WARSAW – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Kosciusko Literacy Services a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy.
This local grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits, and organizations across the communities Dollar General serves.
Executive Director Cynthia Cates states that the grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation makes Kosciusko County stronger by supporting the One-on-One Tutoring for Adults Program. Kosciusko Literacy Services conducts an adult literacy class and provides tutors for adult students who need additional help to learn to read, to earn a high school equivalency diploma, or to learn English as a new language. Each of these programs helps adults become self-sufficient members of the community by removing barriers to employment.
Cates commends the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for the support and the Dollar General stores for operating in smaller communities not served by grocery stores. In addition, certain products purchased at a Dollar General store go to support literacy. The most recent PIAAC skills report that 20% of adults in the country are reading at or below Level 1. Adults at this level have difficulties using or comprehending print materials.
“During these extraordinary times, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to support communities’ literacy and educational advancements through funds that will impact thousands of students across the country,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO, and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “We are proud to support the meaningful and impactful work that each of today’s recipients conduct and support their ongoing efforts to help individuals improve their lives through literacy and education.”
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 $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.