Cat Financial Donates $20,000 to Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee

May 16, 2022 | News

Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee announced today that it received a $20,000 gift from Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation (Cat Financial) to deliver more books to children in Greater Nashville.

Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee partners with the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation and the Dollywood Foundation to deliver an age-appropriate, high-quality book each month straight to children’s mailboxes at no cost to families. United Way of Greater Nashville raises funds to support the cost of the books and to build awareness of this important program.

“Generous gifts like these from our devoted partners really help offset that cost, ultimately getting more books in the homes and hearts of kids all throughout Greater Nashville,” says Brian Hassett, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Nashville. “We are so grateful to Cat Financial for their longtime support of our work.”

“I was introduced to Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee through Cat Financial’s 2020 United Way campaign and was immediately impressed with the organization’s passion for building a strong foundation for literacy proficiency and academic success,” says Robert Bennes, Cat Financial vice president of Structured Finance. “I am proud to serve as an advisory council board member and for Cat Financial to play a role in improving early literacy.”

In 2021, Imagination Library distributed nearly 500,000 books to more than 41,000 children in Davidson, Sumner and Williamson counties. All children in Tennessee, from birth to age five, are eligible at no cost to families. Books are personalized with the child’s name and mailed directly to their home, making books exciting and inspiring a love for reading at an early age.

To learn more or make a donation, visit unitedwaygreaternashville.org/imagination-library.