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Easterseals Receives $8,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Literacy

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June 14, 2022 (CINCINNATI)—The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Easterseals serving Greater Cincinnati a $8,000 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant is part of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s recent award of $10.5 million to support summer, family, and adult literacy programs, representing the organization’s largest one-day grant donation in its 29-year history.

“Our employment programs make sure that people with disabilities or economic disadvantages are prepared for our online workplace and world,” says Debbie Smith, Vice President of Education for Employment. “We’re grateful for Dollar General’s partnership to support people in working and living socially connected lives.”

Everyone at Easterseals is on their own unique path to employment. Easterseals’ mission is to break down barriers to employment and self-sufficiency, and often these barriers revolve around a gap in digital literacy. With Easterseals, people can learn safe and responsible online practices for internet use and receive academic tutoring or life-skills training. For those at the job-readiness stage, Easterseals provides workforce development training that includes basic Microsoft applications, resume 101-building and online job search support.

"For nearly 30 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has been proud to invest in literacy and education programs in our hometown communities," said Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. "The recent and significant shifts in the educational landscape have made the Foundation’s mission more critically important. As we work to create access to high-quality instruction for all individuals, we share our gratitude for the educators who are working to uplift and empower others. We hope these funds will have a meaningful impact on students and teachers across the country and look forward to seeing the positive impact they have on learners.”

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, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation 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.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s generous support helps people like Cameron, a participant from Project SEARCH and Easterseals ready to enter employment. With support from an Easterseals job coach, Cameron learned valuable job interviewing skills in preparation for his interview at Kroger. At his interview, Cameron was hired on the spot. Easterseals believes employment is more than a paycheck—it’s the pride of achievement, the joy of connecting with others and the security of knowing you can provide for yourself and your family. “Now that I job a job and now that I’m not in school anymore, things change,” Cameron said. “Now I have my own place and now I have my own rules. It feels nice to be me. Just me.”

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 $216 million in grants, helping more than 15.4 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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