The M&T Charitable Foundation recently provided a $5,000 grant in support of United Way’s Imagination Library Program. The grant will provide 2,300 books to over 190 children on the Lower Eastern Shore. Pictured (L-R): Gene Malone of M&T Bank with Pam Gregory of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.
The M&T Charitable Foundation recently provided a $5,000 grant to support United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore’s Imagination Library Program. The local United Way administers the Imagination Library literacy program through delivery of free books each month to the homes of local children ages birth to five. The impact of the program is aimed at kindergarten preparedness and fostering a lifelong love of reading.
Gene Malone, M&T Bank Administrative Vice President for Southern Delaware and the Eastern Shore shared, “M&T Bank and the Foundation are pleased to provide this grant for such an impactful local program. It is an honor to assist in providing children and families with the materials they need for educational success through United Way’s Imagination Library Program.”
The grant will provide 2,300 books to over 190 children on the Lower Eastern Shore. Since the Imagination Library’s inception in May of 2012, the local United Way has distributed over 70,000 books to 3,655 children in Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset and Dorchester Counties.
About United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore:
Now in its 71st year, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore continues to be the largest non-governmental source of funding for 62 critical programs in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester Counties. United Way helps Eastern Shore residents obtain Educational Success by reducing the achievement gap between low and middle income students, Financial Stability by advancing the economic security of families and individuals in our community, and Good Health by improving access to and awareness of local health and wellness services. In 2015, United Way provided nearly $1.3 million to community programs and helped to change the lives of over 77,000 individuals. For more information, visit www.unitedway4us.org.