Mar 17

Week of Caring April 13-18, 2015

Greensboro, North Carolina

 

Spring into action with United Way by supporting the community you live and work in through volunteerism. National Volunteer Week starts April 13 and United Way of Greater Greensboro is hosting a Week of Caring to join the fun! Together, we will make a lasting and positive difference in the lives of others in our community.

Check out the volunteer projects below and register to volunteer during United Way’s Week of Caring.

 Register Now

 

April 1-15  Book Drive

Did you know that children from low-income households can lose two or more months of reading achievement over the summer months? This is due in part to not having books at home to read. You can help us fight summer learning loss this summer by getting more books in the hands of children who need them. Donate new and gently used books for Pre-K through 12th grade students; donations will be received April 1-15 at United Way of Greater Greensboro, 1500 Yanceyville St., Greensboro, from 9:00am-5:00pm daily. Book donations will be distributed to children and families during Guilford County Schools’ Family Fun Day hosted by Guilford Parent Academy. We also need help cleaning, sorting and labeling the books on Friday, April 17.

 

April 13-17 Storytime Packs

Create and build fun reading activities for parents and children to engage and learn together. Storytime Packs include a book and related activity. As parents read the book with their children, they can learn and comprehend more with the hands on activity. This volunteer project is perfect for small to large groups in workplaces, places of worship, schools and more and can be completed on your own time at your own location!

 

April 14 – Club Connect Reading Oasis

(A volunteer project for Women’s Leadership Council Step-Up members)

Help give children at Wiley Elementary a love of reading through a new Club Connect Reading Oasis filled with hundreds of NEW books for the school. This project includes assembling shelving units, sorting and stamping books, moving furniture and more.

 

April 15 – YMCA Camp Weaver Beautification Projects 

Don’t mind getting your hands dirty? Lend a helping hand to prep and prepare the grounds for another fun and enriching summer session at YMCA’s Camp Weaver. This is a great way to help give children in our community a meaningful summer camp experience, and a beautiful setting to enjoy it in. Great for small or large groups. Up to 60 volunteers needed.

 

April 18 – Human Race 

Get ready for a little bit of fitness and a whole lot of fun with United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Human Race team. Each year, The Volunteer Center of Greensboro hosts The Human Race to raise funds for nonprofits throughout our community. Join our team and give back with each step! Learn more and sign-up here.

 

Not able to join us during Week of Caring? Have no fear–volunteering happens all year! Check out this great opportunity coming up at the end of April.

April 24 – Thriving at 3 Raising A Reader Celebration

Volunteer during the annual celebration Thriving at 3 Celebration at Greensboro’s Central Library. This annual event gathers children and their families to celebrate the gains in children’s early literacy skills and connect families to library resources to encourage fun and learning. SIGN UP HERE >>

 

Mar 09

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

CONTACT
Dana Carter
United Way of Greater Greensboro
(p) 336-378-6617
(e) dana.carter@unitedwaygso.org

United Way of Greater Greensboro, Guilford Child Development Partner To Break Cycle of Poverty,
Pilot Family Success Center For Neighborhoods in 27406 

(Greensboro, NC – March 9, 2015) — United Way of Greater Greensboro, with its lead partner Guilford Child Development, is driving the effort to implement Greensboro’s first Family Success Center to provide solutions that reduce poverty in Greensboro neighborhoods.

“Job placement and achieving family financial stability for low income families, the major objectives of the Family Success Center, may represent the two most difficult challenges in the field of health and human services,” says Robin Britt, Executive Director of Guilford Child Development. “Our goal is to achieve ‘systems change’ by collaborating with a broad array of agencies to align services, by removing barriers, and by empowering families to make progress toward self sufficiency.”

The Family Success Center pilot follows United Way of Greater Greensboro’s announcement that it will focus its work on breaking the cycle of poverty for the next decade and more. Guilford Child Development was chosen as the lead partner for Family Success Center for its expertise in helping children and families reach their full potential. Guilford Child Development operates Head Start programs that serve children ages zero to five and enhance early child development while assisting families create the strong educational foundation necessary to be successful in school and in life. By federal definition Head Start participants fall at or under 100% of the family federal poverty line ($24,250 for a family of four). Greensboro currently struggles with a 20% poverty rate, a number that has seen steady increase since 2008.

