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First Book-Collier County Honored for Bringing Books to Kids in Need

Florida Volunteer Group Receives Prestigious Community Service Award

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 – First Book-Collier County has been honored for their work providing new books to kids in need with a prestigious community service award.

The group, a local volunteer chapter of the national nonprofit social enterprise First Book, has been active in Collier County since 2005. In those years they’ve worked with over 380 local schools and community programs serving kids from low-income families to provide over 360,000 brand-new books.

“We couldn’t be more proud of our heroic volunteers in Collier County,” said Kyle Zimmer, First Book’s president and CEO. “They’ve worked hard to ensure that kids in need in their community have the books and resources they needed to succeed.”

The Harvey Kapnick Award, given each year to a local nonprofit group by the Community Foundation of Collier County, recognizes “discerning leadership, sound management, and a commitment to achieving results”. Previous winners have included The Shelter for Abused Women and Children, Fun Time Early Childhood Academy, Greater Naples Leadership, Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, and the Naples Zoo.

“I am so proud of First Book-Collier County and what we have accomplished over the last seven years,” said Joanne Wyss, the group’s chair.  “We truly have a terrific group, who work with great skill and tireless effort on behalf of the needy children of Collier County.  This recognition is a great honor for us.”