Join The United Way Book Drive

Studies show that, in middle-income neighborhoods, there are 13 books for every child. However, in low-income neighborhoods, there is just one book for every 300 children. To improve this statistic, Heart of Florida United Way is inviting local businesses, community groups and individuals to collect new and gently-used books to benefit low-income K-12 students for its 9th annual Day of Action. Book drives can be held at offices, churches or other organizations through May 26.

On the Day of Action, June 21, volunteers will be needed to help distribute the books to children at several Heart of Florida United Way partner agencies, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Orlando Day Nursery, Together for Tomorrow schools, and more.

United Way’s Day of Action is a community-wide volunteer event that aims to reduce summer reading loss, which is the gradual decline of reading proficiency while children are away from the classroom. By providing low-income students with access to books, the nonprofit hopes to encourage reading and enhance literacy over the summer months. Last year, United Way distributed more than 20,000 books to 2,300 children in Central Florida.

For more information on hosting a book drive or to learn about volunteer opportunities at Day of Action, visit or email

WHEN:                       Book donations can be dropped off at Heart of Florida United Way’s office from May 30 – June 2.


Drop-off location:
Heart of Florida United Way
1940 Traylor Blvd.
Orlando, Fla. 32804

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