Gannett Company Inc., parent company of the Staunton News Leader, has donated $5,500 to United Way of Greater Augusta to support its Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. This gift allows for the addition of 180 families to the program, reducing the waiting list from ten months to two months.
“The Dolly Parton Imagination Library has been very popular with families in the Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County area, and we greatly appreciate Gannett’s generous support.” states Cynthia Pritchard, CEO of the United Way of Greater Augusta. “Through the program, children receive high quality, age-appropriate books every month from birth to age five at no cost to their families. And independent studies have shown that simply having books available in a child’s home drastically improves early childhood literacy.”
Registration forms for the Imagination Library are available through the United Way of Greater Augusta office located in Fishersville. For more information regarding the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, please contact Anne McPherson at [email protected] or by calling (540) 885-1229. Also, please visit our Web site at www.unitedwayga.org.
About Dolly Parton Imagination Library
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a unique early-years book gifting program that mails brand-new, age-appropriate book to enrolled children every month from birth until five years of age, creating a home library of up to 60 books and instilling the love of books and reading from an early age. The program has seen phenomenal success and has grown to over 50,000,000 free books delivered throughout four countries.
About United Way of Greater Augusta
United Way of Greater Augusta is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting, positive changes in communities and people’s lives. Building on more than a century of service as the nation’s preeminent community-based fundraiser, United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way of Greater Augusta tackle issues based on local needs. Common focus areas include helping children and youth succeed, improving access to health care, promoting self-sufficiency, and strengthening families. For more information about United Way of Greater Augusta, please visit: www.unitedwayga.org.
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