“Greensboro has great human service organizations currently addressing issues related to poverty,” says Michelle Gethers-Clark, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro. “Our intention is to create a new system of collaboration between nonprofit, government and businesses that works together to provide solutions for all members of a family. The system will deliver wrap around services that embrace new ideas for/from clients and implement known human service techniques that work. Members of the neighborhood pilot will be accountable for their success that leads to financial independence. When people feel successful, the community is successful.”

The Family Success Center will begin as an 18-month pilot in zip code 27406 that will offer integrated, place-based services to help meet the needs of the entire family with the goal that each family enters the path toward self-sufficiency. The new system views the family as a unit and plans to serve every member of the household. The primary features of the system include family engagement, client input, testing and learning, and increasing flexible access to services. The ultimate goals are to increase per capita income for low-income neighborhoods, improve community health, and enhance school readiness (which will help ensure children graduate from high school). During the next 36 months, United Way of Greater Greensboro will lead the development of Family Success Centers in at least three other zip codes in Greensboro.

Families currently enrolled in Guilford Child Development programs in zip code 27406 are being given the opportunity to opt-in to the pilot. Up to 100 families will work through the 18-month pilot to develop their own self-sufficiency plan which will be supported through workshops, trainings, and individual coaching sessions.

“Integrated servicing is not a new concept, but it’s new to Greensboro in this form,” says Frank McCain, vice president of community investment and impact at United Way of Greater Greensboro. “After benchmarking similar programs from San Francisco to Chicago and even neighboring Winston-Salem, we know this type of deep collaboration is a monumental change to how we have previously addressed poverty in Greensboro; a change in the right direction.”

The Family Success Center will officially kick-off on Thursday, March 26 where more than a dozen additional community partners will be announced.

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United Way of Greater Greensboro makes investments in our community to serve those in need so that all individuals and families can succeed. United Way is a worldwide network in 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. To give, advocate and volunteer, visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org.

Feb 19
(Greensboro, NC – February 19, 2015) – On an annual basis, United Way of North Carolina recognizes and awards extraordinary companies and organizations that have demonstrated commitment and support to their community through partnerships and engagement with local United Ways. This year, United Way of Greater Greensboro is thrilled to recognize five recipients of this prestigious award in our area.
VF Corporation
Outstanding Business Campaign 1001-1500 Employees
Guilford County Human Resources Department
Outstanding City/County Municipality up to 50 Employees
City of Greensboro and Guilford County Employee Campaign
Outstanding City/County Municipality 5001+ Employees
E.P. Pearce Elementary School
Outstanding School Campaign 51-100 Employees
Guilford County Schools
Outstanding School Campaigns 5001+ Employees
“It is through the generosity and compassion expressed by our donors and volunteers that we are able to impact lives,” says Michelle Gethers-Clark, president and CEO at United Way of Greater Greensboro. “The organizations we honor with Spirit of North Carolina awards have made a stand as philanthropic leaders in Greensboro and are shining examples of the power of love for mankind.”
It’s more than just about the dollars raised to support initiatives and programs that affect community change, it’s working together to tackle the hard issues communities face and build long-term solutions.
Businesses, professional and non-profit organizations, governmental entities, healthcare and educational institutions – large and small – are nominated to receive this award because they are champions of change, raise their voice to find the good in the community, volunteer their time and expertise, and invest resources. Hats off to all nominees and winners.
A team of 20 United Way leaders from across the state judged 75 outstanding applications with 42 selected as winners. Seven Standards of Excellence are the criteria on which applications are judged, some of which include volunteer culture, partnership with community to raise awareness of needs and foster a spirit of giving, leadership involvement, and campaign coordination. Awards were presented to the winning companies during the United Way of North Carolina’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Friday, February 13, 2015 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
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United Way of Greater Greensboro makes investments in our community to serve those in need so that all individuals and families can succeed. United Way is a worldwide network in 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. To give, advocate and volunteer, visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org.
Feb 10
United Way of Greater Greensboro, Community Partners Offer Free Tax Preparation in Greater Greensboro
(Greensboro, NC – February 10, 2015)  – It’s tax season and there is a lot to know. United Way of Greater Greensboro is helping individuals and families access free tax preparation services available in our community to keep and grow their money.
“Our community’s free tax preparation services will help many families get Earned Income Tax Credit and the maximum refund they’re due,” says Frank McCain, vice president of community investment and impact at United Way of Greater Greensboro. “This is money they can save or use to pay off bills, help buy that car to get to work or contribute to a down payment on a home.”
FREE TAX ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE IN GREENSBORO
 
