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The 21

Join Us on June 21

This Friday: volunteer, eat some snacks, and join us in watching The 21!

If you would like to volunteer locally for Day of Action, click here. We are painting Book Nooks with Exactech, United Way of North Central Florida’s Women’s Leadership Council, Bosshardt Realty Services, Golder Associates, Junior League of Gainesville, Sunrise Rotary Club of Gainesville, Gainesville Women’s Club, and Carr Riggs & Ingram, and will be livestreaming The 21!

United Way Worldwide is partnering with Google to host The 21, a twenty-one hour broadcast of live programming in support of worldwide education.

Starting at 3:00 a.m. (EST) on June 21, we'll broadcast 21 hours of live programming through Google Hangout, an easy to use technology that allows users to participate in video call from wherever they are through computers, tablets or phones. This first of its kind event will feature celebrities from the sports world, entertainment, leaders in the education field, and also everyday heroes who are making a difference in their communities through education.

The programming featured will be a mix of town hall style community conversations with viral video content. Think of it as a telethon reinvented for the digital age, except our goal isn't to get money, it's to recruit 21,000 people to pledge to become volunteer readers, tutors or mentors.

The 21 will be broken up into 30 minute or hour long blocks which will each have their own theme, so you can check out the portion of the day that's of greatest interest to you. All programming will be focused on education and related volunteer activities.

The 21 is part of United Way's Day of Action, an annual event on June 21 of each year where United Ways throughout the world harness their power to positively change communities. On the ground Day of Action volunteer events will be held in communities across the country and around the world.

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