UNITED WAY: How little lives are changed through stories

News Oct 22, 2015 by Brant United Way Brant News

As an early childhood educator and a mother, Vivien knows books are important.

“I’ve always believed in the value books add to a child’s life, but I’ve truly seen the first-hand impact through the experiences in raising my two-year-old daughter Milayna,” Vivien said.

From the time children are born until they reach the age of five years old, they are heavily influenced by their environment and experiences.

They have the capacity to learn a lot at such a young age.

“Milayna received the Dolly Parton Imagination Library registration through Kids Can Fly as a gift before she was born,” Vivien said.

This program provides the children enrolled with one book each month from birth until they reach the age of five.  

“It was funny because when Milayna was one to two months old and I was reading to her, I wondered what the impact could really be. At that point she wasn’t really aware of everything going on around her. Since then, she’s developed extraordinarily and I can’t believe the impact it’s had on her emotionally and mentally,” Vivien said.  

Reading has helped Milayna progress quickly. Her vocabulary is strong, she is already putting together small sentences, and she has a fantastic comprehension of the world around her.  

“It’s so wonderful to know that programs like this exist. It’s bringing us back to basics with our children,” Vivien said. “We’re not just sitting them in front of a TV while we check out social media. We’re engaging with them, sharing with them, laughing with them, learning with them … we’re bonding and we’re spending time making memories.”

Brant United Way knows that children need programs and services as they grow to be the most successful individuals they can.

Supports for early childhood nurturing, including the one Milayna received, paired with services to guide children beyond their fifth birthday are essential to make an impact on children. The next generations are growing and we need to give them every possibility and opportunity we can to be strong and engaged members in our community.  

We invite you to share your stories of how the Brant United Way has impacted your life as a donor, a volunteer or a recipient on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrantUnitedWay.

UNITED WAY: How little lives are changed through stories

Imagination Library an example of United Way impact

News Oct 22, 2015 by Brant United Way Brant News

As an early childhood educator and a mother, Vivien knows books are important.

“I’ve always believed in the value books add to a child’s life, but I’ve truly seen the first-hand impact through the experiences in raising my two-year-old daughter Milayna,” Vivien said.

From the time children are born until they reach the age of five years old, they are heavily influenced by their environment and experiences.

They have the capacity to learn a lot at such a young age.

“Milayna received the Dolly Parton Imagination Library registration through Kids Can Fly as a gift before she was born,” Vivien said.

This program provides the children enrolled with one book each month from birth until they reach the age of five.  

“It was funny because when Milayna was one to two months old and I was reading to her, I wondered what the impact could really be. At that point she wasn’t really aware of everything going on around her. Since then, she’s developed extraordinarily and I can’t believe the impact it’s had on her emotionally and mentally,” Vivien said.  

Reading has helped Milayna progress quickly. Her vocabulary is strong, she is already putting together small sentences, and she has a fantastic comprehension of the world around her.  

“It’s so wonderful to know that programs like this exist. It’s bringing us back to basics with our children,” Vivien said. “We’re not just sitting them in front of a TV while we check out social media. We’re engaging with them, sharing with them, laughing with them, learning with them … we’re bonding and we’re spending time making memories.”

Brant United Way knows that children need programs and services as they grow to be the most successful individuals they can.

Supports for early childhood nurturing, including the one Milayna received, paired with services to guide children beyond their fifth birthday are essential to make an impact on children. The next generations are growing and we need to give them every possibility and opportunity we can to be strong and engaged members in our community.  

We invite you to share your stories of how the Brant United Way has impacted your life as a donor, a volunteer or a recipient on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrantUnitedWay.

UNITED WAY: How little lives are changed through stories

Imagination Library an example of United Way impact

News Oct 22, 2015 by Brant United Way Brant News

As an early childhood educator and a mother, Vivien knows books are important.

“I’ve always believed in the value books add to a child’s life, but I’ve truly seen the first-hand impact through the experiences in raising my two-year-old daughter Milayna,” Vivien said.

From the time children are born until they reach the age of five years old, they are heavily influenced by their environment and experiences.

They have the capacity to learn a lot at such a young age.

“Milayna received the Dolly Parton Imagination Library registration through Kids Can Fly as a gift before she was born,” Vivien said.

This program provides the children enrolled with one book each month from birth until they reach the age of five.  

“It was funny because when Milayna was one to two months old and I was reading to her, I wondered what the impact could really be. At that point she wasn’t really aware of everything going on around her. Since then, she’s developed extraordinarily and I can’t believe the impact it’s had on her emotionally and mentally,” Vivien said.  

Reading has helped Milayna progress quickly. Her vocabulary is strong, she is already putting together small sentences, and she has a fantastic comprehension of the world around her.  

“It’s so wonderful to know that programs like this exist. It’s bringing us back to basics with our children,” Vivien said. “We’re not just sitting them in front of a TV while we check out social media. We’re engaging with them, sharing with them, laughing with them, learning with them … we’re bonding and we’re spending time making memories.”

Brant United Way knows that children need programs and services as they grow to be the most successful individuals they can.

Supports for early childhood nurturing, including the one Milayna received, paired with services to guide children beyond their fifth birthday are essential to make an impact on children. The next generations are growing and we need to give them every possibility and opportunity we can to be strong and engaged members in our community.  

We invite you to share your stories of how the Brant United Way has impacted your life as a donor, a volunteer or a recipient on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrantUnitedWay.