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Give the gift of reading on #GIVINGTUESDAY

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Nov 17, 2015
by Jarid Brown





We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It's a simple idea.

Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity by giving the Gift of Reading to a child in our community.


gift_of_reading_photoA small investment in our children today will pay a lifetime of dividends!


Since launching our local Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program, United Way of Central Illinois has provided more than 90,000 books (including engagement activities) to help preschool age children across Sangamon County develop reading skills and share the joy of lifelong learning! We understand, a small investment will have a tremendous impact on families and futures, and with your gift, you will be helping parents and children begin a lifelong journey of learning together.



How your gift helps:

Your gift of reading supports the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program, which provides a new age-appropriate book, each and every month, to preschool children living in Sangamon County. Your $25 gift provides a full year of books (12 total) for one child.

The program is open to all children, under the age of 5, who live in Sangamon County, and it is completely free to families -- they just have to sign up!


Your gift of $25 or more will help United Way of Central Illinois:

    • Improve community literacy, creating stronger families, a stronger economy, and providing a lifetime of opportunity for our children
    • Ensure our community's children are better prepared to learn and succeed


Your gift of reading at work: 

    • A $25 charitable gift will provide a full year's worth of monthly books to a child in Sangamon County.
    • A $100 charitable gift will provide a full year's worth of books to 4 children in Sangamon County.
    • A $250 charitable gift will provide a full year's worth of books to 10 children in Sangamon County.


This year consider giving the gift of reading to a child in our community.


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Checks may be mailed to: United Way of Central Illinois, 1999 Wabash Ave., Suite 107, Springfield, IL. 62704.

Please indicate that your gift is to be designated Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.




Learn how your business can become a sponsor of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, call Jarid Brown at 217-726-7000