Donor Spotlight – Jeff and Susan Stroud
We send a heartfelt thank you to Jeff and Susan Stroud, generous donors of funds for the purchase of books that go into the hands of our at-risk youth. The Strouds have always supported efforts in the Des Moines area that directly affect young people; we are honored to have their friendship and their support in our mission.
Please take a moment to read our next Donor Spotlight where we ask Susan a few questions regarding her involvement with New Chapters. Thank you Jeff and Susan!
When did you first hear about New Chapters?
Our good friend Becky Anderson volunteers at New Chapters. Her enthusiasm for this project was contagious!
Why did you first donate to New Chapters?
When we heard the comments from the students, we were hooked. “I never liked to read until now!” “Best book ever…what shall I read now?” “I can get a library card?”
Is there an aspect of the New Chapters’ mission with which you connect more than others?
We think all of the work that New Chapters is doing is important!
What do you hope to see regarding New Chapters’ efforts around Des Moines?
One thing we would like to see is some students be able to take their book to keep!
Is there a particular book that has made an impact on you?
My grandmother bought me the Little House on The Prairie series when I was young. It opened my eyes to the world and I learned how impactful reading was for me!
Do you have a special memory that includes a book or reading?
Jeff takes our daughters to the Planned Parenthood Book Sale every year and they all come home with an armful of books! One of our daughters has the goal of reading 100 books this year!
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.