Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy received a $750 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Literacy
Van Buren, AR – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy a $750 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.
“We work towards helping adults in our community improve basic skills of English, reading, or math. By improving these skills, they are able to contribute equally to our community’s quality of life and grow to reach their full potential.” – Jessica Blasingame, Executive Director
Thanks to our partners at Dollar General Literacy Foundation, we are able to purchase new materials for our students and complete technological upgrades. The materials are used to teach students different subjects, which allows them to engage others within our community and utilize their skills throughout daily life. By upgrading our computer systems, we were able to provide different software that is commonly used in workforce environments and teaches our students new skills they previously did not have access to. Lastly, we will be using a portion of the funds for advertisement in order to reach more students who need assistance in improving their basic education skills.
"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 Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy
The Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy have been making a difference with adult literacy for over thirty years. Since 1987, we have tutored many individuals to improve basic skills and grow to reach their full potential. Founded with the purpose of impacting adult literacy, we strive daily to ensure our students have the opportunities and skills needed to be successful once they leave our program. To learn more about the Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy, visit www.ccvliteracy.com.
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.