Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant brings $3,000 to the community
Kesha Williams October 20, 2014
Elizabeth City State University's Community Development Program is primarily known
for its role as a non-profit agency that addresses the housing and community development
needs of residents who live in rural northeastern North Carolina.
Yet, it also had the capacity to assist other non-profit organizations with their
need for resources that support community, social, and educational initiatives. One
example of the Community Development Program's efforts to assist another organization
is with the recent award of a $3,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Morris Autry, director of the Community Development Program, collaborated with the
Elizabeth City State University Foundation to apply for a youth literacy grant from
the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Once selected, they referred the funding to
the Elizabeth City Boys and Girls Club. The funds will be used to purchase equipment
to support their literacy initiatives. Autry said the decision to apply for a grant
that would ultimately benefit another organization is not uncommon.
"The Community Development Program applied for the grant in compliance of its mission
to offer technical assistance to organizations who serve the community. This grant
will assist the Elizabeth City Boys and Girls Club to purchase books, educational
materials or software for literacy programs."
According to Morris Autry, director of the ECSU Community Development Program, assisting
another organization with their search for funding is an important service they can
"Our goal is to ultimately help students attending the club who may be reading below
grade level or experience difficulty reading."
Autry and Ms. Dorothy Dixon, executive director of the Elizabeth City Boys and Girls
Club, hope this initiative will be the boost they need to establish a reading room
and mini library at the club which recently located to its new location in the old
Elizabeth City Middle School at 306 N. Road Street.