LAFAYETTE— The United Way of Acadiana offers Williams, director of volunteer mobilization, said in a news release.

The agency has 167 United Way Readers who have helped more than 250 students, the release stated.

For more information or to register for the Thursday training, visit and click “Education.” training for volunteers interested in helping improve the reading skills of first- and second-grade students at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Early Learning Center, 1004 S. Martin Luther King Drive, St. Martinville.

The United Way Readers program partners volunteers with students who struggle with reading. The program places volunteers in Lafayette, Acadia and St. Martin parishes for one-hour weekly reading sessions for a minimum of 10 weeks.

Last year, nearly 80 percent of students paired with a United Way Reader improved their overall reading scores, according to an agency news release.

“Our United Way Readers in Lafayette, Acadia and St. Martin parishes provide much-needed reading practice time in conjunction with classroom teachers, helping to put students on a path toward academic success,” Keler