River Valley Reads (RVR), the literacy program of River Valley Resources, and the Jefferson County United Way have jointly applied for a matching grant of up to $100,000 to help fund and bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Jefferson County.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a unique program that mails a new, age-appropriate book to the homes of children every month from birth to age 5. As local affiliate organizations, RVR and United Way will promote the program and sign up children to receive their free books.
The money raised will help establish and fully fund the program for three years. The intention in the future is to reapply for grants and ask the community to help sustain it for many years to come.
Launched in 1995 in Dolly Parton’s hometown of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library now mails more than a million books per month to children around the world.
Money can be donated to the Jefferson County Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library by mailing a check payable to the United Way with “DPIL” on the memo line to 100 East Second Street, Madison, Indiana 47250. Up to $50,000 will be matched and any of the $100,000 not spent will be applied to the fourth and subsequent years of the program.
For more information, email Tracy Geglein at tracy@rivervalleyresources.com or Sheila Coffin at jcunitedway@gmail.com