Education is a cornerstone for success in school, work, and life. Setting kids on the path to success begins with early intervention, and then, through high-quality education, students can graduate high school prepared for college & career. United Way of Kershaw County focuses on long-term solutions and addressing opportunity gaps throughout the cradle-to-career pipeline in order to keep kids on track to graduate prepared for success.


Ready Readers

Ready Readers of Kershaw County is a United Way program of service in partnership with Kershaw County School District and AmeriCorps of SC.  The focus of Ready Readers is developing a love of literacy for our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders who are struggling to read. We know that literacy lifts lives out of poverty and by reading to children early and often we can better prepare them for success.

There are two ways to serve with Ready Readers.  The first is as an AmeriCorps member (individuals who are 17 years or older who want to serve and receive a living allowance and education grant).  To do the AmeriCorps track you must have 10-20 hours a week to serve.   We currently offer 20 AmeriCorps service positions.  Each one comes with a living allowance and education grant. 

The second track is if you have an hour a week to serve.  We would love fo you to serve as a Ready Reader Reading Buddy in one of our Kershaw County elementary schools.  The times of service differ for each school and are based on the student schedules. 

We are actively recruiting both AmeriCorps members and Community Volunteers for our Ready Readers Program.  If you know of anyone who has even an hour a week to give and make a difference in the lives of our amazing students and contribute to our awesome elementary schools, please reach out!

All it takes is a phone call to make a difference.

For more information on the program, contact Ready Reader Director, Shanna Redfearn.
(p) 803-432-0951