Dollar General Foundation awards money to Alabama & Wiregrass literacy organizations

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(WTVY) — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced the award of nearly $224,000 in literacy grants to Alabama nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools. These funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center across the 44 states Dollar General serves. The grants awarded to Alabama organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 28,000 Alabamians.

“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 the grants announced today, 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.”

Statewide grants are part of more than $8.3 million that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded this morning. Recipients of the grant announcements plan to use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, promote childhood summer reading or learn English. Alabama recipients are listed below:


Marjorie Younce Snook Public Library Summerdale Baldwin $1,000
North Baldwin Literacy Council Bay Minette Baldwin $6,000
South Baldwin Literacy Council Foley Baldwin $15,000
South Baldwin Literacy Council Foley Baldwin $2,000
Blount County Education Foundation Oneonta Blount $3,000
Oneonta Public Library Oneonta Blount $1,250
Friends of the Public Library of
Anniston-Calhoun County Inc. Anniston Calhoun $950
Hobson City Public Library Hobson City Calhoun $1,500
Enterprise Public Library Enterprise Coffee $1,200
Brantley Public Library Brantley Crenshaw $1,500
Daleville Public Library Daleville Dale $1,500

Crossville Public Library Crossville Dekalb $1,000
Geraldine Public Library Geraldine Dekalb $500
Northeast Alabama Community College Rainsville Dekalb $15,000
Coastal Alabama Community College-Atmore/Brewton Brewton Escambia $15,000
Gadsden Public Library Gadsden Etowah $1,000
Hokes Bluff Public Library Hokes Bluff Etowah $1,500
Sardis City Public Library Sardis City Etowah $1,000
Weatherford Public Library Red Bay Franklin $1,500
Moundville Public Library Moundville Hale $500
Stevenson Public Library Stevenson Jackson $1,500
Town of Dutton Community Library Dutton Jackson $1,500
Woodville Public Library Woodville Jackson $1,000
College Admissions Made Possible Birmingham Jefferson $3,000
Friends of the Homewood Public Library Homewood Jefferson $1,000
Friends of the Leeds Public Library Inc. Leeds Jefferson $2,000
Girls Inc. of Central Alabama Birmingham Jefferson $3,000
M-POWER Ministries Birmingham Jefferson $15,000
The Foundry Ministries, Inc. Bessemer Jefferson $10,000
The Literacy Council of
Central Alabama - Walker Co. Chapter Birmingham Jefferson $10,000
The Salvation Army Birmingham Area Command Birmingham Jefferson $15,000
Kennedy Public Library Kennedy Lamar $1,500
Mary Wallace Cobb Memorial Library Vernon Lamar $1,500
Millport Public Library Millport Lamar $1,500
Sulligent Public Library Sulligent Lamar $1,000
Killen Public Library Killen Lauderdale $1,000
Town Creek Public Library Town Creek Lawrence $500
Lee County Literacy Coalition Auburn Lee $15,000
Southern Union State Community College Opelika Lee $15,000
Southern Union State Community College Opelika Lee $15,000
Learn to Read Council of Athens and
Limestone County, Inc. Athens Limestone $10,000
Learn to Read Council of Athens and
Limestone County, Inc. Athens Limestone $1,050
Hayneville/Lowndes Co. Public Library Hayneville Lowndes $1,100
Huntsville-Madison County Public Library Huntsville Madison $3,000
Clyde Nix Public Library Hamilton Marion $1,500
Winfield Public Library Winfield Marion $1,500
Grant Public Library Grant Marshall $1,000
University of South Alabama Mobile Mobile $2,500
Carrollton Public Library Carrollton Pickens $2,000
Troy University Troy Pike $2,777
Angel Warriors Foundation Maylene Shelby $2,000
Harpersville Public Library Harpersville Shelby $1,000
Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library Livingston Sumter $1,000
B.B. Comer Memorial Public Library Foundation Sylacauga Talladega $1,500
The Literacy Council of West Alabama Tuscaloosa Tuscaloosa $1,000
The Literacy Council of West Alabama Tuscaloosa Tuscaloosa $1,000
Jasper Public Library Jasper Walker $1,500
Double Springs Public Library Double Springs Winston $1,500

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is also currently accepting applications for youth literacy grants through Thursday, May 17, 2018. Youth literacy grants support schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations in implementing new or expanding existing literacy efforts. Funding can be used to purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials or software to enhance literacy programs. Applications are available online at