(Plain Press, June 2017) In May of this year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Seeds of Literacy a $12,000 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.
“We are grateful to the Foundation for their investment in adult literacy,” says Bonnie Entler, Executive Director of Seeds of Literacy. “The need is great – Cleveland’s functional illiteracy rate is 66%. That means that two-thirds of adult residents have reading and math skills at or below a 4th grade level – and that’s pretty limiting.”
Seeds of Literacy is an innovative, award-winning adult literacy program offering free, one-to-one tutoring in basic education and GED® prep to adults. Their East and West side locations are open year-round, with morning, afternoon, and evening classes. Over 200 volunteer tutors help nearly 1,000 students each year.
Adult literacy annihilates poverty. It helps people become healthier and wealthier, opens doors to better jobs, and increases children’s school success.
“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.