HART COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DONATES $1,000 TO UNITED WAY’S IMAGINATION LIBRARY PROGRAM; ISSUES C27-Jan-2016
HART COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DONATES $1,000
TO UNITED WAY’S IMAGINATION LIBRARY PROGRAM;
ISSUES CHALLENGE TO COMMUNITY
(January 27, 2016 – Munfordville, KY) – During the Hart County Chamber of Commerce luncheon today held at the Hart County Fairgrounds in Rowletts, the Hart County Chamber of Commerce made a check presentation in the amount of $1,000 to United Way of Southern Kentucky in support of its Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in Hart County. As a result of this donation, children across Hart County under the age of five will have the opportunity to be enrolled into the Imagination Library program to receive one book per month mailed to their home free of charge to the families.
As part of the presentation, the Hart County Chamber of Commerce also issued a challenge to other businesses and individuals in Hart County to make their own donation to the program in support of Hart County children. As such, businesses and individuals can donate any amount desired to the program (cost for one child for one year is $35) by mailing a check made payable to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to the Hart County Chamber of Commerce (P.O. Box 688, Munfordville, KY 42765) by June 30th when the challenge officially ends. All donations are tax deductible.
Ideas suggested to help generate donations include hosting a fundraising event at a workplace or challenging friends and family to sponsor a child. The Hart County Chamber of Commerce is hoping to raise $8,000 as a result of the challenge by June 30th in order to enroll all current preschool children in Hart County into the program. There are currently 1,184 children in Hart County who qualify for enrollment into United Way’s Imagination Library program as of 12/31/15 with 136 children already currently enrolled as a result of previous donations. It is estimated that approximately 42.4% of children currently living in Hart County are living at or below the poverty line.
Those who choose to participate with matching donations will receive a certificate of recognition in addition to recognition through United Way of Southern Kentucky social media outlets and will be recognized at the July 13th Hart County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was initiated in east Tennessee in 1995 by Dolly Parton and since inception, over 60 million books have been distributed to children across four countries. Recognizing the need to strengthen and support early literacy efforts and to ensure all young children get the best start possible, United Way of Southern Kentucky adopted Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in 2011. The first book mailed to each child is “The Little Engine That Could” and upon graduating the program, the month the child turns 5, they receive “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come.” Support of the Imagination Library from generous contributions like those made by the Hart County Chamber of Commerce help to ensure children in our communities have access to books, thereby increasing their chance for future success.
United Way’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library increases the accessibility of books in all households, regardless of income. When books are accessible in the home, children gain an appreciation for reading and are better prepared for kindergarten. The program is designed to build a stronger community by ensuring all children have access to the essential tools to build stronger literacy skills. Thus far, locally more than 78,000 books have been mailed to over 4,500 children across Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, and Warren Counties.
For more information about United Way’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, log on to the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at www.liveunitedtoday.com.
United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) is a local, independent, non-profit organization that works to identify and address the issues that matter most, change conditions and improve lives in our community. United Way is focused on the building blocks for good quality of life – Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Incorporated as a charitable non-profit entity in 1956, UWSK has long served a major role in the community by bringing people together to create opportunities that make a measurable difference in the quality of life for people where they live and work. The mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky is to be the leader in bringing together the resources to build a stronger, more caring community.
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