TULSA, Okla. — The Terracon Foundation recently awarded a $2,500 community grant to Neighbors Along the Line that will be used to support the organization’s charitable activities.
Terracon Foundation community grants support local nonprofit programs that Terracon employees are actively involved with, in the communities where they live and work.
Neighbors Along the Line is a nonprofit organization that has served the residents of west Tulsa since 1976. The group’s mission is to meet basic needs by providing opportunities for development and increased independence through free public services including a medical clinic, a food pantry, GED and literacy programs, a community library, and senior outreach.
Drew Cowan of the Terracon Tulsa office applied for and presented the grant to the organization with Mike Homan, regional manager. Mindy Tiner, executive director of Neighbors Along the Line, accepted the grant and expressed her appreciation.
“Neighbors Along the Line is so appreciative of Terracon’s support of our efforts to improve not only attitudes toward education in our area, but success rates as well,” Tiner said. “We understand that a love of learning starts with children, and we appreciate Terracon’s support in making that happen.”
Tiner added that the funding will specifically be used to purchase materials for tutors and students, to acquire GED Preparation materials for adult learners, and to fund some activities for the group’s Summer Reading Program. This program focuses on reading and learning overall, and the grant will assist Neighbors Along the Line in supporting science activities that they have wanted to do in the past, but did not have the funding to do so.
The Terracon Foundation was established in 2008 and expanded considerably during 2012 to provide a broader range of grant opportunities. The Terracon Foundation also provides national partner grants, university grants, and employee dependent scholarships. During 2013, the foundation awarded grants of more than $375,000.
“This is the first time I have been involved in something like this and it has been a great experience,” Terracon employee Cowan said. “Neighbors Along the Line does great work and I am so glad that we could help them out.”
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices in 40 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 38th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit: www.terracon.com.