• Sponsor a Child in Imagination Library on Giving Tuesday!

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    November 18, 2021
    WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.  This year, #GivingTuesday will be November 30th, 2021.  #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. 
    With United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties you can get involved by making a $30.00 donation and sponsoring a child in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.  This program mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until the age of five every month.  A donation of $30.00 will cover one year of free books for a child in south Wood County.
    Imagination Library was implemented in south Wood County in 2017 by United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties’ Women United.  Currently 535 children in south Wood County receive books each month.  There are no income requirements for the children enrolled, they just need to be a resident in Wisconsin Rapids, Nekoosa, Port Edwards, Rudolph or Vesper. 
    Children who begin the program first receive “The Little Engine That Could.” When the child turns five he/she gets a final book titled “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”  Each book is selected with a special purpose, based on the age of the recipient.
    Tari Jahns, United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties’ CEO, is also a founding member of Women United.  “We brought Imagination Library to south Wood County because we know how important it is for parents and guardians to read to their children” said Tari.  “80% of brain development in a child occurs by the age of three. By the age of one, a child may not be able to say many words, but can understand an average of 70 words.  Babies and toddlers are like a sponge so it’s crucial that we do our best to transform them into learners so they are ready for kindergarten.  One way to do this is to read to a child for 20 minutes every day!”
    United Way recognizes that it’s not always easy to read for 20 minutes every day.  Sometimes it’s also hard for parents to find the time to go to the library, or may have transportation issues.  We also know that when children have a collection of their own books at home, they are more likely to read. 
    To make a $30 donation to United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties’ Imagination Library, visit our website at www.uwswac.org

    About United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties
    United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties is focused on the building blocks of a better life:  Education, Financial Stability, Health and Safety Net Services.  We mobilize our community in these areas by: supporting partner programs, community coalitions, and initiatives; providing 2-1-1 and Volunteer Center programs; and creating collaborative partnerships within our community.
    You can help when you LIVE UNITED:  Give, Advocate and Volunteer.  To learn more please visit www.uwswac.org
    Taylor Pemble, Marketing Director
    Taylor@uwswac.org, (715) 421-0390