United Way collects books, school supplies to help students succeed in schoolBy Jasmine Souers


Special to the Recorder

The United Way of Northeast Florida is seeking local residents’ help in ensuring that students and teachers have a successful start to the upcoming school year. The organization is hosting “Summer Daze of Action,” a celebration of United Way Worldwide’s Day of Action.

“Summer Daze of Action” is a two-part education initiative featuring book and school-supply collection drives to ensure teachers and students in Northeast Florida go back to school with the tools they need to succeed. Held in partnership with the Jacksonville Public Library, the book drive is underway through June 20. Community members are invited to donate children’s books at any of the 21 Jacksonville Public Library branches, including the Beaches Branch in Neptune Beach. Donations will benefit United Way’s ReadingPals initiative and Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library.

In July, United Way will host “Stuff the Bus” in partnership with First Coast News. School supply donations will benefit United Way’s Full Service Schools and Achievers for Life initiatives. Registration for companies interested in hosting school-supply collection drives at their offices opens June 22, with collections held throughout July. First Coast News will also host a community-wide school supply drop-off day July 29, the time and location of which will be announced.

“Summer Daze of Action” is generously supported by Depend. For more information, visit unitedwaynefl.org/summerdaze.


Jasmine Souers is digital content manager for the United Way of Northeast Florida.