Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Decatur County
Decatur County United Fund is proud to team up with the Decatur County Memorial Hospital and the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to our community.
Dolly Parton believes that if you can read, you can do anything, dream anything, and be anything. Through her Imagination Library program, she wants to ensure all children have books at home, regardless of the environment in which they live.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library puts books into the hands and hearts of children across the world. They partner with local communities to provide a specially-selected, high-quality book each month to participating children from birth to age five. These books are personalized with each child’s name and mailed directly to their home to create a gifting experience that makes books exciting and encourages families to spend time enjoying books together.
Best of all, through this community partnership, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is offered at no cost to Decatur County residents with children born at Decatur County Memorial Hospital. Congratulations on your new baby! We hope this special gift provides many enjoyable hours spent reading with your child.
When you deliver your newborn at Decatur County Memorial Hospital, be sure to ask your nurse provider for this special registration form.
As of August 1, 2020, 72 children have registered to receive books in this program.
IYI Youth Worker Cafe'
Indiana Youth Institute exists to improve the lives of all Indiana children. They provide critical data, capacity-building resources and innovative training for people and organizations that impact the healthy development of Indiana’s children and youth. They facilitate collaboration and promote problem-solving and collective advocacy on a statewide scale.
The Decatur County Cafe's are made possible by:
Decatur County United Fund,
Decatur County Community Foundation, and Indiana Youth Institute.
Governor's Work Ethic Certification
Scholarship winner for 2019 Taylor Gramman
Decatur County United Fund is pleased with our progress with the Governor’s Work Ethic Certification. We established our partnership with Greensburg Community High School two years ago and with Decatur County Schools last year. This program provides a pipeline of skilled high school graduates into today’s workforce. Attendance and their grade point average are key factors in the certification along with volunteering throughout the community. Greensburg Community School had 21 graduates in 2020; 34 graduates in 2019; with 21 graduates in 2018. The Decatur County Schools had their first graduation class in 2020 with 16 from North Decatur High School and 12 students from South Decatur High School. The Governor’s Work Ethic Certification Program currently has 800+ employer partners across the state recognizing some 3,000+ student. 180 schools across the state are participating in this program.
Decatur County United Fund partners with Decatur County Community School Corporation to provide the 2020 Camp Invention Program. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the future of innovation and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The program is open to children entering grades K-6, regardless of school district. Campers explore technology while building confidence in their natural ability to dream and create. Camp Invention is focused on inspiring future innovators, building STEM skills and preparing children for the future by providing fun, hands-on activities that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship and curiosity.
In June of 2019, 51 students participated in this unique camp. The young inventors learned about robots, farming, sailing, and much more. It is a great STEM camp to inspire our youth to be future innovators.
The 2020 Camp was cancelled due to COVID-19.
We hope to continue the program in 2021.