PNC’s Grow Up Great® Supports United Way’s Imagination Library

PNC Bank Vice President, Bob Core (right) presents  United Way Board member, Laura Rodriguez (left) a $10,000 grant for the Imagination Library program.

PNC Bank recently provided a $10,000 grant to support United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore’s Imagination Library Program. Imagination Library delivers free books each month to the homes of local children ages birth to five to encourage reading and ensure success in kindergarten and beyond. Since 2012, the PNC Foundation has provided $35,000 to the Imagination Library program through the local United Way. The funding was in support of PNC Grow Up Great®, a $350 million, bilingual initiative to improve early childhood education.

Michelle Core, Senior Vice President at PNC Bank in Salisbury, MD shared, “The Imagination Library is having a profound impact within our community by preparing local preschoolers for kindergarten. The PNC Grow Up Great® initiative is proud to support a program that addresses such a critical need within our local community.”

The grant will provide more than 4,600 books to children on the Lower Eastern Shore.  Since Imagination Library began in May of 2012, United Way has distributed over 74,000 books to 3,800 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

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