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GFWC Donates Near­ly 50 Children’s Books to KYC


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​.ken​nethy​oung​.org.

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