Lee County Literacy Coalition receives $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

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The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Lee County Literacy Coalition a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits and other organizations across the communities Dollar General serves.

“Imagine for a moment, what it would be like not being able to read. For some this is a reality. On any given day, we are always improving. LCLC is grateful for the support of the Dollar General Foundation,” said Executive Director Patricia Butts.

By increasing adult literacy rates, Lee County Literacy Coalition positively affects poverty, K-12 test scores, economic prosperity and emotional and physical health. Programs include one-to-one tutoring in reading, writing, math, computer and GED preparation for adults in Lee County and neighboring counties as well as financial, health and computer literacy workshops. While learner gain is the primary goal for all LCLC programming, getting, keeping and advancing in a job are a close second. LCLC’s Leveraging Technology for Literacy Project will introduce adult learners to applications to improve overall literacy.

“During these extraordinary times, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to support communities’ literacy and educational advancements through funds that will impact thousands of students across the country,” said Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member, Todd Vasos. “We are proud to support the meaningful and impactful work that each of today’s recipients conduct and support their ongoing efforts to help individuals improve their lives through literacy and education.”

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 $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

About Lee County Literacy Coalition

Lee County Literacy Coalition is in the capacity building mode, increasing staff, attracting new learners with improved service delivery by leveraging technology. Our plan is to meet learners “right where they are,” and empower them with literacy tools and skills that they need to be contributing, productive and engaged members of the community. We do this by advocating for adult education, providing instruction and partnering with other community based agencies. Improving access to adult literacy addresses intergenerational poverty and makes our community stronger.

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. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 80 years. 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 everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 16,368 stores in 45 states as of February 28, 2020. In addition to high-quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills and PepsiCo. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

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