Literacy Council receives $8,000 from Dollar General through grant

Published 6:00 am Sunday, June 12, 2016

Staff report

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded The Lafayette County Literacy Council an $8,000 grant to support adult literacy. 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

“The Lafayette County Literacy Council is thrilled to receive the Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant once again,” said Barbara Wortham, ABLE Program Coordinator. “These funds are invaluable to our learners and coaches. The ABLE Program has shown significant growth over the past year, and these funds will allow us to provide more resources for our learners and to train more coaches. Without their support, we would not be able to change lives for the better in Lafayette County.”

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The Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) program provides one-on- one coaching in reading and GED preparation. The ABLE program improves lives by helping adults pass the GED, improve their job prospects, take the driver’s license test, participate in community activities, and read to their children or grandchildren.

“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.

For more information on the Lafayette County Literacy Council and their programs, visit the website