GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., Apr 20, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Reinforcing its commitment to help people gain basic literacy skills, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation today announced that it has awarded grants worth more than $2.6 million.
The Foundation awarded grants to 243 nonprofit organizations assisting 83,463 individuals and families in communities served by Dollar General stores. The grants provide support to nonprofit programs that reach low-level literacy adults and their families. Adult basic education, GED preparation, English as a second language, family literacy and workforce literacy are among the initiatives that will benefit from these grants.
"Our company's mission to serve others extends into the communities our employees and customers call home," said Dollar General Chairman and CEO David Perdue. "These grants reflect the generosity of our customers and the strength of Dollar General's commitment to help our neighbors take a major step toward improving the quality of their lives."
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation accepts proposals on an annual basis. The company will begin soliciting 2007 proposals online on January 2, 2007. Proposals must be submitted by March 2, 2007. To place your name on a mailing list for future requests for proposals, send your organization's name, a contact name and mailing address to The Dollar General Literacy Foundation, P.O. Box 1064, Goodlettsville, TN 37072-1064. For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or for a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
About Dollar General
Dollar General (NYSE: DG) is a Fortune 500(R) discount retailer with 8,038 neighborhood stores in 33 states as of March 31, 2006. Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as a selection of basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education in the U.S. In 2005, the company supported nonprofit organizations that helped more than 81,000 individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. For more information about Dollar General, go to www.dollargeneral.com.
SOURCE: Dollar General
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