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Literacy Advance of Houston Receives $10,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Literacy

Houston, TX – May 10, 2018 – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Literacy Advance of Houston 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 honored to be among the host of worthy organizations chosen to be recipients of funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation,” said Literacy Advance CEO Melanie Fisk, MSW, MBA. “The crucial support of the Foundation will help underpin our adult literacy classes and assist hard-working students achieve their goals of work readiness and whole-family stability.”

Literacy is among the most crucial issues facing Houston. Demographics continue to become more diverse and the gap in skilled labor is growing along with it. According to ProLiteracy, low literacy correlates with crime and incarceration, high school drop-out rates, unemployment, and poverty. Furthermore, as Houston continues on the slow road to recovery post-Harvey, it is imperative that Houston invest in the future of the city -- by preparing those who could fill middle-skill jobs once they have the English and literacy skills required. Up to one million people in Houston currently fit this description.

More than 60% of Literacy Advance students cite employment goals as a top reason they seek literacy services. Basic literacy classes provide foundational skills students need to reach their goals, but extra support is required to connect students to next steps. Transition Services bridge the gap between basic classes and long-term goals -- such as High School Equivalency or vocational training, financial stability, getting a living-wage job, or supporting children's education.

Literacy Advance services assist entire families. When adults have the literacy skills they need, they can gain living wage employment and move toward permanent stability and self-sufficiency. Likewise, when parents have the literacy skills they need, they can assist children in school, work in tandem with teachers, and stop the cycle of low literacy for the next generation.

“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.

About Literacy Advance
With a focus on adult education, whole-family literacy, and work readiness, Literacy Advance provides free English and literacy services to adults in Greater Houston. Since 1964, Literacy Advance has focused on literacy linked to life skills, and on preparing low-literate students for the transition to vocational training, further education, and job placement.
For more information about Literacy Advance, please visit literacyadvance.org or facebook.com/LiteracyAdvance.

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 $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,609 stores in 44 states as of March 2, 2018. In addition to high-quality, private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg's, General Mills, and PepsiCo.

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