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January 31, 2014

Dollar General Creates a Reading Revolution
Major Retailer Donated $840,000 and Surprised 21 Schools Across the Country

Goodlettsville, Tenn.—January 31, 2014 – This morning, Dollar General will culminate the inaugural year of its Reading Revolution program when representatives surprise students, teachers and administration with a major donation of $40,000 to support and enhance literacy at Odessa High School in Odessa, Texas. (more)

Odessa High School is the 21st school since October in which Dollar General has launched a Reading Revolution and given principals, librarians and media specialists a wonderful, unexpected surprise to provide supplemental resources to assist in students’ future successes. In total, Dollar General provided $840,000 in donations to positively impact the education of nearly 14,000 students across the country.

“Dollar General is very passionate about its mission of Serving Others and commitment to improving lives through literacy and education,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s Chairman and CEO. “We hope these donations will help equip schools with the tools and resources needed to improve students’ learning experiences and excited to see the impact these donations will make across the country.”

Rooted in Dollar General’s company mission of Serving Others and reflective of its strong advocacy for literacy, the Reading Revolution program provided the schools with $40,000 to use at their discretion to enhance literacy and reading programs. Schools may use the funds to purchase books, computers, tablets or other educational supplies that best meet the unique needs of their student population.

Schools were chosen due to their close proximity to one of Dollar General’s 12 distribution centers or near stores that were among the company’s largest contributors to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s Cash Cube program.

“By supporting each of these schools with $40,000, we hope to help students become better readers, more successful students and lifelong learners,” said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s director of community initiatives.

 

Recipients include:

Santa Fe High School

 

 

Alachua, Fla.

Jefferson Elementary School

Ardmore, Okla.

Bessemer City Middle School

Bessemer, Ala.

Bethel Elementary School

Bethel, Pa.

Fulton Middle School

Fulton, Mo.

Gentry High School

Indianola, Miss.

Jonesville Elementary/Middle School

Jonesville, S.C.

College Heights Elementary School

Bakersfield, Calif.

Frances Slocum Elementary School

Marion, Ind.

James E. Bazzell Middle School

Scottsville, Ky.

Sinai Elementary School

Halifax, Va.

Zane Grey Elementary School

Zanesville, Ohio

Goodlettsville Elementary School

Goodlettsville, Tenn.

Muhlenberg Elementary Center

Laureldale, Pa.

Portageville Elementary School

Portageville, Mo.

Wingate Elementary

Wingate, N.C.

Huguley Elementary School

Lanett, Ala.

Cox Elementary School

Xenia, Ohio

Odessa High School

Odessa, Texas

Waycross Middle School

Waycross, Ga.

Fay Herron Elementary

Las Vegas, Nev.

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About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 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 11,000 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.

August 21, 2013

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards More Than $2.5 Million to Approximately 650 Schools, Nonprofits and Literacy Organizations across the U.S.
Grants provide funding for youth literacy programs

Goodlettsville, Tenn. – August 21, 2013 — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation today awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to approximately 650 schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations to support youth literacy programs.(more)

“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.”

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.

A complete list of grant recipients may be found online at www.dgliteracy.org and grant applications for adult, family, summer and youth literacy grants will be available in January 2014.

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About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 70 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!(R) 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 10,000 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.

August 7, 2013

Dollar General Honors Seven Employees with Serving Others Award
Employees recognized for their commitment to company’s mission of Serving Others

Goodlettsville, Tenn. August 7, 2013 – Dollar General today announced seven employees were recognized with a Serving Others Award for their commitment to the company’s mission of Serving Others through their volunteerism, philanthropy and dedication to organizations in their communities. The award is presented to employees who live Dollar General’s mission, both at work and in their personal lives.(more)

“I’m proud of the ways our employees embrace our mission of Serving Others,” said Dollar General’s Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling. “Employees honored with this award are positive stewards of the company’s mission and consistently go above and beyond to make a difference in their hometowns.”

In a special ceremony at a recent company meeting, recipients were presented the Serving Others award and to further recognize employees’ volunteer work, Dollar General will present a $2,500 grant to their volunteer organization on their behalf.

Recipients of the fall 2013 Serving Others Awards are:

  • Delinda Reiter, district manager in Warren, Ohio
  • Steve Vogt, store manager in Tekamah, Neb.
  • Mickeal Hanson, lead sales associate in Hamilton, Ga.
  • Travis Guillory, store manager in Lafayette, La.
  • Bill Moore, store manager in Columbus, Ohio
  • Charles Crawford, store manager in Bryan, Texas
  • Douglas Campbell, store manager in Athens, Ga.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at pr@dg.com.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 70 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!(R) 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 10,000 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.

