The 4Community2 grant is funded by the Lilly Endowment with the two-fold purpose of spurring campaign growth and funding community impact targeted efforts within the Wabash Valley.
The matching grant will address early childhood education literacy efforts through Unite Way's Success By 6 Program.
Success By 6 is a community-based program initiated by the United Way of the Wabash Valley designed to provide every child with the opportunity to gain basic reading skills by age 6 and enter Kindergarten ready to learn.
By a donor increasing his or her gift during both the 2008 and/or 2009 campaigns, United Way of the Wabash Valley can use the grant to match the amount of the increase.
If a donor contributed $250 last year and increased his or her gift to $500, United Way would receive $250 of grant money in addition to the $500 gift.
If a potential donor did not contribute last year and chooses to do so this year, the United Way of the Wabash Valley will receive a match on the entire gift.
By increasing the gift, donors will boost funding to meet early childhood education needs today and work to address the underlying issues that create those needs.
All donor dollars will be counted in the campaigns.
The grant dollars will be used to further early childhood education and literacy strategies and initiatives in the Wabash Valley, initially through a program called "Mother Goose on the Loose."
The United Way of the Wabash Valley has sufficient new campaign dollars to claim $126,240 in match money.
United Way of the Wabash Valley will continue to pursue in new money in order to claim the remaining match money available.
"Mother Goose on the Loose" is an early childhood literacy program that combines rhymes and songs to help pre-reading children get ready for reading.
It incorporates music, movement, ritual, repetition, positive reinforcement, developmental tips, nursery rhymes, illustrations, puppets, musical instruments, colored scarves and book reading into a fun-filled thirty minute session for children with their parent or caregiver.
It can be used as an infant/toddler program in a public library, as a circle time in preschool, or as an after school activity for a Kindergarten class.
United Way of the Wabash Valley and the Vigo County Public Library, partners in this project, look forward to collaborating in early childhood education and literacy thanks to Success By 6 and Mother Goose.
They expect "Mother Goose on the Loose" to begin this spring of 2009. Good news for our community.