Published on 07/10/2023

Literacy Delaware Receives $8000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Our Partnership with New Castle County Head Start

[Wilmington, DE] – July 11, 2023– The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Literacy Delaware a $8000 grant to support adult literacy programming in New Castle County. This local grant is a part of the Foundation’s largest, one-day literacy donation of more than $13 million throughout the 47 states in which Dollar General operates to support adult, family, and summer literacy programs.

“We are grateful for the continued support of Dollar General in helping us empower Delawareans through Literacy.  Dollar General has been an amazing partner in supporting our program and its mission for many years. Their funding helps drive new initiatives”, says Cynthia Shermeyer, Literacy Delaware Executive Director. 

Since 1983 Literacy Delaware has trained volunteer tutors to help adults with low literacy skills improve those skills. Literacy is the great equalizer and through its programs, Literacy Delaware works tirelessly to level the playing field. These funds will build our programming for parents with children attending New Castle County Head Start programs.

“It is a joy to celebrate this historic grant announcement during our 30th anniversary year,” shared Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. “For three decades, DGLF’s investment in community programs has created meaningful access to literacy skills for adults, children, and families alike and exemplified Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity and access to a quality education, and we look forward to seeing these literacy grants inspire reading and build brighter futures.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports organizations that increase access to educational programming, stimulate and enable innovation in the delivery of educational instruction and inspire a love of reading. Each year, DGLF awards funds to nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer, and youth literacy programs. The Foundation also offers a student referral program for individuals interested in learning how to read, speak English, or prepare for the high school equivalency exam.  Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online here or through referral cards found in the Learn to Read brochures that are available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.

About Literacy Delaware
Literacy Delaware assists adults to significantly improve their literacy skills to reach their goals of employment, parenting, and civic engagement. Adults with improved literacy skills make a profound impact financially, interpersonally, and educationally on the entire family. To learn more or volunteer visit http://www.literacydelaware.org 

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. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $197 million in grants, helping more than 14 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. Cal Turner, Jr. founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to honor his grandfather and Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate having dropped out of school in the third grade to support his family. The Foundation aims to provide support to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations that seek to improve adult, summer, youth and family literacy initiatives.  To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

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