Donor Spotlight – Deb and Bob Pulver
Our donors vary greatly in occupation and personal interests, but they all have one thing in common: a strong belief in the importance of books to the development of children. Upon learning about New Chapters, our donors have all felt personally called to support our mission to make books readily available to the at-risk youth in our community. This makes each and every one of them very special to us and the kids we serve.
This month, we are shining a spotlight on Deb and Bob Pulver. As a highly successful businessman and community leader, Bob has been involved with many charities over the years. They both have causes that touch very close to home. Bob established a scholarship for business students at his Alma Mater in memory of his uncle who was instrumental in helping Bob enroll at Manhattan College and lay the foundation for his future business career. Deb, a cancer survivor, founded Strands of Strength. SoS’s mission is to provide wigs free of charge to cancer patients in financial need who are suffering hair loss due to treatment.
When Deb became aware of New Chapters during a casual conversation, her eyes lit up. She immediately asked questions about the kids and visibly connected with our mission. Bob had a similar reaction and both were excited about the impact they could make with a donation. The timing was perfect as we were just starting renovations to create a new library at Youth Homes of Mid-America. We are very grateful for their support and the impact that library has already had on many young men.
Please take a moment to read more about Deb and Bob and what inspired them to support our mission.
When did you first hear about New Chapters?
Two years ago, I had lunch with Stacie and she inquired about Strands of Strength. In our conversation, we shared our mutual affinity to support organizations whose mission it is to help others. I learned more about New Chapters and their work really resonated with me and I was drawn to learn more and consider support.
Why did you first donate to New Chapters?
Stacie’s commitment and energy toward the work of New Chapters is authentic and inspirational. We were impressed with her enthusiasm as well as the impact New Chapters has on children in Iowa and wanted to make an investment in this important work.
Is there an aspect of the New Chapters’ mission with which you connect more than others?
By providing adequate resources to engage children at all reading stages and levels of interest, we can be a part of making a difference in the lives of both individuals and families. It is truly a gift to us to know we can support this organization that is working to instill the love of reading and learning as a life-long habit.
What do you hope to see regarding New Chapters’ efforts around Des Moines?
We hope our gift will inspire others to join us in making an impact that will last a lifetime for these children in Iowa.
Do you have a special memory that includes a book or reading?
Most everyone will have a fond childhood memory connected with reading. Mine is rooted in warm family times with my mother and sister reading the Mother Goose Storybook. These moments have shaped who I am now as an adult. I still have the original copy of Charlotte’s Web in my nightstand. We would love to make it possible for others to create these same kind of cherished memories through our support.
Do you have a favorite book or author?
I just enjoy the book that I am reading at the time. Right now it’s Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie.
About New Chapters Libraries
At New Chapters, our collective passion is to inspire a love of books among at-risk youth. We believe that strong reading skills are essential for every child and that a good book can be very therapeutic and offer a ‘vacation’ from the hardships of everyday life.
New Chapters is committed to making a wide variety of current and high-interest books readily available by creating and refurbishing libraries in residential facilities catering to at-risk children. We also conduct programs aimed at fostering a love of books and increasing reading skills.