Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Online, GED Programs for English, Spanish Speakers
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Dominican Learning Center a $3,500 grant to support adult literacy and English a second language education. This local grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the communities Dollar General serves.
“Not even a pandemic can stop learning!” said Denise Hilliard, Director of the Dominican Learning Center. “Our tutors and learners have been incredibly resourceful in their use of technology, and this generous gift from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will help this continue. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant will support fund our use of Aztec, an online learning tool. We are working to give our learners the tools they need to continue to learn even when they can’t meet with their tutors.”
“The GED testing sites may still be closed, but we are using these funds from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to pay for books and materials that strengthen and broaden the skill sets of our adult learners,” Hilliard continued.
The Dominican Learning Center is the only facility in the Central Ohio area that offers a Spanish language GED curriculum.
“During these extraordinary times, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to support communities’ literacy and educational advancements through funds that will impact thousands of students across the country,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “We are proud to support the meaningful and impactful work that each of today’s recipients conduct and support their ongoing efforts to help individuals improve their lives through literacy and education.”
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 $182 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
Currently, the Dominican Learning Center has more than 400 adult learners enrolled, from 49 countries around the world. One of the goals of the DLC is to promote peace and non-violence among immigrant communities in Central Ohio.
About the Dominican Learning Center
The Dominican Learning Center, located in Columbus’ economically-depressed South Side, offers personalized, one-on-one education for adults with a wide variety of educational needs. Learners can improve their math or literacy skills, work towards a GED, learn English to prepare for citizenship, and sharpen computer skills. Center staff and 250 volunteer tutors meet with adult learners at libraries and other public locations convenient to the learner’s home or work. The Dominican Learning Center was founded in 1994 by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
About the Dominican Sisters of Peace:
Dominican Sisters of Peace, members of the pontifical Order of Preachers, are vowed Catholic women who strive to live a life of peace-making. The Dominican Sisters of Peace are present in 22 states and two countries. The sisters serve God’s people in many ways, including education, health care, spirituality, pastoral care, prison ministry, the arts, and care of creation. There are 450 sisters and over 650 lay associates affiliated with the congregation.
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 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 Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 80 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 16,368 stores in 45 states as of February 28, 2020. In addition to high-quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.