Osterhout Free Library received a $10,000 donation from Navient on July 26 to improve the library’s literacy development ambitions, technology, and genealogy or ancestry programs.
The Osterhout Free Library happens to be one of the oldest libraries in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Navient, an employer of the local area surrounding the library, has a company-sponsored philanthropic fund known as the Navient Foundation. The student loan servicer’s charitable foundation has supported the Osterhout Free Library since 2001.
“Our libraries are an important environment for nurturing literacy skills, such as reading and writing, and can be gateways to exploring other cultures and places unfamiliar to our own,” said Lisa Stashik, Vice President of Navient, “We’re grateful to have the historic Osterhout Free Library in our community, enriching the lives of our residents day after day.”
One of the Pennsylvania public library’s main goals is to improve literacy development among children and young adults who may have a difficult time accessing the financial resources necessary to improve literacy. Two programs that will be aided by Navient’s donation include Mommy & Me, which has mothers read to their children, and Read to a Dog, where children work past reading and speech difficulties by reading to a dog.
Additionally, the contribution made by Navient will help in purchasing new computers, books, and interactive equipment that will improve the library’s engagement with younger children. Furthermore, the Navient Foundation’s grant will be used for additional training within the Osterhout Free Library’s genealogy and ancestry programs which allows users to access both family and local history.
Rick Miller, the Executive Director at Osterhout Free Library, had the following to say, “The generous donation will enhance library services and literacy skills to preschool-aged children, teenagers, families and caregivers in the community, plus help struggling young readers improve their reading habits and skills.”
The donation from Navient to the Osterhout Free Library marks some much-needed good press for the nation’s largest, and potentially most controversial, student loan servicer. In an on-going dispute, Navient is battling a lawsuit from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB claims that Navient misled and defrauded thousands of student loan borrowers through faulty information about loan payments, processing payments incorrectly, and not acting accordingly to borrower complaints. The case is ongoing, but Navient has pushed to have the suit thrown out, according to LendEDU.
More recently, Navient was ordered to pay a Pennsylvania man $300,000 after it was ruled that the student loan company harassed him with excessive robocalls. Clamoring to have the man repay his student loan debt, Navient reportedly made 200 unauthorized robocalls to him over the course of two years despite pleas made to the student loan servicer to stop with the phone calls.
Author: Dave Rathmanner
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