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Community Foundation and United Way Support Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Community Foundation and United Way Support Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Grants will help the program continue to serve local families.

PR Newswire

FREDERICK, Md., June 11, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Grants from The Community Foundation of Frederick County and United Way of Frederick County are providing support to the Frederick County Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program.

The national Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five regardless of their family's income. Frederick County's participation in the program began in 2018 through a Striving Readers grant provided to Frederick County Public Schools. As of February 2021, 396 children are Dolly Parton readers in Frederick County, enrolled through programs focused on low-income families: the Judy Centers at Lincoln, Waverley, Hillcrest and Butterfly Ridge Elementary Schools; Family Partnership of Frederick County; Head Start; Healthy Families Frederick; and the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick.

A grant from The Jean Ellis and Florence Guss Memorial Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation, and a gift from The Marion P. Lee Trust to the United Way of Frederick County is supporting the Frederick County Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program and will help it continue to serve local families. The program helps parents develop their important role as teacher and spend more time in conversation with their child. Children also build a connection to the written word and stories and an early confidence in learning and thinking – critical skills for their first forays into language arts, math, and writing.

About The Community Foundation of Frederick County

Since 1986, generous citizens have turned to the credibility and expertise of The Community Foundation of Frederick County to establish funds that provide scholarships to deserving students and grants to worthy nonprofit organizations, contributing more than $71 million throughout Frederick County. For additional information about the Community Foundation, visit

About United Way of Frederick County

For over 80 years, United Way of Frederick County has been fighting to achieve lasting change by identifying the ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) and impoverished families in Frederick County and working to strengthen their education, financial stability, and health to build a strong, viable community. Our work focuses on helping children and youth be successful in school and achieve their potential through education; helping people obtain the tools they need to become financially stable and independent; and ensuring our neighbors in need have access to healthy, nutritious food and healthcare.

United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, health providers, senior citizens, students, and others. The organization provides grants to local nonprofits, offers programs such as free tax preparation and matched savings, mobilizes volunteers, and engages in public policy advocacy. To learn more about United Way and how you can get involved, please visit

Media Contact

Max Cole, Community Foundation of Frederick County, 301.695.7660 x304,


SOURCE Community Foundation of Frederick County

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