1,2,3 Read to Me!

1,2,3 Read to Me is a community literacy program that encourages reading, with a goal of making it as accessible as possible! The United Fund and partners have set up bookshelves all around town for easy access to books that readers can keep or share. We currently have 15 bookshelves around town and 5 available to be adopted! Look for the blue bookshelves around town!


If you would like to adopt a bookshelf please call our office at 419-668-0269 for more information!

1,2,3 Read to Me Bookshelf Locations

  1. Trinity Lutheran Church, Monroeville
  2. Myers-Ziemke insurance, Monroeville
  3. Miller’s, Norwalk
  4. La Guadalupana, Norwalk
  5. Ernsthauser Rec Center, Norwalk
  6. Schild’s IGA, Norwalk
  7. St. Paul Gathering Space, Norwalk
  8. Food Bank, Norwalk
  9. Senior Enrichment Services, Norwalk
  10. Salvation Army, Norwalk
  11. Fireland’s Federal Credit Union, Norwalk
  12. Huron County Courthouse, Norwalk
  13. Pleasant Elementary School, Norwalk
  14. Family Life Counseling, Norwalk
  15. Huron County Department of Job & Family Services, Norwalk
  16.  Key Bank, Wakeman

If you are interested in adopting a bookshelf and making sure it is always stocked, please call our office for more information!

How to Donate

Have you seen one of our bookshelves around town? Ever wonder who stocks them or puts them there in the first place? Then you came to the right spot!

If you are in the Huron County area and have any books you would like to donate, simply drop them off at our office on weekdays between 8:30 and 4:30!

If you do not have any books to donate, but would like to help with the project, you can always adopt a bookshelf! In order to adopt, you will need to find a place within Huron County (Norwalk, Monroeville, Wakeman, Collins, New London, etc) that the bookshelf is allowed to go and you will then be responsible for stocking the shelves and keeping it organized! Please call the United Fund office and ask for more details!

Annual Community Spelling Bee

The Annual Community Spelling Bee is a fundraiser started by our student board members, for the 1,2,3 Read to Me program. All proceeds go to Norwalk Area United Fund’s education programs.

This year, our goal is to raise $4000. Our first year, 2015, we raised $1901 for literacy, last year we grew by 45% with a net of $2759 and this year we want to increase another 45%!


46-51% of American adults have income below poverty levels because of their inability to read.”


“90% of food stamp recipients are high school dropouts.”


“One child in four in the United States grows up not knowing how to read”


“Two-thirds of students in the US who cannot read proficiently by the end of fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.”


“Kids in poverty own an average of just 9 books.”


“Poor literacy is associated with reduced access to affordable healthcare, a lack of insurance benefits, a lower incidence of preventative care and vaccinations.”