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United Way donates $163k to local groups

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United Way California Capital Region will make grants totaling $163,781 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of El Dorado County Western Slope and New Morning Youth and Family Services in Placerville over the next year, said United Way president and CEO Steve Heath. Both organizations are funded partners in United Way’s STAR Readers project. They will work with other United Way partners to improve children’s reading abilities. New Morning also is a funded partner in United Way’s “$en$e-Ability” project, helping foster youth become financially literate and build savings accounts. “The Boys & Girls Club and New Morning have been wonderful partners on our past projects and have proven their abilities to create profound change in El Dorado County,” Heath said. “They know how to achieve measurable outcomes on important issues, and we’re excited to see what they do in the important areas of children’s literacy and foster youth savings.” Studies have shown that through third grade, children are learning to read; in fourth grade, they are reading to learn. Fourth grade reading level is an indicator of a child’s likelihood to graduate high school. United Way’s STAR Readers project is working to ensure all children are reading at grade level by fourth grade. The project uses a three-pronged approach: after-school tutoring to at-risk children from kindergarten through third grade, tools and resources for parents to involve them in their children’s reading, and summer reading programs for children. The Boys & Girls Clubs of El Dorado County Western Slope is receiving $82,000 and New Morning Youth and Family Services is receiving $54,281. New Morning also is receiving $27,500 to participate in United Way’s $en$e-Ability project. Through this project, several nonprofit partners are working to increase financial literacy in the region, including working with foster youth to help them learn to be self-sufficient when they leave the foster care system. For more information on United Way, visit yourlocalunitedway.org.