United Way of Mifflin-Juniata reaches 48 percent of goal

LEWISTOWN – The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata has reached 48 percent, or $288,000 of its goal of $600,000 during the campaign that began on Sept. 18 and runs until March 15, 2014.

Mifflin County Library is one of the agencies that benefits from working with the United Way. Roxie Garrett, resource coordinator at United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, discusses how partnering with the United Way has served Mifflin County Library: “Of the many local programs funded by the United Way, the Mifflin County Library shines as an agency committed to educating the next generation. Susan Miriello, youth services librarian, creates a fun and welcoming environment for children to come and learn. The United Way helps fund Story Time, a program designed for three different age groups, from infancy to kindergarten. These groups meet for six weeks each season to enjoy reading, songs, playtime and crafts.

“Heather Radle, a loyal patron of the Mifflin County Library, consistently brings her son Reggie to Baby Story Time. She said she appreciates the opportunity to participate in an activity that is ‘educational for him and will help to develop his brain.’ They have been attending Story Time together for the last year.

“The United Way’s funding is also actively contributing to the literacy of local children by distributing free baby books to Baby Story Time visitors. Radle said that Reggie’s favorite book is ‘Snuggle Puppy,’ a story he was able to keep as a part of the program.

“The library’s child department will also be offering a new education program for preschool teachers in the coming months, offering professional, development and technical assistance to early childhood and school-age specialists in Pennsylvania. The United Way is aiding in the introduction of this program, which will raise the overall quality of life in the region.”