Originating in 2016, Women United mobilizes the power and leadership of women through philanthropy, advocacy and service to ensure that every child in Geauga County has equitable opportunities to learn and read. Women United meets monthly to review current programs and to plan ways to promote literacy in Geauga County. The average yearly distribution is 10,000 new and used books.
WHAT WE DO
Book Bank: In 2017, Women United established the Book Bank with several thousand used books from the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank. Women United also receives books from Geauga County Public Library, schools, book drives, and personal donations. Members clean, sort and shelve the books so they are ready to pull and package for distribution throughout the community.
School Distributions: Teachers work with Women United to receive books for their students during Winter and Summer school breaks. To date, 9,000 books have been distributed to students in several Geauga County schools.
Reach Out and Read: This national program is for children from birth to age 5. During a well-child visit, the doctor gives a new book to the child and promotes reading at home. Women United purchases new books and delivers them to the practice. The program has been active at Lake Health Chardon Pediatric Practice since Summer of 2018 with over 2,100 books distributed. Women United is working to expand this program to other practices in Geauga county.
Little Libraries: Ten Little Libraries were built at United Way's Day of Action in 2017 and installed in Geauga County. Women United volunteers keep them stocked and organized so that families have access to free books. To date, over 8,000 books have been distributed.
The West Woods
9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87), Russell Township
Chagrin Falls Park Community Center
7060 Woodland Avenue, Chagrin Falls
Maple Highlands Trail
South Street, Chardon
Bass Lake Preserve
11445 Lakeview Road, Munson Township
Big Creek Park
9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Township
Walter C Best Wildlife Preserve
11620 Ravenna Road, Munson Township
510 Fifth Avenue, Chardon
Geauga Metropolitan Housing Authority
385 Center Street, Chardon
Swine Creek Reservation
16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield Township
Rustic Pines MHC
17748 Rock Creek Road, Thompson
Community Distributions: Thousands of books have been distributed by our members at local events and through county and local organizations, libraries, United Way Day of Action, day care centers and preschools.