United Way receives grant to support ReadUP tutoring expansion

Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports books, materials for up to 400 struggling readers

United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) recently received a $3,000  grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support its literacy programs. The funds will purchase books and instructional materials for United Way's new ReadUP Corps tutoring program.

This school year, 20 AmeriCorps members will tutor up to 400 first and second graders who struggle with reading in 10 Indianapolis Public Schools. The program builds on United Way's volunteer tutoring program that started in 2007 and is helping bring third and fourth grade students up to grade level reading abilities.

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"Learning to read is a skill that our children must master to be successful," said Ann D. Murtlow, UWCI's president and chief executive officer.  “This grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation will give our AmeriCorps tutors the tools they need to give the gift of reading to more kids, further strengthening the gains made through our volunteer program, ReadUp.”

ReadUP Corps is among UWCI's strategies to address poor educational outcomes. By focusing on kindergarten readiness and grade level reading, UWCI and its school and community partners are working to assure that all children have the opportunities and resources to succeed in school and in life.

“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.”


Dollar General Literacy Foundation
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. For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, please visit www.dgliteracy.org.


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Twenty AmeriCorp members recently completed United Way of Central Indiana training and have begun tutoring first and second graders who struggle with reading in 10 Indianapolis Public Schools. A grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation helped United Way purchase books and materials for the new tutors. Pictured are: (back row, from left): Troy Tate, Arkies Lewis, Jenny Vicenzi, Mackenzie Cain, Lesley Maatman, Leslie Harding, Jim Wood and, Todd Byrne. (middle row, from left):  Dipa Patel, Rachael Huddy, Hanna Yaeger, Eric Leveque, Kate Wood, Dawn Hawkins, Chantel Massey, Dusty Taylor, Sarah Hudson and Angel Stackhouse.  Kathy Williams and Sabrina Zachary are in front.


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Mary L. Kinney
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