TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The United Way’s Power of Community auction kicks off Tuesday, but it is going to look different this year. Due to strange and sometimes unpredictable times that we all face today, the auction is going virtual this year to make sure everyone involved stays safe. The focus, though, is still on the children.
“Times are tough, and now more than ever we need to rally around our children,” Kathy Deal, a co-chair for the auction, said. “Continuing to support them and give them the opportunities that they deserve to have should be among our highest priorities during this time.”
Education has long been one of the pillars of United Way. The funds raised by auction will benefit United Way’s Success By 6 programs in Clay County, an initiative that focuses on the benefit of early childhood education in our community.
One of the favorite programs created through Success By 6 is Real Men Read, in which adult role models volunteer their time to go to local schools to read to the children. Each time a visitor comes, the students bring home a book of their own. This encourages them to read, increasing literacy skills and overall desire to read. Since the program began in 2011 over 14,000 children have participated, taking home over 70,000 books.
“Programs like these open our children up to the joy that they can discover in the pages of a book or a classroom,” Deal said. “Power of the Community helps to secure funding that will grant our children a brighter future. We should take advantage of moments like these!”
This sixth annual Power of Community event will be from Sept. 15 to Sept. 20, with the auction closing officially at 7 pm. The auction will still contain many items that no one will want to miss. The packages are wide-ranging and for all ages, including items geared toward kids, like a trampoline or the ‘Movie and a Pizza Party’ package. Some of the items, however, will appeal more for the adults, for example a package including a coupon for a one-night stay at the French Lick Resort as well as a round of golf for two.
To learn more about the Power of Community, link to the auction, or donate visit the website at uwwv.org/poc. The auction opens Sept. 15, and closes at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20. This event is providing a fun way to continue to support the United Way as they work to make a change in the lives of those living in our community.