The United Way of Knox County is hitting some recent milestones in regards to volunteers, programs, and members.
Executive Director of the Knox County United Way, Laun Dunn may still be settling into her new location, but hitting goals and milestones is nothing new. The Pennsylvania native who was Executive Director of United Way in Anthracite, tells WGIL the United Way just shipped their 20,000th book for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. “It does align with some of the work that our other agencies are doing – making sure our kids are ready for school,” Dunn said. “We’re also working on looking at where we stand as a county for grade-level reading, and looking to join the national campaign for grade-level reading.” The Knox County YMCA aligns with the United Way’s strive for education with it’s before and after school programs and child care. The United Way will be hosting it’s first family volunteer day next Saturday, November 18th with a scavenger hunt. Dunn says the event will start in from of the Kensington Ball Room with a registration for families to donate socks, underwear, or hygiene items. The United Way plans to build a “We Care Closet” with items that are not able to be purchased with assistance from other agencies.