CONTRIBUTED BY LCLC
LEE COUNTY —
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Lee County Literacy Coalition (LCLC) a $20,000 grant to support adult and family 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.
“It takes a movement to invoke change. We propose that reading offers a resolve to improve the human condition,” said Patricia Butts, executive director of the Lee County Literacy Coaliton. “LCLC is creating a space where individuals can experience the power of literacy. We are excited to receive this award in support of our important mission.”
Lee County Literacy Coalition offers free one-to-one tutoring for adults in reading, writing, math, GED preparation and driver’s education with expansion to ESL services. Literacy workshops include financial, health and digital/workplace. Its family literacy program shares tools and strategies to encourage and increase reading fundamentals with home activities to make reading a daily practice — which helps to improve K-12 success.
“It is a joy to celebrate this historic grant announcement during our 30th anniversary year,” said 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 a quality education, and we look forward to seeing these literacy grants inspire reading and build brighter futures.”
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation (DGLF) 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. Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online here or through referral cards found in the Learn to Read brochures that are available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.
ABOUT THE LCLC
Lee County Literacy Coaltion is a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping adults learn to read, write and use mathematics and computers at a level necessary to succeed and thrive. Free services include one-to-one tutoring for reading, writing, math, computer and GED preparation for adults in Lee County and surrounding areas. Workshops in financial, health and digital/workplace literacy are also offered. To learn more, visit www.leecountyliteracy.org.
ABOUT THE DGLC
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 $233 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 19.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides financial support to schools, nonprofit organizations and libraries within a 15-mile radius of Dollar General stores and distribution centers. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or apply for a literacy grant, visit www.dgliteracy.org.