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Vibrant reading room at one of our resource centers


Our United Way Suncoast Reading Rooms are designed to bring educational resources and programs to community housing neighborhoods where our ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) families live. This “place-based” neighborhood initiative is designed to reduce barriers to quality education in early learning and youth success, while providing a platform for financial stability resources for families.

In collaboration with community leaders, United Way Suncoast renovated underutilized community rooms in apartment complexes strategically located in the attendance zones of two Title I Elementary Schools in Manatee County. 


Reading Rooms connect volunteers with elementary students who need a little extra support. During weekly sessions, volunteers spend time supporting students through read alouds, educational activities, homework help and enrichments which all serve to strengthen the child's reading and math skills.


  • La Mirada Gardens Apartments
    • 636 55th Ave Cir E, Bradenton, FL 34203
    • Mondays & Wednesdays from 3pm-5pm
  • Bradenton Village Apartments located
    • 1302 3rd St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    • Tuesdays from 3pm-5pm

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Successfully pass a Level 2 Background check, paid for by United Way Suncoast.
  • Ideally be available for at least two hours per week with a minimum 6-month commitment.

Questions? Contact Ana Rodriguez at

If you would like to become a Reading Rooms volunteer, fill out the below form and click the submit button when finished. 

Must be logged into your volunteer account to view the form. If you do not yet have a volunteer account, you can create one hereNote: if creating an account, please return to this page to complete the Reading Rooms volunteer application.