IMAGINATION LIBRARY/UNITED WAY OF MERCER COUNTY
SERVING THE SHENANGO VALLEY AND GREENVILLE / NORTHERN MERCER COUNTY
AMOUNT DONATED: $4,300
United Way of Mercer County champions quality programs for children and families in our region. Leveraging resources and advocating for opportunities, United Way is a catalyst for innovative learning and creative programs that educate and inspire children and youth. As part of our mission, United Way of Mercer County is collaborating with our partners to offer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a dynamic book ownership program for young children.
Giving Week Progress:
FUNDRAISING GOAL: $5,000
Programs Supported by Your Donations
United Way of Mercer County is proud to launch Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for children from birth to age 5 in our region as a strategic effort to ignite early learning through a book ownership. Once children are enrolled, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails books monthly directly to children until their 5th birthday at no cost to families.
Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring them to dream. The impact of the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is part of our regional initiative to increase kindergarten readiness through sparking early learning and reading. United Way of Mercer County is the local champion working with area partners to secure funds that go directly to support books for children in our community.
All funds raised go directly to monthly books for children; there are no administrative costs. The costs for participation in The Imagination Library is $2.10 per child per month towards wholesale books and mailing costs, for a yearly total of $25.20 per child.
Needs that Cannot beMet without Your Help
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library offers an important resource to families, especially during the time of isolation and limited resources. Sending books to a child is a gift that allows them to dream and explore from their own home. Through The Imagination Library our goal is provide a window to the world of possibilities to the children of Mercer County offering comfort and companionship during this time of change and uncertainty. Through PA OH Gives, United Way of Mercer County is seeking to build a foundation of community support for our children.