Member Spotlight: Days of Action in Northwest Michigan

Combating summer learning loss one book at a time, Days of Action are literacy events that United Way of Northwest Michigan puts together and hosts in each of the five counties we serve: Antrim, Benzie, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse and Leelanau. This year, Days of Action will take place June 15-19. For the second year in a row, United Parcel Service (UPS) is generously sponsoring these events. UPS employees take part in readings, drive books and supplies to each location in one of their trucks, and help prepare for the events.

Book drives for the Days of Action take place throughout the month of May in all of the counties we serve. Donated books from pre-K all the way to adult are accepted. Last year, more than 3,000 books were donated by generous community members, schools, and libraries. At the end of the Days of Action events, not one was left! We’ve also been lucky enough to have a local publishing services firm, The Jenkins Group, kick off our book drive this year by donating more than 3,000 for our Days of Action. 


Literacy kits will be put together for the 2015 Days of Action. These kits will include a book and all materials and supplies to do an activity that helps readers engage more deeply with their reading. Not only do these kits help kids learn, but they make reading more fun!


At Days of Action, all children and families in attendance will receive a backpack to stuff with books. Backpacks get stuffed to the brim with books! Many kids leave the events with their arms full of books, too.

Kids can also take part in fun activities that help them further engage with reading at each of the events. Last year, kids wrote letters to soldiers after a reading of “Dear Baby, I’m watching Over You.” These letters were then sent to active military members serving abroad.


If you are interested in learning more about Days of Action, contact United Way of Northwest Michigan at (231) 947-3200 or visit us online at

The United Way of Northwest Michigan serves Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties.