Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Literacy for Life Receives Grant to Support Adult Literacy

Literacy for Life learner, Gedam (left) and Literacy for Life instructor, Frances (right)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Literacy for Life a $7,500 grant to support adult literacy.

This local grant is a part of the foundation’s largest, one-day literacy donation of more than $13 million throughout the 47 states in which Dollar General operates to support adult, family and summer literacy programs, according to Literacy for Life.

“It is our honor to provide educational opportunity to our immigrant neighbors, many of whom have come seeking refuge from war, violence, or natural disasters,” said Jason Thornton, Executive Director for Literary for Life, “These English language learners are full of determination and have the limitless potential not only to rebuild their lives but to contribute their considerable talents to our community. We are so grateful to Dollar General for helping make our work possible.”

Literacy for Life volunteer tutor, Andrew (left) and Literacy for Life learner, Ferdinand (right)

“It is a joy to celebrate this historic grant announcement during our 30th anniversary year,” shared Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. “For three decades, DGLF’s investment in community programs has created meaningful access to literacy skills for adults, children and families alike and exemplified Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity and
access to quality education, and we look forward to seeing these literacy grants inspire reading and build brighter futures.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports organizations that increase access to educational programming, stimulate and enable innovation in the delivery of educational instruction and inspire a love of reading. Each year, DGLF awards funds to nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.

The Foundation also offers a student referral program for individuals interested in learning how to read, speak English, or prepare for the high school equivalency exam.

Visit Literacy for Life or the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to learn more.

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