December 13, 2012
This holiday season, KPMG launched Operation Bookitecture, an exciting firm-wide community service project related to KPMG's Family for Literacy program. Understanding what a significant impact books have in the lives of young children, employees at KPMG's Birmingham office recently donated new and gently-used books to help foster the imaginations of the special children whom the YW serves.
Each KPMG office across the U.S. received an allotment of four new titles based on the number of employees per office. The Birmingham office received 104 copies of the great classics 'Snow,' 'Green Eggs and Ham,' 'Eve of the Emperor Penguin' and 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.' In addition to the new titles received, employees held a gently-used book drive to be combined with the new titles for the donation - a total donation of over 200 books.
"Books are wonderful gifts for young and old alike," said Lisa Wolfe, Recruiting Coordinator. "When you read, there are no barriers - you can learn, imagine, travel and explore and the list goes on. Advantages are endless!"
The KPMG's Family for Literacy provides children from low-income families their own new books and in many cases, their very first book. Since its inception in 2007, KPMG's Family for Literacy has established chapters in more than 44 key KPMG offices and distributed more than almost 2 million new books to low-income children in 90 communities across the country.
The books donated by KPMG will be directly placed in the YW's child care library and the After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP) library. The child care library is a special library that allows children to check books out. But instead of returning the books like at a regular library, they are allowed to keep the books and take them home so that their parents can read to them. The ASEP library provides books for school-age children. Each child has a book box filled with titles that they have chosen based on their interests and reading level. The ASEP library also provides the required reading books for children in the program as very few of the children that the YW serves have individual access to the books needed for school. At the YW, the gift of books represents much more than just 'something to read.'
"The YWCA is well-known and well-loved. I can't think of a better organization that meets the needs of our community," said Wolfe.
The YWCA would like to extend a special thank you to our friends at KPMG for their kindness. If you are interested in supporting our child care programs, please click here.