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Reading unlocks a world of possibilities for our children. However, in Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties, nearly two-thirds of children are reading below grade level by the end of the third grade (South Carolina Department of Education).

At Black River United Way, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to unlock the power of reading. Through our Heroes for Literacy program, we connect communities to local schools, helping children overcome early-grade reading struggles and tap into their potential.

What is Heroes for Literacy?

Heroes for Literacy (H4L) is an initiative where community members dedicate 1.5 hours each week to tutor children in reading. H4L is a volunteer experience open to individuals, companies, churches, and civic groups, that allows you to become an everyday hero in the literacy development of a child. 

Why Become A Hero:

  1. Make a Lasting Impact. Help children develop the foundational skills they need to succeed in school and life.

  2. Strengthen Your Community. Literacy is the key to a thriving, prosperous community. Your efforts will help create a brighter future for everyone.

  3. Join a Prestigious Group. Be proud to be a hero. As part of an esteemed group, you will be recognized and celebrated for your service to our community.

  4. Unlock Your Leadership Potential. Through H4L, you will develop new skills and gain access to a valuable network of like-minded leaders.

Heroes Receive:

  • Training and Support - Heroes will receive comprehensive training to be well-prepared to support young readers and are supported throughout their time in H4L by BRUW and School Staff. Heroes will also receive a gas stipend to assist with program-related travel expenses.

  • Recognition - Heroes will be celebrated every nine weeks for their dedication and impact.

  • Community and Camaraderie - Heroes experience the joys of working with a team to achieve a common goal - early-grade reading success and literacy development.

Become A Hero!

Heroes for Literacy is more than a volunteer program; it’s a movement to empower our youth and strengthen our community. When you choose to serve, you’re not just helping kids read—you are opening doors to a world of possibilities.


Phone: 843-546-6317 ext. 1     |     Email:

Together, let’s unlock the power of reading and be the heroes our children need!

Heroes For Literacy Interest Form

Fill out this form so we can get in touch with you about becoming a Hero For Literacy

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