United Way of Southwest Wyoming Receives $4,000 Wells Fargo Grant

United Way of Southwest Wyoming Receives $4,000 Wells Fargo Grant

Wells Fargo employees presented Kelly Frink, United Way of Southwest Wyoming Executive Co-Director with a check in the amount of $4,000 for the Dolly Parton’s Imaginations Library program in Southwest Wyoming. Pictured from left to right are: Clint Gillum, Wells Fargo District Manager, Bereket Abraha, Wells Fargo Rock Springs Store Manager, Travis Samulski, Wells Fargo Business Relationship Manager Judy Washam, Wells Fargo Business Associate, Matt Burgess, Wells Fargo Business Banking Manager and Kelly Frink, United Way of Southwest Wyoming Executive Co-Director.

SWEETWATER COUNTY — To help improve reading scores and kindergarten readiness, United Way of Southwest Wyoming (UWSW), in partnership with a grant from Wells Fargo, will provide books to more than 114 preschool children in Southwest Wyoming communities for one year.

The $4,000 Wells Fargo grant will provide books to children birth to five years of age through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails one book a month, for free, to every enrolled child’s home.

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Since 2010, more than 5,000 Southwest Wyoming children have received books through the program. The Dollywood Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dolly Parton’s organization, pays for the books and UWSW covers the shipping and handling charges through charitable donations and grants, like the one from Wells Fargo.

UWSW raises funds to pay for the shipping of the books, make the program accessible to all preschool children in their area, promote the program, register the children, and enter the information into a database. The Dollywood Foundation manages the system to deliver the books to the home. United Ways across the United States have partnered with this program.

“The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program puts books in the hands of children, parents then have the tools they need to read regularly with children during their preschool years. Parents who read to their children are giving them a boost toward a successful education,” said Kelly Frink, United Way of Southwest Wyoming Executive Co-Director.  

“Our goal is to increase kindergarten readiness, third grade reading scores and high school graduation rates, and this program is helping us do this,” Frink said.

For more information on how you can help more children in Southwest Wyoming receive age-appropriate books, please contact United Way at 307-362-5003 or visit their website.