Learning libraries contributed to Community Action Agency programs
Published 2:32 am Wednesday, January 10, 2007
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Community Action Agency of Baldwin, Escambia, Clarke, Monroe and Conecuh Counties Head Start program found holiday delight after receiving a donation of seven Learning Libraries from BellSouth TelecomPioneer, Cathy Kelley.
BellSouth TelecomPioneers have partnered with the First Book national program. The BellSouth volunteers are helping in the distribution of the new books and educational materials to programs affected by the 2005 Gulf Region hurricanes in an effort to help rebuild schools, libraries, and communities.
First Book is currently involved in a unique Book Relief distribution of Learning Libraries containing educational videos and a TV/VCR unit. Each Learning Library consists of one TV/VCR (donated by Funai) and one box of 20 educational videos donated by Disney.
Community Action Agency, a United Way Agency, offers assistance to low-income families and members of the community through several programs. Programs currently offered by the group are a low-income home energy assistance program, weatherization program and ABC Charitable Trust, the emergency food and shelter program, youth education services program, the Food Pantry, JACS (Joint Action in Community Service) Program, and Head Start.
BellSouth TelecomPioneers include volunteers from the nine states served by BellSouth. TelecomPioneers is the largest industry-related volunteer organization in the world, with chapters located throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Founded in 1911, TelecomPioneers, formerly known as the Telephone Pioneers, is comprised of nearly 620,000 current and retired telecommunications employees who have joined together to make their communities better places in which to live and work.
Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that serves children from three to five years of age. The Head Start program strives to improve the quality of life and functioning for families in our service area of Baldwin, Escambia, and Clarke Counties by providing comprehensive and high quality services to low-income families and children.
Wide ranges of individualized services are provided to each Head Start participant. The entire range of services is responsive and appropriate to each child and family's developmental, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage and experience. Community Action Agency of Baldwin, Escambia, Clarke, Monroe and Conecuh Counties' Head Start program serves 473 children and families. The Head Start program and centers are currently accepting applications for the 2007-2008 school year. For more information call (251) 626-2646.