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Adult Literacy Center Receives Grant from Nationwide Foundation

April 16, 2008
The Nationwide Foundation recently awarded the Drake University Adult Literacy Center with a $5,000 grant. The money will be used to support programming aimed at helping struggling adult readers in the Des Moines area.

“The Adult Literacy Cents is funded solely by community contributions. Adults who are improving their reading skills at the Center and their volunteer tutors are grateful that Nationwide Foundation recognizes the value of their efforts,” Anne Murr, Director of the Drake University Adult Literacy Center, said.

“Nationwide is pleased to support the Drake University Adult Literacy Center and the important work it does in the Des Moines metro area,” said Chad Jester, vice president of corporate public involvement for Nationwide and president of that Nationwide Foundation.

The Nationwide Foundation is an independent corporation funded by contributions from Nationwide companies. Founded in 1959, the Nationwide Foundation has committed more than $190 million since 2000 to help nonprofit organizations in communities where Nationwide associates and their families live and work. Just as Nationwide supports its customers in their moment of need, the company’s involvement in its home communities is focused on supporting organizations that help people facing critical or immediate need.

Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest insurance and financial services organizations in the world. For more information, visit nationwide.com.

The goal of the Adult Literacy Center is to improve literacy, resulting in enhanced self-esteem, daily living, and life-long learning. It has been part of the Drake University School of Education since 1976 and is staffed by volunteers from Des Moines area community who are dedicated to literacy and community outreach.