is starting the second year of Volunteers in Proficiency (VIP). VIP is a literacy program that pairs volunteers with elementary school students to read together once per week during the school day. The program’s goal is to increase students’ reading success.
If a child is not reading proficiently by the time they finish third grade and comes from a low-income family, they are 13 times more likely not to graduate high school. In the Cedar Rapids/Marion Metro area,