United Way of Northwest Louisiana and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library want to help more kids have books in their homes. Through the program, carefully selected books are delivered directly to the child’s home – one per month – until their 5th birthday! That means, by the time he goes to kindergarten, he’ll have his own library full of wonderful worlds and far-off places. He’ll be more excited to read and to learn, setting him up for a productive future. Thanks to United Way of Northwest Louisiana and other community partners, all of the preschoolers in the Natchitoches Parish community can now have their own Imagination Library. Every child will have books of their very own, at no cost to you. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a FREE GIFT to our children! All you have to do is read to your children.
Who Is Eligible?
- Preschool children (birth until their fifth birthday) of Natchitoches Parish.
What Are My Responsibilities?
- Be a resident of Natchitoches Parish.
- Submit an official registration form, completely filled out by parent or guardian (form must be approved and on file with United Way of Northwest Louisiana).
- Notify United Way of Northwest Louisiana any time your address changes. Books are mailed to the address listed on the official registration form. If the child’s address changes, you must contact your friends at the address on this brochure in order to continue receiving books.
- Read with your child
Louisiana Initiative for Nonprofit & Community Collaboration (LINCC) is a web-based community platform that brings community resources together through one portal, providing data, knowledge and interactive tools for effective collaboration between nonprofits, government, funders, and other stakeholders about a wide range of issues which impact the quality of life of Northwest Louisiana, such as homelessness, health, education, and workforce development. LINCC provides information on all exempt organizations to assist grant makers, service providers, and those wishing to volunteer, contribute, and collaborate with organizations and others dedicated to improving the quality of life in Bossier Parish, Caddo Parish, DeSoto Parish, Natchitoches Parish, and Webster Parish. LINCC enhances a nationwide database of the nonprofit sector created by the Washington, D.C.-based National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS).
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