United Way of Greater Nashville announced July 28 plans to use a $25,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to support the Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee in Williamson County in partnership with The Dollywood Foundation.
The program will provide one book a month to over 2,000 children in the area ages 0-5 for a year at no cost to their families.
“With the rate of unemployment, public library closures and many caregivers’ hesitancy to go out in public to purchase books, the gift of a monthly book delivered directly to a child’s home, regardless of economic background, has been a light for many who are struggling. We are grateful for PNC’s generosity and helping to instill a love of reading for children in our community,” United Way of Greater Nashville president and CEO Brian Hassett said in a release from the organization. “We hope this gift inspires others to support early literacy and to give kids in our neighborhoods the right start in life.”