Volunteers Needed for MLK Essay Contest Read-A-Thon

Last year’s awesome Read-A-Thon volunteers

We just kicked off our 4th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service Essay Contest!  Hundreds of students county-wide will take the time to tell us why volunteering matters in our community.  So many, in fact, that it’s impossible for our staff to read them all.

And that’s where you come in:  We need volunteers to help us read and score these essays.

The MLK Read-A-Thon will take place on February 22, 2014 from 9 AM to 11 AM at our Lower Bucks office (413 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA 19030.) Volunteers will receive a brief training, a scoring sheet, and all the support they need to make this a fun, rewarding volunteer experience.

Requirements:   A college level understanding of reading, writing and/or editing is required.

Our Goal: Bring together enough awesome volunteers to read and score all essay submissions in just two hours!  We need to find the top 10 in each category (elementary, middle, and high school), which will then go to our panel of professional writers.

What to bring: Reading glasses if you need them!  We will provide the rest: pens, pencils, scoring sheets, plus a ‘continental breakfast’ (read: plenty of coffee, juice, bagels, and donuts).

Parking:  The lot in front of our building is tiny!  Please park in the public lot in front of Lake Caroline (there will be UW signs up so you know where to go).

If you are interested in volunteering, sign up here. We can’t wait to see what perspectives the students will share with us this year!

About the contributor: Katie Pilot is the Marketing Assistant at UW Bucks. She is a senior at Villanova University with a major in Communication. Due to her passion for social justice, particularly the importance of education, she is excited to help get the word out about UWBucks’ great contributions to the county in hopes to get more people involved.


Join us in changing lives in Bucks County for good by making a donation today. Donations can be made online or by mailing a check to, United Way of Bucks County, 413 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills, PA 19030.