If your household earned $60,000 or less in 2014, you qualify for free tax preparation. United Way has partnered with many local organizations to provide free tax preparation services for low- to moderate-income households in the Greater Greensboro area.
There are TWO KINDS of free tax assistance.
1. In-person Tax Preparation and Filing:  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers IRS-trained volunteers to prepare taxes for people with a household income of $53,000 or less in 2014.
Taxpayers should bring to their appointment:
     a. Any tax documents such as forms W-2, 1099, or 1098.
     b. Social Security cards or ITIN letters for ALL persons on your tax return. If you don’t have the original Social Security card available, a photocopy of the card is acceptable, or an official government letter with proof of the Social Security number for the individual. The volunteer must see the document. You cannot just tell them the number from memory–no exceptions.
     c. Picture ID (such as valid driver’s license) for you and, if you are filing jointly with your spouse, a photo ID for your spouse as well.
     d. For direct deposit of your refund, you must have proof of financial institution information (like a blank check).
     e. Not required but a good idea is to have a copy of your previous year tax return.
2. Online Tax Preparation:  Individuals in households earning up to $60,000 can file their returns for themselves online at www.MyFreeTaxes.com, provided by H&R Block in cooperation with the Walmart Foundation, Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute, and United Way Worldwide.  Taxpayers filing online have access to tax law experts through online chat or a toll-free phone number. This is a good option for people who have relatively simple returns, confidence in using the Internet, and a desire to be able to file their own taxes independently.
UNITED WAY’S FAMILY ECONOMIC SUCCESS DAY – Friday, February 27
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United Way and BB&T have teamed up to offer free in-person tax preparation services, financial management workshops, and free credit reports. Learn more at www.unitedwaygso.org
EITC COULD MEAN MORE MONEY IN THE BANK.
The IRS estimates that one in five eligible workers do not get the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) they have earned. United Way wants everyone who is eligible for the credit to receive it. If you earned less than $52,427 from wages or running a business or farm, see if you qualify for EITC.
EITC is designed to “make work pay,” by supplementing eligible workers’ earnings with additional income. The amount of the credit varies depending on filing status, the number of qualifying children, if any, and the amount of earnings. This money not only helps workers and their families, but the communities in which they live. On average, EITC adds $2,400 to working families’ refunds. Receive general guidance about EITC by calling MyFreeTaxes at 1-855-MY-TX-HELP (1-855-698-9435).
The 2015 Greater Greensboro Free Tax Prep Coalition includes: BB&T Bank, City of Greensboro, Greensboro Housing Authority, Guilford Child Development, Housing Consultants Group, Internal Revenue Service – Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC), Jamestown Public Library, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, North Carolina A&T State University, Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency, Senior Resources of Guilford, Shepherd’s Center, The Arc of Greensboro, The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, True Salvation Outreach Ministry, United Way of Greater Greensboro, and YWCA of Greensboro.
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United Way of Greater Greensboro makes investments in our community to serve those in need so that all individuals and families can succeed. United Way is a worldwide network in 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. To give, advocate and volunteer, visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org.

 

Feb 05

City of Greensboro accepts White House challenge, partners with United Way of Greater Greensboro to improve outcomes for young people

 

(Greensboro, NC – January 28, 2015) — The City of Greensboro has proudly accepted the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge launched by President Obama in 2014. The MBK initiative aims to improve life outcomes for all young people, including boys and young men of color, and to ensure that all youth can achieve their full potential, regardless of the circumstances into which they are born.

 

“This program provides a foundation to use to make a positive difference in the lives of young people in our community,” says Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan. “We need to ensure that young people in Greensboro are cared for, loved, and encouraged so that they can grow up to live successful lives and continue to make our city special, diverse, and vibrant.”

 

The initiative aims to bring together government, law enforcement, business, non-profit, philanthropic, faith, and community leaders around shared goals for young people in this country. Mayors, Tribal leaders, town and county executives are encouraged to build and execute comprehensive strategies that ensure:

  • All children enter school cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally prepared;
  • All children read at grade level by third grade;
  • All young people graduate from high school;
  • All young people complete post-secondary education or training;
  • All youth out of school are employed; and
  • All young people are safe from violent crime.

