On December 11, 2019, KYC was proud to welcome representatives of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Northwest Suburban Woman’s Club, a 501c3 philanthropic organization that supports local, state, and national organizations with time and monetary donations. The ladies had written a grant to their national offices to support the purchase of almost 50 children’s books for KYC’s waiting rooms, hand selecting each book to support the social-emotional development of children, as well as books written in Spanish for the approximately 25% of KYC’s behavioral health clients identifying as Latino.
The women were introduced to KYC by one of their members, Mary Crompton, who took a leadership role in the project and personally picked many of the books being donated. Crompton has worked as a librarian for more than 20 years and has her Master of Library Science from the University of Wisconsin, making her the perfect fit to put her skills to work to benefit KYC’s youth and families.
“We are deeply grateful for the volunteers and supporters who use their talents to enhance our service to clients” said Grace Hong Duffin, President and Chief Executive Officer for Kenneth Young Center. “These books will help reinforce therapeutic and learning goals for our youth, as well as strengthen the bonds of our families as adults and children read together. We can’t thank GFWC Northwest Suburban Women’s Club enough!”
After delivering their first set of books on Wednesday, the Club shared this donation is just the beginning of their partnership. They plan to collect new and gently used children’s books in the new year to ensure KYC’s waiting rooms have a rotation of new books for our young readers across KYC’s four locations serving youth.
KYC provides mental health services to children as young as 3 years old through individual, group, and family therapy. In addition, KYC is proud to work in northwest suburban middle schools and high schools to provide drug, alcohol, and pregnancy prevention programs that inspire youth to take leadership roles in building stronger, healthier communities. To learn more about KYC’s programming, visit www.kennethyoung.org.
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