United Way Receives Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation


(Rockford, IL - 07/03/2014) – United Way of Rock River Valley received a $2,500 Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its literacy programs. Specifically, the grant was used to purchase books for students in United Way's I READ program, an early-grade reading program, to help maintain reading skills over the summer months. United Way I READ volunteers contributed to the grant, raising the total to $4,785.

Most students are learning to read until the end of third grade. Beginning in fourth grade, however, students begin reading to learn, and without reading proficiency, a child's participation in school is jeopardized. United Way's I READ program connects volunteer reading mentors with kindergarten students to help them achieve literacy goals by fourth grade. Through the Dollar General Literacy grant, 371 I READ students received four books to take home over the summer. In total, United Way of Rock River Valley distributed over 66,000 books this year through its literacy initiatives.

"Reading is one of the more important things children can do in summer to keep their skills sharp for the next school year," says Paul A. Logli, President/CEO, United Way of Rock River Valley. "Through the Dollar General grant, we are able to equip our younger readers with books for the summer so they can return to school ready to learn."

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, 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 $84.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

"Youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarded at the beginning of the academic year to help make a distinct impact on the communities we serve by supporting programs that improve education and enhance literacy," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO. "At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others and it's exciting to see the real difference literacy and learning makes in people's lives."

For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, please visit www.dgliteracy.org.


About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for nearly 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, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With more than 10,600 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.com.


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.