Raising Readers in Story County

Annual Appeal

Raising Readers in Story County is Reaching for New Levels! 

We are asking you to support our mission and literacy programming through a donation to our annual appeal.

Your contribution will make an impact in the lives of children throughout Story County.

StoryPals is one of our programs that builds the essential language and literacy skills for our preschool children. The StoryPals program pairs volunteers with two children to read, talk about, and retell richly illustrated stories. Averee, a StoryPals student, looks forward to meeting with her StoryPal at preschool every week. She enjoys her time at StoryPals so much that she wants to carry that week’s book back to her classroom so she can retell the story. Sometimes she will even create a new story on the way back to the classroom.

El Jean, a retired pediatric nurse and dedicated StoryPals volunteer stated, “I’m volunteering for something that I know is making a difference.” Research has proven that by reading with a child we can significantly improve their language skills. An impressive 91.8% of the children in the   2018-19 StoryPals program in Ames, Nevada and Zearing maintained or showed improvement on the composite pre-literacy assessment score. Today more than ever, it is essential to take the time to engage with young children and help them be ready to read.

Matching Challenge - Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar when you donate to both the Annual Fund and the Endowment Fund by January 31, 2020!

Join us in continuing our mission to provide literacy programs throughout Story County. Please make a tax-deductible gift now. Give online at www.raising-readers.org/donate. If you make your gift to both the Annual Appeal Fund and the Endowment Fund by January 31, 2020, passionate RRSC supporters will match your donation dollar for dollar! Donations to the Annual Appeal Fund are for immediate needs and the Endowment Fund provides sustainability and may be eligible for a 25% Iowa Tax Credit.

Your partners in early literacy,     

Shellie Orngard, President                

Lisa Reeves, Executive Director

Donate online to the annual fund by credit card:

Donate online to the endowment fund by credit card:


Donate by check:
  • Write the check to Raising Readers in Story County

  • Include your name, address, phone, and email.

  • If the gift is in honor or in memory of someone, give the name and address of the person(s) to be informed.

  • Raising Readers in Story County publicly recognizes donors in our Annual Report. Please indicate if you prefer to be anonymous.

  • Send to RRSC at P.O. Box 2374, Ames, IA 50010.

  • If your employer has a Matching Gift Program, please send their form with your check.

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