Impacting Literacy in Geauga
Who we are
Originating in 2016, Women United mobilizes the power and leadership of women through philanthropy, advocacy and service to ensure that every child in Geauga County has equitable opportunities to learn and read. Women United meets monthly to review current programs and to plan ways to promote literacy in Geauga County. The average yearly distribution is 10,000 new and used books.
What we do
In 2017, Women United established the Book Bank with several thousand used books from the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank. Women United also receives books from Geauga County Public Library, schools, book drives, and personal donations. Members clean, sort and shelve the books so they are ready to pull and package for distribution throughout the community.
Teachers work with Women United to receive books for their students during Winter and Summer school breaks. To date, 9,000 books have been distributed to students in several Geauga County schools.
Reach Out and Read
This national program is for children from birth to age 5. During a well-child visit, the doctor gives a new book to the child and promotes reading at home. Women United purchases new books and delivers them to the practice. The program has been active at Lake Health Chardon Pediatric Practice since Summer of 2018 with over 2,100 books distributed. Women United is working to expand this program to other practices in Geauga county.
|The West Woods||9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87), Russell Township|
|Chagrin Falls Park Community Center||7060 Woodland Avenue, Chagrin Falls|
|Maple Highlands Trail||South Street, Chardon|
|Bass Lake Preserve||11445 Lakeview Road, Munson Township|
|Big Creek Park||9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Township|
|Walter C Best Wildlife Preserve||11620 Ravenna Road, Munson Township|
|Lake Health||510 Fifth Avenue, Chardon|
|Geauga Metropolitan Housing Authority||385 Center Street, Chardon|
|Swine Creek Reservation||16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield Township|
|Rustic Pines MHC||17748 Rock Creek Road, Thompson|
Thousands of books have been distributed by our members at local events and through county and local organizations, libraries, United Way Day of Action, day care centers and preschools.