Curtis Simpson, Covington County’s Imagination Library Coordinator, sits with a sampling of books that are sent to local children for free. Funds from PowerSouth’s United Fund contribution will benefit the program, as well as many other non-profit organizations in Covington County.
It almost seems too simple to be true. Simply reading regularly with your child during his preschool years gives him the biggest boost toward a successful education he’ll ever get.
Imagination Library, a national program developed by country singer Dolly Parton, helps parents of children in Covington County gain access to free books for children age birth to kindergarten. The program is free to participating families due to funds from local businesses, private donors and an annual contribution from the Covington County United Fund Campaign.
PowerSouth and its employees have strengthened the United Fund’s reach with a contribution of more than $11,800 to the Covington County United Fund. The United Fund raises money to enable member agencies to deliver human care services in the local area. Along with Imagination Library, the United Fund supports more than 20 organizations, including the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Meals on Wheels, Sav-A-Life Pregnancy Center, youth sports and public libraries. Through its donation, PowerSouth helps improve the lives of hundreds of Covington County citizens.
“We currently mail books to 680 children’s homes each month,” says Curtis Simpson, the county’s Imagination Library Coordinator. “That’s an age-appropriate book, mailed every month, for more than five years.”
The cost to run the program is more than $1,500 month. An annual contribution from Covington County’s United Fund helps fray the costs, assuring preschool children in the county reap the advantages of the program.
“Through the United Fund, we have the opportunity to give to causes that will build our community and strengthen humanity – like Imagination Library,” said Mark Ingram, PowerSouth Communications Manager. “We chose to donate funds to the Covington County United Fund because of their commitment to creating safe and healthy local communities.”
Charitable giving and community service go hand-in-hand with PowerSouth’s vision statement — “Exceeding Expectations Every Day” — and one of PowerSouth’s core values — community development.
“PowerSouth strives to cultivate the best possible opportunities for the communities in and around our service area,” Ingram said. “The local United Fund is a good fit for us, because the funds are used locally.”
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