SOLON, OHIO, January 16, 2019 — Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, announced its North American sales and marketing teams donated their time during their 2019 Sales Meeting to work with three Orlando, FL non-profit organizations. This volunteer effort was made possible through Tarkett Cares, a key component of the company’s corporate social responsibility program.
More than 300 Tarkett employees had the opportunity to work with one of three Orlando area non-profit organizations on January 16, 2019, assisting in the preparation of items to support the agencies’ programs. The company-sponsored community service program provided assistance to the following agencies:
• Sleep in Heavenly Peace: Employees built bunk beds for children in need.
• A Gift for Teaching: Employees assembled school supply bags for children who cannot afford to purchase them.
• Soldiers Angels: Employees assembled hygiene kits and lunch boxes and made blankets for soldiers and veterans.
In total, Tarkett volunteers completed the assembly of 225 food boxes, 350 hygiene kits, 50 blankets, 40 bunk beds and 400 school supply backpacks.
“Because of your recent participation in our Kits For Kids program, you provided students with 3,600 supplies worth more than $4,200. This means 400 more students don’t have to go without a pencil or some of the other basic supplies needed each day,” stated Angela L. Garcia, Assistant Director of Community Outreach for A Gift For Teaching.
In the words of an Orange County teacher, “The supplies help so many kids who might go without, and helps me to create more engaging projects for my students, which I would otherwise be unable to do due to lack of money for supplies.”
“Tarkett is committed to corporate social responsibility, and our North America team takes that commitment to heart,” said Jeff Fenwick, Chief Operating Officer, Tarkett North America. “We’re pleased to be able to share our time and talents to help improve the quality of life for families in the Orlando area. This is our way of saying thank you and honoring the city for the hospitality we’ve been shown during our 2019 Tarkett North America sales meeting.”
More information about all of Tarkett’s products can be found at www.tarkettna.com.
With net sales of more than €2.8 billion in 2017, Tarkett is a worldwide leader of innovative flooring and sports surface solutions. Offering a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood, laminate, synthetic turf and athletic tracks, the Group serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. With approximately 13,000 employees and 34 industrial sites, Tarkett sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields. Committed to “Doing Good. Together,” the Group has implemented an eco-innovation strategy based on Cradle to Cradle® principles and promotes circular economy, with the ultimate goal of contributing to people’s health and well-being, and preserving the natural capital. Tarkett is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A, ISIN: FR0004188670, ticker TKTT) and is included in the following indices: SBF 120, CAC Mid 60. www.tarkett.com.
About the Orlando Non-profit Organizations
Sleep in Heavenly Peace
All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. Across the US, too many boys and girls go without a bed—or even a pillow—to sleep on. These children end up sleeping on couches, blankets, and even floors. This can affect their happiness and their health. That’s where Sleep in Heavenly Peace comes in. We’re a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. Our organization has grown steadily over time, and we’re working on opening more chapters in different states to serve more people. www.shpbeds.org
A Gift for Teaching
We are Central Florida’s primary provider of free school supplies. Our mission is to improve public school education by providing resources and surplus materials free to teachers for their students in need. Today, A Gift For Teaching serves 287 public schools in Orange and Osceola counties. There are more than 240,000 kids whose families live at or below the poverty line in Central Florida, but the most shocking number is that 17,000 of those students are homeless. www.agiftforteaching.org
"May No Soldier Go Unloved" encapsulates the motivation behind Soldiers' Angels. The volunteers of Soldiers' Angels work tirelessly supporting our nation's veterans, wounded heroes, deployed service members and their families. In 2017 alone, Soldiers’ Angels provided over $17 million in aid to over 360,000 service members, veterans, wounded heroes, and military families. Through the Deployed Support Programs, combat deployed service members were supported with 27,186 care packages and 132,394 letters. The Veteran Support Program served over 22,100 veterans with food assistance and handed out over 33,500 items bedside to patients in VA Hospitals across the country.
Through the seasonal Adopt-A-Family program, Soldiers’ Angels volunteers “adopted” 1,224 military families, that included 3,218 military children. New and expectant wives of combat deployed as well as active duty female service members were provided 1,433 baby boxes to help them welcome their new bundles of joy. Soldiers’ Angels volunteers are the heart of the organization and logged over 148,000 volunteer hours just in 2017! soldiersangels.org