Pre-school readiness directly addresses the root causes of poverty.

We think that’s important.

Our signature initiative: All Ages Read Together

In 2013 the congregation unanimously voted to sponsor All Ages Read Together (AART) as its first signature initiative. AART is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that is dedicated to serving low and moderate income preschool-aged children.

Following a collective effort to identify a social justice opportunity that addressed poverty alleviation, our congregation unanimously selected AART, a local nonprofit that provides free pre-school readiness programs to disadvantaged children, as its first “Signature Initiative” to advance social justice by leveling the educational playing field for poor kids.  The program was selected because pre-school readiness directly addresses the root causes of poverty, an area of keen interest to our members. We believe an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

AART provides free programs to children in Loudoun and Fairfax counties who are at risk of entering kindergarten in need of extensive remedial instruction that can cost an extra $3,500 per child annually. UUCL volunteers of all ages participate by teaching, reading with, and translating for AART’s young students, donating school supplies and winter outerwear, and more.