Dollar General foundation awards $6K to support youth literacy

October 11, 2020

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently announced plans to help make a difference in Delaware during the upcoming academic year with the award of $6,000 in literacy grants. With these funds, educators at three schools and nonprofit literacy organizations across the Delaware communities that Dollar General calls home will have additional resources to support new and ongoing youth literacy programs.

In Sussex County, the Read Aloud Delaware organization based in Georgetown received $2,000. A complete list of recipients can be found at

“This year, many teachers, libraries and literacy organizations are facing new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General chief executive officer and literacy foundation board member. “Despite the unprecedented obstacles, we admire the tremendous efforts and commitments from educators as they work to provide students with the tools they need to develop their literacy skills. We hope these funds will help support their plans to advance learning and deliver quality instruction in our hometown communities.”

Grant recipients plan to use awarded funds to promote literacy and learning among new and ongoing youth literacy programs. The grants awarded to Delaware organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of nearly 1,400 youth learners.

In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was created to honor company co-founder J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate and never completed a formal education. During the past 27 years, the foundation has awarded more than $186 million in grants to schools, libraries and organizations to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy.  These grants have helped positively impact more than 12 million people by providing funding and resources to help individuals take their first steps toward learning to read, learning English, or completing their high school equivalency.

As part of its ongoing commitment to improve individuals’ lives through literacy and education, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to literacy organizations located within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center. Applications for the 2021 Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant cycle will be available at on Jan. 4, 2021.

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