 

The City of Greensboro will partner with United Way of Greater Greensboro to build and execute a plan to implement coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategies aimed at improving life outcomes for all young people, consistent with the goals and recommendations of the White House’s MBK Task Force’s May, 2014 report.

 

“Too many young people right here in Greensboro lack sufficient support to succeed in school and in life,” says Michelle Gethers-Clark, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro. “As a result, we see increased high school drop-out rates and increased rates of poverty in these young people. Each of us has the power to truly impact the future for these kids by simply being a caring adult in their life.”

 

Individuals interested in getting involved with My Brother’s Keeper are encouraged to sign up as mentors in their communities. Individuals can find mentoring opportunities through United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Mentoring Matters Initiative at www.UnitedWayGSO.org/mentor. Mentoring opportunities throughout the country can be found at WH.gov/mybrotherskeeper.

 

United Way of Greater Greensboro currently supports and operates programs and initiatives that work to improve educational success outcomes for children and families in our community including Thriving at 3 and Mentoring Matters.

 

Greensboro joins nearly 140 other MBK communities and tribal nations across the country including Durham, N.C.

 

 

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About the City of Greensboro

The City works with the community to improve the quality of life for residents through inclusion, diversity, and trust. As the seventh largest employer in Greensboro, the City has a professional staff of 3,000 employees who maintain the values of honesty, integrity, stewardship, and respect. The City is governed by a council-manager form of government with a mayor and eight council members. For more information on the City, visit www.greensboro-nc.gov or call 336-373-CITY (2489).

 

United Way of Greater Greensboro makes investments in our community to serve those in need so that all individuals and families can succeed. United Way is a worldwide network in 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. To give, advocate and volunteer, visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org.

 

 

Nov 21
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Black Friday… Cyber Monday… Giving Tuesday! This December 2nd, show that the holidays can be about both giving and giving back. 

Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters.
Nov 14
2014-Legislative_Briefing-Email_Header 
WHEN: Friday, December 5, 2014. 10am-12:00pm

HOSTED BY: United Ways of Forsyth County, Greater Greensboro and Greater High Point. 

WHERE: Girl Scouts Peaks to Piedmont, 1203 Frances Daily Ct, Colfax, NC 27235

 

United Way and the NC Budget and Tax Center are teaming up to share the story of North Carolina’s economy, the condition of the state budget and engage with you in duscussion about the issues affecting your community. As part of the event, rgional data wll be presented to demonstrate the impacts behing felt in local communities. When you leave, prepare to roll up your sleeves and put what you learned into action right where you live and work. Here is a snapshot of what you can expect:

 

- Information on North Carolina’s economy and how families are faring;

 

- Overview of state budget decisions and 2014 short session results which affect education, financial stability and health;

 

- What we can expect from the 2015 long session; and,

 

- Tools to make an impact on the issues you care most about.

 

Please register and join with others in your neighborhood to focus your local advocacy efforts and achieve great outcomes.

 

REGISTER NOW:

http://www.unitedwaync.org/2014legislativebriefings

 

Nov 11
2014-15 UWGG Campaign Chair

2014-15 UWGG Campaign Chair

Dana Carter of United Way of Greater Greensboro sat down with Jason Bohrer, chair of the 2014-15 United Way of Greater Greensboro campaign, to learn more about his aspirations, inspirations and leadership.
Carter: What inspired you to accept the request to serve as campaign chair?

Bohrer: I have been involved with United Way since entering the workplace. It was an honor to be asked to serve as chair and I enthusiastically accepted. Frankly, it is a scary job. So many in the community depend on us to be successful. I accepted because I believe in the mission of United Way, I enjoy the community engagement and am energized by the professional team I get to work with every day.

One of the great strengths of this organization is the fact that there are so many community members who hold the organization accountable. Community volunteers are the backbone of United Way and they are in the trenches. Because of that oversight, donors can give to United Way of Greater Greensboro in full confidence that their dollars are working hard for the community in ways that make the most meaningful impact.

Carter: What is your aspiration for this year’s United Way of Greater Greensboro campaign?

