[Des Moines, IA] – [06/8/2017] – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the Des Moines Area Community College Urban Campus a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.
This grant will provide a basic English as a Second Language (ESL) literacy course focused on serving adult illiterate ESL students, those who are unable to read or write in their home language. Adult illiterate students are often unable to understand the concept of the printed word, because they come from cultures in other countries that are predominantly oral, where writing, reading, and access to printed media has not been a part of their lives. As a result, these individuals are unlikely to succeed in traditional ESL classes. The basic ESL literacy course funded through this grant will combine English language acquisition, early literacy skill attainment, and awareness and understanding of print. The course will also help students develop an understanding of educational protocol and how to learn in a classroom environment, preparing students for success in traditional ESL courses and eventually to advance to high school equivalency work, job training, and gainful employment.
“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for nearly 25 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 13,429 stores in 44 states as of March 3, 2017, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.