Tuesday's special guest on January 24 was Allison Phelps, Executive Director of the United Way of North Central Arkansas. As with all United Way locations, the North Central Arkansas division is funded primarily through contributions. The non-profit organization serves to improve education, health and financial stability within our communities, and their local division in North Central Arkansas includes the counties of Cleburne, Independence, Izard, Sharp and Stone.
One of their many projects, Phelps stated, is their affiliation with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Created by Parton in 1995, this childhood literacy program provides free reading books to children from birth to age five. Every child enrolled in the program receives a free book in the mail each month, for a total of sixty books by age five. As Phelps stated, "there's no app to replace your lap", and this free program has proven instrumental in developing stronger reading skills and higher success rates in the classrooms. Further information on the United Way and this literacy program is available at www.liveunitednca.org or by calling 370-793-5991.
Learn more about the Rotary Club of Heber Springs at www.hebersprings.rotary-clubs.org, or by viewing their facebook page at The Rotary Club of Heber Springs, Arkansas, or by contacting Club President, John Lyons at 501-691-9331.