Donor Spotlight – First Realty Cares
New Chapters continues to be blessed with friends and donors who share our passion for providing literary opportunities for the at-risk youth in our community. Our donors are individuals, families, small groups, students, and corporations. One very special donor is First Realty Cares, who has been a supporter of New Chapters since 2015.
From their initial support of our first library at Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS) to our newest library soon to be established at Dorothy’s House, we are grateful for the unwavering support of First Realty Cares. Their generosity has not only helped us fill our bookshelves, but has helped us keep our bookshelves full of the latest releases, replace missing books, and fulfill individual book requests from the kids.
Thank you to each and every one of the members of First Realty Cares! We appreciate you! Please keep reading to see the impact they are making in our community.
Tell us about First Realty Cares.
First Realty Cares is the charitable foundation established in 2012 by the agents at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty. The goal of the foundation is to make a positive impact on the local community with a specific focus on housing, families, and children. Over the years, the foundation has supported dozens of charities through donations, clothing and food drives, sponsorships, and volunteer opportunities.
Why did you first donate to New Chapters?
In 2015, the First Realty Cares committee learned that the Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS) library desperately needed new books. The agents decided to host a Scholastic Book Fair at the BHHS First Realty office to help fill the YESS shelves. This has become an annual tradition that the agents look forward to each December. Since 2015, they have raised over $16,000 in support of the YESS library. Despite the pandemic, there will be a 2020 book fair starting December 2nd!
What do you hope to see regarding New Chapters’ efforts around Des Moines?
We hope to see New Chapters continue their work within their current libraries and expand their reach to include more youth in our community. We are excited to help them do both. The First Realty Cares book fair has become so successful that in 2019, the agents voted to expand their impact beyond the YESS library to support all New Chapters’ libraries. Their first step in this initiative was a $10,000 donation to sponsor the creation of a library and study room in the new Dorothy’s House. First Realty looks forward to continuing their relationship with New Chapters for many years to come.
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.