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Jun062016

Community Action of Southern Kentucky Receives $12,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Family Literacy

Scottsville, KY – June 6, 2016–Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Community Action of Southern Kentucky a $12,000 grant to support family 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.

“We are very fortunate to have community partners like the Dollar General Literacy Foundation that help us fulfill our mission and improve the lives of families in Allen County, KY,” said Melissa Weaver, CEO/Executive Director at Community Action of Southern Kentucky. “It is our hope to use these funds to make a difference in the lives of our families with pre-school age children and those in need of employment skills. We have no other funds that are specific to literacy in any of our other 10 counties, which makes this funding so special and efffective.”

Community Action’s literacy efforts are focused on:

• Improving math, writing, reading, grammar, and computer skills for unemployed and underemployed adults through real life experiences

• Education and early childhood development to provide all children with a safe, nurturing, engaging, enjoyable, and secure learning environment, in order to help them gain the awareness, skills, and confidence necessary to succeed in their present environment, and to deal with later responsibilities in school and in life

• PACT(Parent and Child Together) time to help parents see themselves as their children’s first teacher, see how their children learn best, and to provide an opportunity for parents to interact with their children in a learning environment where teachers can model learning strategies and offer support

“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 Community Action of Southern Kentucky

At Community Action of Southern Kentucky, our mission is “We team with community partners to provide human services with dignity and respect, empowering people in Southern Kentucky to achieve stability and economic security. We have a heart for the people in our communities. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to be safe, clothed, fed, warm, educated, healthy and most of all have hope. It is our privilege and responsibility to help people achieve these things and have access to all resources. We are a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation funded by Federal, state, and local government funding, private contributions, and user fees. Community Action is governed by a board of directors, representing elected officials, community representatives, and low income citizens and advocates. Professional and dedicated support staff are assigned to the various programs in each county. With a budget and assets over $15 million, Community Action maintains approximately 35 program facilities in our 10-county area.

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.

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