DAVENPORT, IOWA (July 16, 2021) — Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) announces an office move to a larger space in northeast Davenport. After 15 years at 130 West 5th Street in Davenport, BBBS is relocating its headquarters to 3247 35th Street Court off Elmore and Kimberly Road in Davenport. The move will be effective August 15. Mel Foster Co, a longtime supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, finalized an agreement with the non-profit that will roughly double the current square footage used by BBBS.
“Our growth and program innovation has been exciting,” stated Travis Guy, Chairperson of the BBBS Board of Directors, “It’s important to strategically position our organization for the future, which means we have the capacity and resources to meet the changing needs of the children and families in our community.” Guy continued, “This is a unique opportunity from Mel Foster Co that creates the space and financial stability for our operations to thrive for years to come.”
Lynsey Engels, President, Real Estate Brokerage, explains how this partnership with BBBS fits with Mel Foster Co’s commitment to serving the Quad Cities, “We are thrilled to announce this long-term partnership the same year we are celebrating our 100-year anniversary. Giving back to our community has been so important to the longevity of the company and BBBS is an organization that many of our staff, producers, and agents are passionate about as well. We’re so proud to help BBBS meet their space needs so they can focus on their mission of supporting children and families.”
The new space will offer interview/training rooms for volunteer, children and family enrollments, ample parking for visitors and guests, expanded capacity for board, committee, and community meetings, mentor and parent orientations, trainings, and a new resource/collaboration room with support materials and space for match-related functions.
Jay Justin, President and CEO of BBBS was also excited to announce that BBBS has received a lead gift of $100,000 from John and Bonnie Leinart for the design and renovation of the new space. John has served on the board of directors for the organization for more than 22 years. John, Bonnie, and their children have also served as Bigs in the program. The Leinart gift was quickly supported by a $25,000 grant from the donor-advised fund of the Quad Cities Community Foundation by Hunt and Diane Harris, another long-term supporter of the organization. These two gifts will serve as lead gifts toward a campaign to raise $250,000 for the buildout. “This two-pronged approach will give us the physical and financial capacity to grow our impact and sustain our programming for many years to come,” stated Justin.
More than 20 area contractors and suppliers are involved in the renovation project. Estes Construction is donating General Contractor and Design services for the project. “We are extremely proud to be a part of this project and are thankful for the positive response we have received from the building community to make this project happen,” stated Jim Kiesey, Director of Operation for Estes Construction. Other contractors involved include Petersen Plumbing, Allied Construction, Tri-City Electric, Hornbuckle Heating and Air, Paragon Commercial Interiors, Russell Construction, and several others.
“This move and these gifts represent another significant milestone for our organization as we continue our work to ensure every child can succeed and thrive in life. We are thankful to Mel Foster Co for their long-term commitment, the Leinart and Harris families for their generosity with their lead gifts, and the building community for stepping up and helping with the renovation. It is not possible without our community partners dedicating their resources, time, and talent to serving our youth mentoring in our community and we are thrilled to see their gift impact more children well into the future,” added Guy.
Note: BBBSMV/Mel Foster Co Inc. is open to building access and in-person interviews on site Thursday or Friday. Please use contacts above if interested.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley
One of 300 Big Brother Big Sisters affiliates in the United States, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley serves a regional area including fifteen counties in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, with three mentoring centers in Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Falls and Macomb, Illinois. More information, visit, bbbsmv.org.
About Mel Foster Co.
Founded in 1921, Mel Foster Co is a recognized leader for real estate and insurance. Mel Foster Co Real Estate specializes in residential and commercial sales and offers services for a broader spectrum of property transactions, including farm and land, land-development and management, relocation, and new construction. Mel Foster Insurance, a full-service, independent agency with specialized professionals in the areas of business risk-management, employee benefits, individual/group retirement-planning, and personal insurance was founded in 1932 and represents over 25 of the region’s most financially-stable insurance carriers and offers coverage for residential and commercial clients. Visit melfosterco.com for more information. Connect with Mel Foster Co on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.