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Wheatland Electric Sharing Success fund awards $1,000 grant to local Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library fund
Courtesy photo Gaila Demel, Executive Director of the United Way of Central Kansas, accepts a $1,000 Sharing Success grant check from Regan Reif, member services and key accounts manager at Wheatland Electric. Also pictured are Wheatland Electric employees and Barton County Young Professionals members, from left: Yuchen Wang-Boswell, Korby Boswell, Trent Suchy, Dax Walk, Gaila Demel, Regan Reif and Haley Ruble.

Wheatland Electric Cooperative Inc. announced on Monday that its Sharing Success Fund, managed by the Scott Community Foundation, has awarded a $1,000 grant to the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) fund, in care of the United Way of Central Kansas (UWCK). To celebrate National Book Month, UWCK is partnering with Barton County Young Professionals (BCYP) to host an online fundraiser this October. BCYP and UWCK are seeking $30 donations from the public, which is the average cost to send monthly DPIL books to a local child for one year. The $1,000 grant from Wheatland was added to a pool of funds from five area businesses that will allow the first 250+ children sponsored by a $30 donation to be matched.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that gifts free books to children from birth to age 5 in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Republic of Ireland. Over 25,000 books have been delivered to children in Barton and Pawnee counties since the DPIL program was launched locally in 2012. The DPIL program delivers these books directly to children’s homes at no cost to the family. In September 2020, free books were delivered to 550 local children. 

About Sharing Success Funds 

The Scott Community Foundation began formally accepting applications for grants from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund from non-profit organizations on Dec. 1, 2012. Wheatland Electric and CoBank have each contributed $7,500 this year to the fund and $5,000 in years past. The program will continue to run until the funds are exhausted. Non-profit groups interested in receiving funding from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund should contact Alli Conine, manager of member services & corporate communications, at 620-874-4563 or