This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the Literacy Council a $4,000 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.
“These funds will help us serve more deserving adult students through the purchase of student books and tablets where students may access Rosetta Stone and free apps like Duolingo to practice their English skills,” stated Coordinator Carol Myers.
The Literacy Council, a program of the Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County, serves adults who want to learn how to read, write, and/or speak English better. “Adults from all walks of life come to the Literacy Council for help meeting their personal goals—whether that is learning to speak English, applying for a job, getting a driver’s license, working towards getting U.S. citizenship, or learning how to read and write well. Many of our adult learners have found employment, learned to be more involved in their children’s schools, and have become more self-sufficient,” said Myers. The Literacy Council trains caring volunteers to become tutors who work one-on-one with students and is the only adult literacy service provided on a no-charge basis in Sheboygan County.
“We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of Serving Others,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 and a legacy of helping people improve their lives through literacy and education. Including this grant, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided more than $154 million in funding to help more than 10 million people. We believe these programs can have a positive impact on the communities we serve and we look forward to continuing to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.”