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Lafayette County Literacy Council: Celebrating 15 Years of Hunt With Giving

We’re humbled to celebrate our 15th year as a company this year. Things have certainly changed since our founding in 2009! To celebrate, we’ve selected 15 charities to donate $1,000 each towards their mission, resulting in $15,000 total in gifts overall to commemorate 15 years in business.

Keep reading to learn more about another of these impactful organizations, Lafayette County Literacy Council!

The Lafayette County Literacy Council's logo features a stack of books.

About Lafayette County Literacy Council

Lafayette County Literacy Council’s mission is, “to improve the quality of life in Oxford and Lafayette County through literacy and reading.” The Council’s four priorities are to provide professionally developed and administered literacy education programs, promote a love of reading to children and families, serve as a literacy resource and information clearinghouse for the community and become an excellent organization with which to work and volunteer.

Most people (like us!) are surprised when they learn that estimates show 20-25% of Lafayette County adults can’t read well enough to fill out a job application. The Council proudly provides resources and programs to adults and families that support the pursuit of literacy, an essential to the social, economic and cultural quality of life of all.

“Every study shows that literacy breaks the cycle of poverty, strengthens families and relationships, promotes self-esteem, and broadens perspectives of the world,” said Executive Director Sarah McLellan. “Every study shows that communities with lower literacy rates struggle with higher levels of poverty, crime, teenage pregnancy, and more. They also struggle to invest in their schools and attract good jobs and people to fill them. So, every time we help one adult learn to read or help a child not fall further behind – we are helping make Lafayette County a community that people WANT to live in – good jobs, good schools, and a good quality of life.”

Dolly Parton is shown smiling while holding a book.

The $1,000 funding provided by Hunt will support the Lafayette County Literacy Council’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. This initiative puts free books into the homes of participating children in Lafayette County from birth to age 5. $1,000 will give 40 children free books for one year.

It’s an honor to support organizations that are making a life changing impact, like the Lafayette County Literacy Council. Learn more about them online here.


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