Greenville, SC – May 31, 2017 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded United Ministries a $7,000 grant to support adult education. 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.
The United Way of Greenville County reports that approximately 1 in 6 students either fail to complete high school in the standard four year period, drop out, or fail to receive their high school diplomas. United Ministries’ Adult Education program gives these students a second change for education and a self-sufficient future. United Ministries’ volunteers and staff provide individual, self-paced instruction to adults preparing for the GED exam. Those who pass the GED receive a High School Equivalency Diploma that affords them the same opportunities as a traditional high school diploma. All program participants also receive instruction and free onsite testing for the WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate, which helps them demonstrate their qualifications to potential employers.
“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.
About United Ministries
Located in downtown Greenville’s West End, United Ministries has been working for 47 years to give everyone 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, the agency has evolved to focus on developing the potential each family possesses to become self-sufficient – and even to thrive. The agency’s integrated service model discourages dependency on charity and promotes the dignity of work. For more information on United Ministries please visit 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 nearly 25 years. 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. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation 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, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 13,429 stores in 44 states as of March 3, 2017, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.