Megan is from Lafayette, and like so many others in Louisiana, her family's financial stability was greatly affected by the downturn in the oilfield economy. Megan and her husband had to make tough choices for their budget and struggled to make ends meet. But Dolly Parton's Imagination Library's books allowed her to continue to share her love of reading with her child despite their family's budget constraints.
"This program enables parents to work toward giving their children a better start," Megan said. "And it helps to create a better relationship between a child and their parents through reading."
Currently, United Way of Acadiana is investing $24,000 each month into providing free age-appropriate books to 11,000 other children like Megan's who are age 0 to 5 in Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes. We are able to provide this to families because of the generous support of community donors and the members of the United Way of Acadiana Women's Leadership Council. It's part of our mission to increase their chances of graduating high school on time. And Dolly Parton's Imagination Library provides children the education fundamentals that put them on the path to succeed in school.
Unfortunately, due to an increase in interest and limited resources, all new registrants will be added to our waiting list. Once funds are available, children on our waiting list will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Children already enrolled in the program will not be affected and will continue to receive books; however, all new registrants received for the remainder of 2016 will be added to our waiting list.
We hope to raise enough money to provide books to more children and the hundreds of other Acadiana children who are currently on a waiting list. As we work to raise additional funds, please consider sharing this message with people you know who may be able to help us fundraise to continue expanding this program to children in Acadiana.
Click here to donate directly to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library or Text key code GIVEBOOKS to 41444.
More than 20,000 children have benefitted from this program since 2009, but hundreds more are waiting for this opportunity. Together, we can ensure this program will continue to enrich the lives of local children.
Eligible children must be 0-4 years of age and live in Lafayette, Acadia, St. Martin or Vermilion parish to be eligible to receive FREE books.