Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast Receives $10,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Literacy

This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Goodwill Easter Seals a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy.  This local grant award is part of over $7.1 million in grants awarded to more than 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves.

“ Goodwill Easter Seals  has made a commitment to provide adult literacy in our Gulf Coast community and we are most appreciative of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for partnering with us for over 10 years for this much needed service,” said Frank Harkins, President & CEO of Goodwill Easter Seals.  “With their help, over 18,000 adults in the Mobile area have received the remediation necessary to improve the quality of their lives, and those of their children.”

Goodwill Easter Seals offers individual instruction provided by specially trained volunteers to help adult non-readers obtain basic literacy skills. Students and volunteers work together one to two times each week at convenient locations throughout the community. Volunteers are also placed in our Adult Education classes where they assist staff instructors in providing students the individualized attention and mentoring necessary to make progress. Weekly classes are provided to adults who are in need of basic skill remediation and GED preparation.  Small classes, taught by program staff instructors, are offered at 5  locations throughout Mobile.  Additionally, outreach program sites, staffed by GES instructors and/or volunteers, make Adult Education more accessible to the vast communities throughout our region.

“Consistent with our mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide these organizations with funding to further literacy and education across the communities we call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “It is always so exciting to see the true and meaningful impact the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has on both children and adults looking to improve their lives through literacy.”
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 $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
About Goodwill Easter Seals
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast has served individuals in coastal Alabama and Florida communities for 60 years, providing family strengthening and support, adult education, environmental advocacy, and workforce development for more than 11,000 people annually while diverting 1.8 million pounds from landfills each year. The mission of Goodwill Easter Seals is to provide services to individuals and families in need of education and employment services including job training and career services to people with disabilities, those who lack education or work experience and others who face challenges to finding employment. Goodwill Easter Seals aims to not only help people earn jobs, but also to encourage them to take advantage of the services available to improve their financial stability and better care for their families. To learn more, visit www.gesgc.org

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 as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years.  Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.3 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org. 

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. 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, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operates 12,483 stores in 43 states as of January 29, 2016. 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. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

TONIGHT: Local woman to be featured on national TV show to reveal a secret she has been keeping her entire life

Goodwill Easter Seals and ProLiteracy are excited to announce that the TV show “Secret Lives of Americans” has filmed an episode about an adult who struggles with low literacy skills. Secret Lives of Americans is a groundbreaking documentary series that takes an unflinching look at the secrets people keep and the strength that it takes to reveal them to friends and family. Watch the story of Cleo, a loving and supportive mother from Mount Vernon, Alabama, who has always encouraged her children to pursue their educational goals—all while keeping a secret that’s been holding her back. Watch the episode on Friday, June 3 at 9:00 p.m. CST on Pivot TV (or online at the link below).

Please join us in raising awareness of adult literacy by sharing this post to help improve lives through literacy. Goodwill Easter Seals offers literacy tutoring and adult education classes at many locations on the Gulf Coast If you or someone you love is struggling with literacy, please call us… we can help TODAY. (251) 375-9114

WATCH THE CLIP HERE:

Cleo