Kate LunsfordHeather Hays
Children’s Services Director,
Elizabeth Richardson Center

The Elizabeth Richardson Center is so thankful for the United Way and the programs it provides to the Northwest Arkansas community. Parental attention is important for all preschool aged children, but it is vitally important for children with developmental disabilities. Because of the United Way’s programs, like the Free Tax Service Initiative and the 2-1-1 Helpline, our families are able to obtain the help they need so they can spend less time worrying and more time actively engaged with their children. The United Way also provides the tools that our families need at home in order to continue the therapies and lessons learned throughout the day at the Elizabeth Richardson Child Development Centers. The Imagination Library is helpful in encouraging parents to read to their children at home and Fill the Bus ensures that our graduates will have the supplies they need to enter kindergarten. As a single non-profit agency, it is impossible for us to provide all of the different services that our families need. The United Way fills those gaps so that we are able to focus on the nurturing and development of children with disabilities.