Hickory Rotary Assists Partnership for Children and Imagination Library

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Hickory Rotary Club recently assisted with painting at the new facility for the Catawba County Partnership for Children. The new facility is located at 738 4th Street SW, Hickory, NC and is home to the Catawba County Partnership for Children, The Children’s Resource Center, Early Childhood Support Team, NC Pre-K Program, Creation Station and Imagination Library.

Workday2 008Before the paint dried, Hickory Rotary Club president David Moore presented a check for $25,000 to Kim Holden, Executive Director, Catawba County Partnership for Children, to support Imagination Library.

In 2011 Hickory Rotary club donated $15,000 to help launch Imagination Library in Catawba County. In 2012 the club donated $12,500 and in 2013 the club provided another donation of $15,000. In May 2014 Hickory Rotary donated $20,000 and in October 2014, the club donated an additional $25,000. Hickory Rotary Club’s support of Imagination Library now totals $87,500, providing 43,750 books to children in our community.

These donations were made possible by the club’s successful fundraising activities, including Hickory Rotary Club’s annual Rotarian Idol competition which is scheduled for March 14, 2015 at P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir Rhyne University. Hickory Rotary’s clubs ongoing commitment of financial support continues to provide necessary assistance, and is consistent with the club’s continued commitment to and support of local educational initiatives.

Imagination Library is administered locally by the Catawba County Partnership for Children, a local non-profit agency that works to ensure that children in our county begin school healthy and prepared for success. Children enrolled in Imagination Library are mailed a free, age-appropriate book each month until they turn 5 years old. Since its inception in April 2011, the program has grown to serve over 4,500 Catawba County children each month.

Dolly Parton originally launched the Imagination Library program in 1996 to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee. The program has since spread to over 1600 local communities, currently serving over 794,000 children, throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is in its second three-year partnership as an official Service Partner with Rotary International.

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General Info

  • Meeting Time:
    Thursdays from 12:00PM to 1:15PM
  • Meeting Location:
    430 17th Avenue NW,
    Hickory, North Carolina 28601