United Way announces goal, partnership with Dolly Parton Imagination Library

The United Way of the Flint Hills hopes to raise $575,000 over the next two-plus months to help its community partners.

The goal was announced at a special kickoff breakfast at the Emporia State Memorial Union Webb Hall. The drive is off to a good start, with the Pacesetters -- a core group of roughly 30 area businesses who start their fundraising drives early -- already raising close to $300,000.

Ken Buchele, one of four drive chairs this year, is pleased the drive is off to a good start.

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Last year's drive raised over $565,000.

During the breakfast, United Way Director Jami Reever announced a special partnership between the Unitd Way and several charitable organizations to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to the United Way's coverage area -- Lyon, Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris, Osage and Woodson counties -- for at least the next five years. The program, founded by the famous country singer in 1996, will send a "developmentally appropriate" book each month to youngsters in these counties at no cost to their families.

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Children up to age five are eligible.

Information from KVOE News reporter AJ Dome was used in this report.

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