NBT Bank Donates to United Way of Susquehanna County’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program

NBT Bank Donates to United Way of Susquehanna County’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program

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NBT Bank Donates to United Way of Susquehanna County’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program

Pictured: Kim Smith, NBT Bank

 

(New Milford, PA), United Way of Susquehanna County (UWSC) is grateful to its community partner, NBT Bank, for its recent donation of $1,500 to help fund, in part, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL).  Introduced in 2016, United Way of Susquehanna County currently has 792 children residing in Susquehanna County enrolled with 392 graduating from the program.

With UWSC’s goal of “Helping Children Do Well”, the DPIL program provides free, age appropriate books to children from birth up to age 5 with books mailed directly to the child’s home monthly. By the time the child turns age 5, he or she will have 60 books on their home library shelf. While UWSC’s emphasis is enrolling at risk children, there is no cost to enroll in this program as it is fully funded thanks to generous United Way of Susquehanna County donors.

Countless studies indicated the importance of children having access to quality books to promote early childhood development which is a strong indicator of academic success. Many families, especially now with the pandemic, struggle to make ends meet and are living at or below the poverty line. In Susquehanna County 80 % of children age 5 and under are living in economically disadvantaged households. When it comes to making difficult decisions whether to pay rent, buy groceries or pay utilities, often times there isn’t enough to buy learning materials and books. “United Way is grateful to NBT Bank for its investment in this program and our community”, said Kim Merithew, UWSC Director of Corporate and Community Giving.

“NBT Bank and our employees are proud to support United Way of Susquehanna County’s work”, said, Kim Smith, Vice President-Retail Market Manager, Northern PA Market.  Said Smith, “Our company seeks to be a good corporate citizen by continuing its generosity with sponsorships and contributions and our employees are encouraged to volunteer in community activities which support local organizations and build ongoing relationships.”

If you would like to learn more about the DPIL program, make a donation or enroll your child, please visit unitedwayofsusquehannacounty.org website.