[St. Louis, MO] – June 19, 2018 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded The Oasis Institute a $15,000 grant to support Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring. This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.
“We are thankful to be partnering in such a meaningful way with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation,” said Paul Weiss, president of The Oasis Institute. “This support will directly impact our ability to reach even more communities with a program that has made a profound difference in the lives of older adults and the children. In Missouri, we are working to expand our reach beyond counties in metro St. Louis area, with our sights set on rural communities, where the need is also great.”
Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring is the largest older adult tutoring program in the U.S., reaching more than 444,000 children since 1989. There are more than 5,000 Oasis tutors working one-on-one with children in grades K-3 in 664 schools nationwide.
In Missouri, Oasis tutors are working in St. Louis City, as well as St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson and Adair counties. Plans are in place to expand to the following Missouri counties: Cape Girardeau, Franklin, Jefferson, Knox, Lincoln, Macon, Perry, Pike, Ralls, Schuyler, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Warren and Washington.
“We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of Serving Others,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 and a legacy of helping people improve their lives through literacy and education. Including this grant, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided more than $154 million in funding to help more than 10 million people. We believe these programs can have a positive impact on the communities we serve and we look forward to continuing to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.”
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 $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
About the Oasis Institute
Oasis is a national education organization that promotes healthy aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles and service. Offering stimulating programs in the arts, humanities, health, technology and volunteer service, Oasis brings people together to learn, lead and contribute in their communities. The Oasis Institute in St. Louis is the headquarters of a national network that serves a broad audience in 49 U.S. cities through nine educational centers and 700 community partners. For more information, visit www.oasisnet.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. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 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, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,609 stores in 44 states as of March 2, 2018. In addition to high-quality, private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg's, General Mills, and PepsiCo.