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Dollar General Supports Detroit’s Youth Literacy

For the second time this year, St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center received a generous grant from national retail leader Dollar General.

 
PRLog - Sep. 25, 2012 - Sept. 25, 2012 - DETROIT -- For the second time this year, St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center received a generous grant from national retail leader Dollar General. This time, the Center was chosen as a Youth Literacy grant recipient.  The Center was selected because of its unique approach to supplemental learning that provides diverse learning approaches complemented by one-on-one tutoring from caring community volunteers.

“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is pleased to support the literacy efforts of St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center in Detroit,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “The Youth Literacy grants are awarded annually at the start of the school year so that the funds are in place to have an impact on reading education and support.”  

The St. Vincent & Sarah Fisher Center is the only Detroit organization and one of only two Michigan sites to receive Dollar General’s youth literacy funding.  The $3,000 grant from Dollar General will help the Center expand its existing youth literacy program and purchase new technology, software, books and other materials.    
“Our efforts are greatly dependent on support from organizations like Dollar General,” said Diane Renaud, Executive Director/CEO of the Center. “Helping the children of Detroit requires a partnership between parents, businesses, volunteers and outreach programs offered at St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center.  Our work is not possible without these many hands joining together.”
Earlier this year, Dollar General awarded a $12,000 grant for the Center’s GED completion program -- a free, personalized tutoring program that focuses on helping Detroit adults earn their GED.  
“We’re obviously doing something very right here,” Renaud said.  “Our classes are filled to capacity and our students are making significant improvements at school.  We are only restricted by the classroom size and the number of volunteers available to work with kids.  I can’t stress enough the need for involvement from adults and I guarantee you will find a very rewarding experience.”
The Children’s Education Experience is a community based, individualized after-school and summer education experience program for children in grades 1-3, designed to offer year round reading and math skill building to bridge the educational gap in Detroit. Volunteers are welcome and needed for many programs at the Center. Call (313) 535-9200 if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

In August, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded grants totaling more than $2 million to 564 non-profit organizations, community groups, schools and libraries throughout the United States. It is estimated that approximately 315,000 youth will be served as a result of these grants.  

The St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center
Founded in 1844, the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center most recently served Southeastern Michigan as a residential/foster care agency for children. However, in 2006, the Center closed its residential campus due to elimination of funding. It was determined that rather than close the doors of the organization, to return to its roots – providing assistance to the residents of the community through educational program.

St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center moved to Detroit to continue nearly 170 years of service to the community through basic skill-building and academic enhancement for at-risk children and adults. These programs are designed to help build self-sufficiency skills for academic and employment success, personal achievement and dignity.  In March 2011, The Education Experience was launched, with expanded hours and programs, to better serve the community. For more information, visit http://www.svsfcenter.org/
About Dollar General
Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with 10,000 stores in 40 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. 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. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.

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