United Ministries Receives Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Literacy

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded United Ministries a $6,000 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant is part of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s recent award of $10.5 million donation to support summer, family, and adult literacy programs, representing the organization’s largest one-day grant donation in its 28-year history.

“United Ministries is honored to be a recipient of this grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The generosity of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will go towards the salaries of our Adult Education Program staff who are working diligently to improve adult literacy in hopes of providing more opportunities for those in our community to thrive,” shared Lizzie Bebber, Executive Director of United Ministries.

United Ministries' Adult Education program provides individual, self-paced instruction to adults preparing for General Educational Development (GED) tests. Participants who pass the GED receive a High School Equivalency Diploma that affords them the same opportunities as a traditional high school diploma. It also makes them eligible to receive preparation for the WIN® National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). Prospective participants are evaluated to confirm that they have the skills needed to succeed in a self-paced GED program. Those who test at or above the 8th grade reading level are invited to enroll and begin learning with the help of instructional binders, practice books, and academic counselors available for assistance.

"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.

About United Ministries
Located in the West End of downtown Greenville, United Ministries has been working for 51 years to create a community where everyone can thrive. Originally established by local congregations to meet the crisis needs of people living in poverty, the agency has evolved to focus on developing the potential each family possesses to become self-sufficient and financially independent. The agency’s integrated service model discourages dependency on charity and promotes the dignity of work. For more information on United Ministries please visit www.united-ministries.org or call 864-335-2613.

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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