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"Too many American families have insufficient or no prescription drug coverage at all," said Amy Foley, Executive Director of the Grove City Area United Way. "Healthcare costs are one of the top concerns for people in our community and the FamilyWize discount prescription drug
The Grove City Area United Way is partner in change.
The GCAUW brings together people from all across the community to tackle the issues that matter most. If it requires fundraising or just getting people to work together to address and meet an identified need, that's what the United Way does. One of its focus areas is helping children and youth succeed.
The GCAUW has partnered with the Grove City Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and the Grove City Area School District to begin the Food for Kids backpack program. Food for Kids provides much - needed weekend supplies of meals and snacks to children who may not have enough food to eat over the weekend during the school year. "With nearly a third of the children in our school district qualifying for free or reduced meals at school and the number of families registering with the local food pantry continuing to rise, there are many children in Grove City who are not receiving the amount of food they truly need to live healthy lives," says Grove City Area United Way Excutive Director Amy Foley. "We are thrilled with the Young Professionals and the School District and are grateful they share the same passion as the United Way to see that no child in our community goes hungry and that they receive the support they need to succeed."
The GCAUW operated its fifth year of their Stuff the Bus program. Stuff the Bus provides brand new backpacks filled with new school supplies to families in need, enabling children to start the school year off with the supplies needed to be successful. In its five years of Stuff the Bus, the GCAUW has distributed over 600 backpacks to Grove City Area School District students in need.
2013 brings the GCAUW into its fifth year of providing the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Grove City Area School District children. All children under the age of 5 who live within the district are eligible for the program which sends one book directly to the child's home every month, from the time they are registered until they turn 5. A child can finish the program with a total of 60 books of their own, free of charge. "The kids receiving the Imagination Library books are so excited to get their books in the mail each month. It is instilling in them a love of reading and of learning. It is preparing them for school and helping them to succeed," said Foley. There are 165 children receiving the books each month and 121 others who have graduated from the program since its start here in 2009.
A large portion of the funds raised in the annual GCAUW fund drive go to programs that help local kids. The GCAUW funds 100 percent of the children's programming at the Grove City Community Library, the after school program and teen center at the Grove City YMCA, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. The campaign is currently at 90 percent of its goal.
If you would like to assist your friends and neighbors in need, you can do so by donating to the Grove City Area United Way, P.O. Box 388, Grove City, PA 16127.