At Dollar General, our mission of Serving Others is the foundation on which our business was built, continues to operate each and every day and serves as a guiding force to support our future. In 2020, the Company began a new DG Kindness campaign aimed at highlighting and recognizing employees’ positive impacts in communities across the country.
As part of the DG Kindness campaign, we are proud to recognize and highlight employees who embody our mission in their communities. We are further excited to support our employees’ efforts with a $1,000 donation to an organization within their local community.
“Our team members are part of the fabric of the communities we call home,” said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s senior director of community initiatives. “Whether they are providing excellent customer service to Dollar General shoppers or going the extra mile to support a cause or organization they believe in, we want to celebrate and honor their commitment to Serving Others. The DG Kindness campaign gives employees the opportunity to provide funding to a deserving organization in their hometown, and it gives Dollar General the chance to recognize the important ways our employees are serving our communities.”
To learn more about Dollar General’s DG Kindness honorees, please see below.
Store Manager Sherry B., Store #20856 in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming
Store manager Sherry B. in Pine Bluffs recently provided a local family with the supplies and essentials they needed when facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. After overhearing a family in her community attempting to pool enough money to buy a half gallon of milk while shopping in her Dollar General store, Sherry immediately stepped in to help. In the true spirit of Serving Others, she provided the family with a $50 shopping spree for basic supplies and essentials out of her own pocket.
Because of Sherry’s act of kindness, Dollar General donated $1,000 to the Laramie County School District 2.
Store Team #11119 in Shawneetown, Illinois
This summer, Brittany W., Emilia S., Aleece M. and Hannah H. each volunteered with the City of Shawneetown’s Hawks Lunch Bunch meals program to prepare and assemble lunches to ensure children in their community did not go hungry during the summer months.
To show appreciation and support of store team #11119, Dollar General made a $1,000 donation to the City to Shawneetown to benefit the Hawks Lunch Bunch meals program.
Store Team #17010 in Calipatria, California
When nearly 60 structures were destroyed by a fire in Niland, California in late June, more than 30 families were left with no home. The store team at store #17010 sprang into action to help pass out water and support cleanup efforts in the community.
Store manager Alex R. led the team’s efforts to support those affected by the Niland fire.
“The entire team in some way pitched in to support the community of Niland,” Alex said. “Our customers are like family, and they are part of the store. We are not just another retailer to the community—we are one big family.”
Dollar General donated $1,000 to Forgotten Angels, a nonprofit organization in Niland, California, on behalf of the store team.
Lead Sales Associate Monica L., Store #02219 in Havana, Illinois
Lead sales associate Monica L. in Havana, Illinois and her children spent time during the COVID-19 pandemic partnering with the Midwest Food Bank of Illinois-Peoria to distribute food and basic hygiene supplies to over 100 families in their hometown community.
“Monica is a great asset to my team and Dollar General,” said Dollar General store manager Beth F. “She is always willing to go that extra step to help a teammate or a customer. She has a heart of gold and truly cares about the surrounding communities she supports through volunteering."
Because of Monica’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General donated $1,000 to the Midwest Food Bank of Illinois-Peoria.
Store Manager Brandi W., Store #1968 in Sebree, Kentucky
Store manager Brandi W. recently provided a local family with the supplies and essentials they needed when facing a financial hardship. Then, shortly after learning that the family needed a new mattress, Brandi and the store team pooled their money to provide a mattress for the family out of their own pockets.
“Brandi has one of the most genuine, kindest souls that I have ever seen,” Dollar General district manager Tricia Vanover said. “Her love for people is heartfelt and so inspiring. It doesn’t matter what is going on in the store, Brandi’s number one focus is her customers. She lives our mission of Serving Others daily."
On behalf of Brandi and the store team, Dollar General provided a $1,000 donation to Landon’s Hope Resource Center to provide additional resources for families in the area.
Store Manager Walter R., Store #15299 in Fowler, California
Walter R. strives to provide excellent customer service to each DG shopper that comes through his store, but one customer in particular is very special to him. Ms. Arpie is a retired high school teacher who stops by the store almost every day. Over the years, Walter and Ms. Arpie formed a friendship, with Walter even organizing a surprise birthday party for Ms. Arpie’s 80th birthday at the store, which included the local high school’s marching band where she taught, several of her former students, the store team and even the Mayor of Fowler.
“Ms. Arpie has become a friend and is well known and loved in the Fowler community,” Walter said. “No matter how busy I am, I always make time to answer her calls. We chat for five minutes about nothing, but those five minutes mean everything to us both.”
To recognize Walter’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General made a $1,000 donation to Fowler High School, the same school where Ms. Arpie taught for many years.
Store Manager Tammy C., Store #20711 in Arlington, Texas
When store manager Tammy C. learned that some of her customers were unable to visit their loved ones at a local nursing home due to COVID-19 restrictions, she reached out to others in her district to provide gift bags to all 99 residents at the local nursing home in her area. The seniors were provided with everyday essentials and several small prizes for bingo. Tammy and her team’s act of kindness let local seniors know that the community is thinking about them during a very difficult time.
To recognize Tammy’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General donated $1,000 to Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County to support their home delivery meals to the elderly.