For the Love of Books; United Way’s Young Leaders Society Shares Passion for Reading with Local Students

United Way of Santa Barbara County Young Leaders Society volunteers read with local elementary school students during the United We Read event.

United Way of Santa Barbara County’s (UWSBC) Young Leaders Society (YLS) shared their love for books during visits to Franklin and El Camino elementary schools as part of the United We Read volunteer event on March 1.

United We Read matched young professionals with students in K-6th grade classrooms. The volunteers purchased their favorite, age-appropriate books to read and then donate to their assigned classes. The event encourages students to engage in reading and inspires them to read on their own.

“With so many screens, videos and games going after the attention of children today, it was special to see everyone appreciating the simple act of enjoying a book,” said Seth Vaughan, Workplace & Corporate Development Manager at United Way of Santa Barbara County. “Reading is central to our success throughout life, and I hope this helps spark new passions for these bright students.”

As part of United We Read, UWSBC presented $500 checks to each elementary school to purchase additional books and reading supplies. These funds were raised at YLS’ annual United We Bowl fundraiser, which took place in November. United We Read is part of a larger effort spearheaded by UWSBC focusing on reaching community driven education goals.

About Young Leaders Society

Young Leaders Society (YLS) was formed to provide community involvement and personal development opportunities for young professionals. This unique and dynamic group offers its members multiple avenues to become involved with various United Way and community initiatives, to directly make a difference in people’s lives, and to ultimately become leaders in our community. For more information, please visit

About United Way of Santa Barbara County

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families & seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health.

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