Lucy's Book Club Receives $15,000 Carolinas Credit Union Foundation Grant
The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation (CCUF) is pleased to announce it is awarding a $15,000 Micro Community Grant to the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood Development to fund the Lucy's Book Club Program.
The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood Development is the largest nonprofit providing mental health services exclusively to children in the Triangle, serving between 500 and 600 children and families annually. The Lucy's Book Club is a mental health program for children ages birth to six and their parents. This educational outreach program has been designed in response to the growing need to provide children with strong social, emotional, and self-regulation skills. The Center aspires to help as many young children as possible have the best opportunities to grow into emotionally strong, well-adjusted and resilient teenagers and adults.
"Reading and being read to are extremely critical factors in developing creativity, imagination, as well as healthy social and emotional skills in children." noted CCUF President/CEO John Slack. "Helping families' select developmentally appropriate books to share with their children will help establish a life long love of reading." said Slack adding, "We are glad the Lucy Daniels Center is there for them and credit unions are able to help."
Micro Community Grants allow credit unions in North Carolina and South Carolina to partner with local non profit agencies to bring community benefit. The Lucy's Book Club grant proposal was put together with the help and cooperation of the Tarheel Chapter of Credit Unions and Local Government Federal Credit Union.
Since it began in late 2005, the Micro Community Grants program has awarded more than $750,000 to agencies throughout the Carolinas. "Credit unions care about the communities in which they operate," said Slack, "and the Micro Community Grants program is one way credit unions can work cooperatively to bring benefit to agencies like the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood Development."
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