One Leader One Reader

August 30, 2017 | United Way Team

At the Cedar Rapids Farmers' Market on August 19, our Young Leaders Society (YLS) launched a new initiative called One Leader One Reader.

One Leader One Reader will support early childhood literacy. Nate Klein, YLS chair, discusses the importance of this issue in the vlog below:

Learning begins long before the first day of school. So how can you help us change our community?


Become a volunteer to help prepare local kids for school! Search for opportunities at


Join the One Leader One Reader initiative and become an advocate through one of our leadership societies as a YLS or Quarton Society member.


Donations designated to One Leader One Reader will benefit local children:

  • $250 = One year of RED Ahead for one child
  • $500 = 10 family support home visits
  • $750 = 12 weeks of financial assistance for one child’s preschool care
  • $1,000 = 135 hours of one-on-one tutoring for an elementary student

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