Prince William County adults are strengthening their English literacy and preparing for the workplace.
A Dale City-based non-profit is receiving funding they need to assist them.
Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Literacy Volunteers of America — Prince William (LVA-PW) with a $5,000 grant.
LVA-PW provides classes for low-income adults that focus on a range of topics, including reading and writing, GED preparation, and civics and citizenship.
The funding will support the ESL and Job Readiness for New Immigrants Program, according to a release from LVA-PW.
With the grant, LVA-PW seeks to assist at least 120 individuals develop job skills, change from part-time to full-time work, receive a promotion, or find a better job.
“This is particularly important with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as many of our adults have lost jobs or hours,” Executive Director Deborah Abbott said in a release. “Dollar General’s support will enable LVA-PW to transition our award-winning program to offer distance learning options to our adult learners in the hope of helping those who most in need navigate a path forward during these challenging times.”
The grant is part of at least $8.6 million in funding that’s going to more than 950 schools and organizations.
“During these extraordinary times, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to support communities’ literacy and educational advancements through funds that will impact thousands of students across the country,” Dollar General CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member Todd Vasos said in a release. “We are proud to support the meaningful and impactful work that each of today’s recipients conduct and support their ongoing efforts to help individuals improve their lives through literacy and education.”