[West Lawn, PA] – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded The Literacy Council of Reading-Berks a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.
“We are fortunate the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is supporting our Workforce Development Program for a sixth year” stated Ryan A. Breisch, Executive Director of the Literacy Council. “As a result of this program, employers will have a talent pool that can be mainstreamed easily into the workforce to meet their hiring needs.”
The Literacy Council of Reading – Berks offers programs for adults to read and write proficiently, become productive citizens, prepare for work, and achieve success on the job. According to the National Institute for Literacy, literacy problems cost U.S. companies $60 billion annually in lost productivity. The Council’s Workforce Development Program, in its seventh year, addresses this issue by preparing adults to be successful in their future employment.
“We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of Serving Others,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 and a legacy of helping people improve their lives through literacy and education. Including this grant, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided more than $154 million in funding to help more than 10 million people. We believe these programs can have a positive impact on the communities we serve and we look forward to continuing to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.”
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 $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.