May 20, 2013

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards Over $6 Million to More Than 725 Schools, Nonprofits and Literacy Organizations across the U.S.
Grants provide funding for adult, family and summer literacy programs


Goodlettsville, Tenn. – May 20, 2013—The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to announce the award of over $6 million in grants to more than 725 schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations to support adult, family and summer literacy programs.(more)

“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

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 $81 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.7 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

A complete list of grant recipients may be found online at www.dgliteracy.org.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is also currently accepting applications for youth literacy grants through Thursday, May 23, 2013. Applications may be completed online at 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 10,000 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.

August 27, 2012

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards more than $2 Million in Grants to 564 Schools and Organizations Nationwide
Youth Literacy Grants will help more than 315,000 students improve reading skills.

GOODLETTSVILLE, TN – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Youth Literacy grants totaling more than $2 million to 564 schools and nonprofit organizations throughout its market area. It is estimated that approximately 315,000 youth will be served as a result of these grants.(more)

“We award the grants at the start of the school year so that the funds are in place to have an impact on reading education and support,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO.

He noted, “Reading is an essential building block to a bright future. We award the Youth Literacy grants to help provide schools and nonprofit organizations with resources that support their efforts to strengthen literacy skills and education.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy grants are used to assist with implementing new or expanding existing youth literacy programs, to purchase new technology or equipment to support youth literacy initiatives; or to purchase books, materials or software for youth literary programs.

Since its founding, Dollar General has been committed to supporting literacy and education. To further this support, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993 to improve the functional literacy of adults and families by providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy. Dollar General Youth Literacy grants are one component of the foundation’s grant program.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $74 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.4 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency.

For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or for a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

Aug 09, 2012

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation renews support for 'The American Dream Starts @ your library'Grants will increase literacy resources for adult English language learners CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA), with generous support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, is offering a third round of “The American Dream Starts @ your library®” literacy grants to add or improve literacy services at public libraries nationwide.(more)

Since 2007, American Dream grants have helped 100 libraries throughout Dollar General’s market area develop strong English as a Second Language collections, increase computer access, build community partnerships and raise the visibility of library services to immigrant communities. Additionally, American Dream libraries developed an accessible knowledge base of easily replicable programs, coalition-building strategies and print and digital resources for libraries to use in their communities.

This new funding builds on and expands the efforts of the previous two rounds. In this round, 50 libraries will be selected to receive $5,000 to $15,000 American Dream grants. Public libraries or public library bookmobiles focused on literacy services for adult English language learners and their families are eligible. In addition, libraries must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center or corporate office. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.

“There are very few gifts that last a lifetime. Literacy is one of them. It empowers individuals to increase their education and employability,” said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s director of community initiatives. “We are pleased to partner with the American Library Association to expand services to English language learners and to help enhance individuals’ potential to unleash their American Dream.”

“This new grant round for the "American Dream Starts @ your library" program will enable 50 more public libraries to chart a new course for a more literate America. This new course will lead to transformational and innovative programs through the expansion of literacy services to adult English-language learners and their families.” said Maureen Sullivan, ALA 2012-2013 president. “The American Library Association is deeply grateful to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for its generous support. Libraries will continue to help build the dream for many Americans and empower them to be full participants in their local communities.”

To learn more about the "American Dream Starts @ your library®" literacy grants and to access the grant application, please visit www.americandreamtoolkit.org.

About the ALA

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 60,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

About Dollar General

Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 10,000 neighborhood stores. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $71.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.1 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com..

May 10, 2012

THE DOLLAR GENERAL LITERACY FOUNDATION GIVES MORE THAN $6.4 MILLION TO SUPPORT LITERACY ACROSS THE U.S.
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. -- (May 10, 2012) -- The Dollar General Literacy Foundation today awarded more than $6.4 million in grants to 593 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools. (more)

“Literacy is the key for opening doors to new opportunities and better lives,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO.  “We are pleased to help local organizations enhance and expand their literacy programs to make education more accessible to everyone.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded grants to schools and organizations in communities across the 39 states served by Dollar General.  The funding supports programs such as adult literacy, GED preparation and English language acquisition.  More than 410,300 individuals are expected to benefit from literacy services provided by the grants.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants annually to schools, nonprofit organizations and libraries to support education and literacy in the communities where its customers, employees and their families live and work.  Available grants and a complete list of grant recipients are available at www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with 10,000 stores in 39 states. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $71.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.1 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com .