Literacy for Little Ones creator wins big with Green Bay Packers Community Quarterback Award

Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy addressed attendees, thanked recipients at event

(Stevens Point, WI) – Rachel Ley is unstoppable.  In April 2009, a then 12 year old Rachel delivered the first batch of children’s books to newborns at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital on behalf of a program she created – Literacy for Little Ones.  Now, four years later Rachel Ley received the 2013 Green Bay Packers Community Quarterback Award.

Literacy for Little Ones is a program whose mission is to encourage parents to read to their newborns by supplying parents with free books.

“I believe reading to children promotes a special bond,” said Rachel Ley, Literacy for Little Ones. “My mother read to me as a child and I’m a better reader and listener because of it. I want children to have the same opportunity.”

On November 19, Rachel Ley, now 16 was one of ten honored by the Green Bay Packers and Humana Inc. at the Community Quarterback Award luncheon held inside the Lambeau Field Atrium.  There were 150 nominations from organizations throughout the state.

Funded by the Green Bay Packers, Green Bay Packers Foundation, NFL Foundation and Humana Inc., the Community Quarterback Award recognizes outstanding volunteers within the state of Wisconsin.  Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations nominated outstanding volunteers who demonstrate leadership, dedication and a commitment to bettering their communities through volunteerism. The volunteers are not compensated for their services.

“We are so proud of the partnership between Rachel and Saint Michael’s Foundation. She is an incredible young woman with a vision to improve the lives of children in her community and beyond through Literacy for Little Ones. This recognition from the Green Bay Packers was a special way for Rachel to be recognized by a world class organization that understands community and embraces giving back to the community,” Stated Angie Heuck, Director of Saint Michael’s Foundation. Saint Michael’s Foundation nominated Ley for the award.

Quarterback Award recipients were presented an award and a $4,000 grant to the non-profit organization that nominated them. Rachel’s grant will go to the Literacy for Little Ones Fund at Saint Michael’s Foundation.

Ley will add the 2013 Green Bay Packers Community Quarterback Award and grant to many other accolades she has received in the Literacy of Little Ones four year existence, including; two Disney Minnie/Youth Service America grants, generationOn grant, and two National Education Association/Youth Service America grant.

Interested donors for Literacy for Little Ones can contact Saint Michael’s Foundation at 715-346-5349.

Rachel Ley milestones: 
February 2009: Disney Minnie/Youth Service America Grant
April 2009:                           Literacy for Little Ones launches at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital, Stevens Point
October 2009:                    Second Disney Minnie/Youth Service America Grant
October 2010:                    generationOn Grant
March 2011:                       Selected as member of generationOn's first ever, Youth Advisory Council
March 2011:                       National Education Association/Youth Service America Grant
October 2011:                    Expansion to Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital, Weston
August 2012:                      Expansion Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital, Rhinelander
November 2012:              Expansion to Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff
August of 2013:                 Expansion to Ministry Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Wabasha, MN
September 2013:             Youth Service America National Child Awareness Month Ambassador for state of Wisconsin
September 2013:             Second National Education Association/Youth Service America Grant
October 2013:                    Expansion to Velez Paiz Hospital, Managua, Nicaragua (Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners)
November 2013:              Green Bay Packers Community Quarterback Award and Grant

Sidebar: Saint Michael’s Foundation joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement
Why not give a gift this holiday season, not just presents.  Saint Michael’s Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, an effort to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping. #GivingTuesday offers a more positive connection by providing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving.

Make a difference in our community by giving a gift to an area of need that touches your heart. Join Saint Michael’s Foundation and this national movement dedicated to giving on December 3.
Those interested in learning more about #Giving Tuesday can contact Saint Michael’s Foundation or visit www.ministryhealth.org/smfoundation. 
 

 
 
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