Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Women In Philanthropy

Welcome Baby has many wonderful community supporters. One organization we'd like to spotlight that has always been a great supporter of our program is Women in Philanthropy.  Recently they hosted a wonderful fundraiser luncheon to help us raise money to purchase children books to support our goal of early childhood literacy.

Women in Philanthropy's mission is to "Build an influential force of women philanthropists who develop financial resources, unite in service and stand as advocates for programs, initiatives and community affairs that benefit women and children in Utah County."  We are very fortunate in Utah County to have such a wonderful group of women advocating and actively participating in making Utah County a stronger community.

From their generous donations they were able to raise about $800 and from that money we will be able to purchase about 500 books.  Those books will go into the homes of the families our trained volunteers visit and to the families who attend our free parenting classes.  We are so grateful for their support and generous donations.

Helping our children love reading and assisting them to read is a priceless gift not only for our children, but for our community. Stephanie Anderson, our Early Childhood Literacy Specialist, spoke about the importance of reading to our children. She read a wonderful book, King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood and captivated the whole audience with her own love for reading.  She quoted Tony Steed by saying, "Listening comprehension precedes reading comprehension."  So one of our goals at Welcome Baby is to get books into the homes of our families here in Utah County and encourage reading as a means of parent/child bonding and reading development.

Again, we would like to thank Women in Philanthropy for their support!

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