Clint Ibeling, Dwane Estes, Kurt Ibeling and Dan Clark team up at The Principal bookcase build.

Building a Case for Kids

Being a first-time parent can be tough. That’s why Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa/HCI Care Services offers a Nurse Family Partnership Program. The program matches first-time parents with a Nurse Home Visitor, who provides ongoing education and support beginning during the mother’s pregnancy and continuing until the child turns two years old.

To help participating families celebrate their “graduation” from the program, employees of the Principal Financial Group® helped to build, paint and decorate more than 60 bookcases for the families. The bookcase build was part of a United Way service project.

Employee volunteers:

  • Assembled and sanded the bookcases
  • Primed and decorated the finished products
  • Donated new or gently used children’s books to help fill the bookcases
  • Delivered the books and bookcases to Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa/HCI Care Services

“It provides the best opportunity to help others by creating an item that will assist them personally and in the most direct manner possible,” says Kurt Ibeling, an IT systems analyst at The Principal, who has been volunteering with this project for five years. “I am always amazed at all of the different ideas and creative designs that people think of to decorate the bookcases.”

Norene Mostkoff, president and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa/HCI Care Services says, “The shelves give the families a special place for their books. Our nurse home visitors use books as milestone gifts for families during their time together.  With improved school readiness as one of our many program goals, the books and bookshelves are the perfect gifts for growing families in Polk County.”

In addition, The Principal provides annual grant support to Visiting Nurse Services for its Senior Champion Program and HCI Care Services for its Physician Education Program.

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