Dollar General Literacy Foundation donates $10K to Flint Area
The Flint & Genesee Literacy Network was awarded a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for $10,000, to support adult literacy in Flint and Genesee County. The grant is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to nearly 1,000 schools, non-profits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.
“This grant will go a long way toward helping the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network improve literacy levels in adults. We will be able to increase the capacity of the Adult Learning Centers and their Site Coordinators to provide consultation, training, diagnostic screenings, web-based learning resources, and develop individualized learning plans,” said Jeremiah White, Community Impact Coordinator at the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network.
Adult Learning Centers (ALCs) are a collaborative strategy of FGLN and designed to address the individual needs of adult students through adult education programs and activities.
Genesee County is challenged by a silent crisis of unemployment with nearly 11% of residents out of work. This rate doubles within the City of Flint, leaving about 25% of residents unemployed. Often, the adults who struggle the most are those living with low literacy skills, affecting their ability to complete a job application, calculate change at a restaurant, or read the information on a prescription bottle. This crisis severely limits the region’s potential for future growth and prosperity.
“We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of Serving Others,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 and a legacy of helping people improve their lives through literacy and education. We believe these programs can have a positive impact on the communities we serve and we look forward to continuing to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.” Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
The Flint & Genesee Literacy Network is comprised of numerous community stakeholder organizations, and has launched an ongoing collaboration to align and improve literacy resources and services in Flint and Genesee County. The Network believes that new approaches are required to solve the basic skills challenges facing our county. In line with the strategic components of the City of Flint Master Plan, the Network is committed to building on the strengths of community organizations, as well as ensuring that families needing to improve their literacy skills have access to sufficient and appropriate information and resources. Mott Community College is the Fiscal Agent of the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network.
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 $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 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.
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 75 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 14,609 stores in 44 states as of March 2, 2018. In addition to high-quality, private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg's, General Mills, and PepsiCo.
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