United Way of Central Carolinas kicked off its annual Day of Caring Tuesday by coordinating a project at Sugar Creek Brewing where corporate teams gathered to build 20 “tiny libraries” for elementary school children in the Charlotte community.
The libraries, each holding 50 donated books, will be distributed to charities that work with young children and local Title One schools within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system.
Two hundred volunteers participated, including employees of Carolinas HealthCare System, Duke Energy and BB&T.
The libraries are part of United Way’s work to improve graduation rates by getting more books into the hands of children at an early age.
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The Day of Caring celebrates the start of the annual workplace campaign season, with more than 2,500 volunteers participating in events across a five-county region over six weeks.