We benefit the preschool children of Ashe county, North Carolina, ages birth to age 5, by providing the gift of books to promote reading for pleasure and lifelong learning.
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Imagination Ashe Facts
Building our Non Profit Organization
2007 – 2016
- Imagination Ashe is a fully accredited affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, founded in 1996 by Dolly Parton in Sevier County, Tennessee.
- Our goal is to increase literacy in Ashe County.
- Beth Dixon was our affiliate founder and personal acquaintance of Miss Parton.
- Registered Ashe County Children received their first books in January 2007. We started our program with 225 children.
- Funds to support Imagination Ashe are obtained at the local level from individuals, civic organizations and businesses.
- NO funding comes from the Dolly Parton Foundation or other large corporate donors.
- We currently serve 650 preschool children from all 11 zip codes in Ashe County at a monthly budget of $1,500 per month.
- All monies collected for this project go directly to the purchase of books, promotion of the project and educating the community about the importance of early childhood literacy.
- Our early efforts as an organization were to make the community aware of our program.
- Next, we worked diligently on becoming our own 501(c)(3) organization.
- We then tried to increase our enrollment to reach more children. (We have tripled enrollment since we started in 2007!).
- We are now working on funding the increased number of participants. Won’t you help us?
Donations can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 1745, Jefferson, NC 28640. 336-384-4255
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