EPIC Receives support from International Paper Foundation

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Jamie Rackl
1000 Literacy Packs to be supplied to EPIC participants of Storytime and Ready, Set, Read!
Buffalo, NY (8/22/19) – EPIC – Every Person Influences Children has been awarded a $15,000 grant from International Paper’s Buffalo, NY Sheet Plant and the International Paper Foundation. Funds will support EPIC’s Storytime at Canalside and Ready, Set, Read! programs.  
Attendees at EPIC’s Storytime at Canalside, taking place on Wednesdays from 11 am to 1 pm at Canalside beginning on June 26 th and ending on August 28 th as well as participants in EPIC’s upcoming Ready, Set, Read! programs (more information will be forthcoming) will receive literacy packs supported by the International Paper Foundation. Literacy packs will include tips for reading with children, books, and other literacy support tools.
“Thanks to the International Paper Foundation, EPIC is able to provide literacy packs with educational activities and books to families in Western New York. These literacy packs enable parents and caregivers to continue to develop literacy skills with their children outside of EPIC’s literacy events and programs.” – Tara N. Burgess, Executive Director, EPIC
The International Paper Foundation is one of the ways International Paper the packaging, pulp, and paper company strives to reach its vision to be among the most successful, sustainable, and responsible companies in the world. Started in 1952, the foundation annually provides millions in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to address critical needs in the communities where its employees live and work. Funding priority is given to programs related to its signature causes: education, hunger, health & wellness, disaster relief, and initiatives that improve the planet. For more information, visit ipgiving.com.
“At International Paper, we believe our company cannot succeed if our communities do not succeed,” said Pamela Riggins, Plant General Manger Buffalo SP. “We are proud to support EPIC as they strive to make an impact on children’s literacy and education in Buffalo, NY.”  
EPIC was born out of a tragedy experienced by founder Robert Wilson. In 1977, his wife was murdered by a 15-year-old neighbor, a child they had befriended. Investigation into the child’s life indicated that he had been abused, neglected, and placed in eleven different foster homes. He had not experienced love; he only knew anger and violence. While it was too late to change what had happened to his wife, Wilson felt that it was not too late for others. In 1980, he established EPIC in Buffalo, New York with a vision of preventing tragedies like his. EPIC workshops and trainings carry out Robert Wilson’s mission by involving the entire community in helping children make responsible decisions, understand and respect authority, develop positive self-esteem, plan for the future, and succeed in life. EPIC’s mission is to help families, schools, and communities raise children to become responsible and successful adults.