United Way of Northwest Alabama receives $5,000 grant from the Grainger Foundation

The Grainger Foundation Supports
United Way of Northwest Alabama

Florence, AL, December 12, 2016 – The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation located in Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $5,000 to United Way of Northwest Alabama in support of its mission to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community to create lasting change.

“This grant will be used to support United Way’s Success by 6 Program,” said Emily Rhodes, Success by 6 Director. “We support early literacy and preschool preparedness. We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”

Success by 6 currently servesNorthwest Alabama children and teachers in Colbert, Lauderdale, and Franklin Counties through its Dolly Parton Imagination Library, where children enrolled receive free monthly books by mail from the time they are enrolled until they turn 5. There are currently 729 children in Northwest Alabama enrolled in the Imagination Library. This number can increase to 1,000 through the grant from The Grainger Foundation. In addition, since 2013, Success By 6 has provided tools to Pre-K teachers in Northwest Alabama to increase parental involvement and overall school readiness of students.
This donation was recommended by John Hunter, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s Huntsville location. Grainger has been a part of the Florence business community for more than 35 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products. “We are proud to recommend the programs offered by United Way’s Success by 6 Program,” said Hunter. “We understand the need for early literacy and Pre-K readiness, and the benefits it can have on school success, graduation rates, and ultimately a strong workforce.”
The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

To achieve the greatest impact on lives in our communities, United Way of Northwest Alabama focuses efforts and resources around three core issues: education, financial stability, and health. To learn more about the United Way of Northwest Alabama, visit http://www.uwnwal.org.

For further information about Grainger contact:
Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations at joseph.micucci@grainger.com

For further information about Success by 6 contact:
Emily Rhodes, Success by 6 Director at successby6@uwshoals.org.

For further information about United Way of Northwest Alabama contact:
Beth Haddock, Executive Director at bhaddock@uwshoals.org

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