United Way of the Big Bend (UWBB) engages volunteers to read to children in the eight-county Big Bend region.  Through READ UNITED, UWBB has distributed over 40,000 free books over the past nine years.

Become a Read United Volunteer:

As a Read United volunteer you can sign up to read to children during this week long event on a date and time convenient to your schedule.

Volunteer Details:

Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your scheduled time.  Volunteers will receive a “Live United” t-shirt and a bundle of age appropriate children’s books that will be delivered to the school prior to your scheduled visit.  Volunteers will be able to select 2-3 books from the bundle of books to read.  These books will be left for the teacher as our gift to them to use in their classroom.  We ask that volunteers wear the “Live United” t-shirt proudly and ask that volunteers or staff snap a picture and share on our event page or simply tag us in their favorite photos.

For more information about READ UNITED, please contact Alaina Gilpin at 850-414-8825 or