UWTC and Friends Create Shower of Books for Young Children

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United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) volunteers gave bags of new books to 133 children from birth to age five during the Early Childhood New Book Shower on Saturday, July 29. Each bag contained three new books and a variety of early childhood education resources for families.

Thanks to donors, United Way volunteers were able to bag up over 1100 books, with an estimated value of over $5000. Remaining bags of new books will be available at upcoming events in the county, including Transylvania County Library’s Hullabaloo early and emergent reader programs, and on the Transylvania County Library Bookmobile.

The book shower is an example of businesses, government agencies, non-profits and individuals working together to produce focused outcomes in the community. The Early Childhood New Book Shower was a collaborative effort produced by Dollar Tree of Brevard, Friends of the Library, Highland Books, PNC Bank, The Family Place, The Scholastic Possible Fund, Transylvania County Library, and United Way of Transylvania County.

“United Way of Transylvania County is focused on early childhood education as a way to empower young Transylvanians to grow into a future full of opportunities. Putting books into the hands of preschool children can help prepare them for kindergarten and future academic success,” explained Hammond George, Publicity Director for UWTC.

United Way and Smart Start, as the Smartly United Early Childhood Collective (SUECC), are working to encourage conversations and collaboration across the county and facilitate children and their families in preparation for success in kindergarten. SUECC uses the Collective Impact model to add energy to cross-sector collaboration toward transformational growth in early childhood education opportunities for Transylvania County.

“Besides giving books to children, the book shower also provided a great opportunity for us to collect some important input from local families about needs and opportunities for expansion of early childhood education in the county. United Way plans to share the results with agencies that can drive progress in that area,” explains Rachel Keeney, Smartly United Collective Impact Facilitator.

About United Way

United Way of Transylvania County’s fiscal year 2017-2018 campaign goal is $475,000. Campaign contributions support initiatives including www.VolunteerTransylvania.org community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and  MyFreeTaxes.com free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions.

UWTC funds programs providing early childhood education resources, after-school and summer youth programs, adult day care, health services, financial education and counseling, youth conflict resolution training, parenting education, resources and support, and funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect.

UWTC empowers people to improve their lives.  Specific goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit www.unitedwaytransylvania.org  or https://www.facebook.com/UnitedwayTC.

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