TAMKO Building Products Donates to Joplin NALA

TAMKO Building Products, Inc. a national roofing manufacturer based in Joplin, Missouri, recently presented a $5,000 donation to the Joplin Neighborhood Adult Literacy Action (NALA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering and strengthening the literacy skills of Joplin adults so they can reach their full potential. The organization’s mission is to close the book on […]

TAMKO Building Products, Inc. a national roofing manufacturer based in Joplin, Missouri, recently presented a $5,000 donation to the Joplin Neighborhood Adult Literacy Action (NALA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering and strengthening the literacy skills of Joplin adults so they can reach their full potential. The organization’s mission is to close the book on literacy through the following:

  • Recruiting and tutoring adults who need help in reading, writing, math and/or English as a second language;
  • Recruiting and training volunteers;
  • Providing programs to increase the family’s awareness of the value of reading; and
  • Coordinating community resources to promote literacy awareness.

TAMKO donated to NALA after the organization suffered a $12,000 budget cut from the United Way, which had to reduce NALA’s funding after being unable to reach its annual funding goal. TAMKO and its President and CEO David Humphreys are long-time supporters of community organizations, so NALA’s Executive Director Marj Boudreaux contacted TAMKO for assistance in this time of need.

“We need this to keep ourselves alive, to keep the lights on, to keep books on our shelves, to keep all the services that we provide to our students,” Boudreaux said.

There are approximately 11 million U.S. adults who are illiterate in English, which equates to more than 11,000 illiterate adults in Jasper and Newton Counties, according to NALA’s website. Additionally, a child who grows up in a home with a single illiterate parent is twice as likely to be illiterate themselves, as well as perform poorly in school or even drop out.

 

 

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