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United Ministries Receives $10,000 Grant

United Ministries Receives $10,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Education

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The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded United Ministries a $10,000 grant to support adult education. This local grant award is part of over $7.1 million in grants awarded to more than 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves.

“Our Adult Education Program is about much more than academics,” says Ethan Friddle, Interim Executive Director at United Ministries. “Successful completion of a GED program is directly tied to personal self-sufficiency and community workforce development.  Dollar General funding underwrites the costs of practice test and exam fees, allowing our staff and volunteers to focus on supporting our motivated students as they prepare to pass the GED.  All of the hard work is paying off: Our 2015 graduation rate was up 160% over the year before, and we’re on track to continue this trend in 2016.”

United Ministries’ Adult Education Program provides academic assistance and support for individuals preparing to take the GED exam. A drop-in program model enables students to attend whenever their transportation, employment schedule, and child care permits, allowing sustained academic progress even for students living with unpredictable circumstances. Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with each student as they implement a personalized academic plan, while staff provide the additional support that makes academic success possible. In the last six years, exactly 1,500 individuals have passed the GED exam and earned a High School Equivalency Diploma, making it possible for them to enroll in college and find quality employment.

“Consistent with our mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide these organizations with funding to further literacy and education across the communities we call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “It is always so exciting to see the true and meaningful impact the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has on both children and adults looking to improve their lives through literacy.”

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 $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

About United Ministries
Located in downtown Greenville’s West End, United Ministries has been working for 45 years to give every member of our community the opportunity to participate in the prosperity of our community. Originally established by local congregations to meet the crisis needs of people living in poverty, our agency has evolved to focus on developing the potential each family possesses to become self-sufficient – and even to thrive. Our integrated service model discourages dependency on charity and promotes the dignity of work. For more information on United Ministries please visit www.united-ministries.org or call 864-335-2614.

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 as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. 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, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operates 12,483 stores in 43 states as of January 29, 2016. 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. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

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