Bohrer: Due to both local and national economic conditions, United Way of Greater Greensboro had a five-year run of declining fundraising. Last year, the team turned the corner and raised $11,000,000. Our goal this year is to continue the positive trend and raise more money than last year. In the long term, our aspirations are to be a $15,000,000 annual campaign and over the next few years we will do everything we can to get there. The more dollars we raise, the more people we can serve and lives we can change. All in all, that means a stronger Greensboro.

Carter: What will be your primary focus during the campaign?

Bohrer: This year we have a lot to discuss with the community. United Way has a new focus on reducing poverty in our community from the current shocking level of 20% of the people in our community. We have a highly professional team, loads of enthusiastic volunteers and loyal supporters. A key goal of mine is to get our message out to individuals and corporations that have not worked with us before, and begin to partner with them to make a difference in the community.

Carter: Talk to me a bit more about your background.

Bohrer: I have over 30 years of business experience in companies ranging from regional firms to global enterprises. My goal is to bring that practical experience to United Way to help make a positive impact on the community. I have spent a great deal of time in general management and finance, and can assure the community that United Way is a good steward of the pledges received, makes wise investments and measures community impact carefully.

Carter: What do you bring to the United Way campaign this year?

Bohrer: I bring an enthusiasm for our mission, a love of working on teams, a critical eye for the analysis of our activities, a servant’s heart and a goal of having a positive effect on the community.

Carter: What do you love most about Greensboro?

Bohrer: Greensboro is a very welcoming and caring community. From the first day my family and I moved here ten years ago it felt like home. We have an exceptional degree of volunteerism due to our collective interest in making Greensboro an even better place to live.

Carter: What do you wish others in our community knew about United Way?

Bohrer: The staff, volunteers and supporters of United Way care deeply about the community and have the goal to make a difference every day. For those of you we are currently not partnering with, please take a few minutes to learn about our mission, get to know us and then jump in… the water is fine.

 

To learn how to start a United Way campaign at your workplace, call United Way of Greater Greensboro at 336-378-6600.

Give a gift to support United Way’s work in our community. 

 

Oct 06

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Dana Carter
United Way of Greater Greensboro
Ph: 336-378-6617
dana.carter@unitedwaygso.org

United Way of Greater Greensboro Welcomes Jason Bohrer as 2014 Campaign Chair

(Greensboro, NC – October 6, 2014) –The 2014 United Way of Greater Greensboro campaign is underway with a new campaign chair at the helm. Jason Bohrer, partner at management consulting firm Newbold Advisors, will lead the 2014 campaign; his goal: to raise even more funds than the 2013 campaign accomplishment of $11 Million, so that the organization can reach and serve even more residents in need.

The 2014 campaign kicked off September 25. More than 500 companies plan to hold workplace campaigns. One of the campaign goals is to create 100% awareness about Greensboro’s growing poverty rates and root causes. Armed with this information, United Way is asking more companies to get engaged and every employee to participate to help break the cycle of poverty in Greensboro.

Bohrer is a long-time donor and corporate leader. In 2013, he joined the United Way of Greater Greensboro board of directors and agreed to become the lead community volunteer for the 2014 United Way Campaign. He has the passion and analytical rigor to take the campaign to the next level.

“The work of United Way has thrived by the commitments of our loyal contributors and we are endlessly thankful,” says Bohrer. “With new leadership, with new business leaders in Greensboro coming to the table to support this great community, we can do so much more. I’m confident that this year, businesses and individuals not currently involved with United Way will answer this call.”

“Greensboro has a history of standing together to improve the quality of life for all,” says Michelle Gethers-Clark, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro. “Today, we ask for more people to get involved with United Way by giving a gift, volunteering or advocating on issues impacting low-income communities. Greensboro can be greater if we all LIVE UNITED.”

Small business and large corporations alike can join with more than 500 organizations in the Greater Greensboro area that are supporting the work of United Way. To learn how, call United Way of Greater Greensboro at 336-378-6600.

Individuals are invited to give to the United Way campaign online at www.UnitedWayGSO.org. Every dollar makes a difference in helping those in need in our community.

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LIVE UNITED
United Way of Greater Greensboro makes investments in our community to serve those in need so that all individuals and families can succeed. United Way is a worldwide network in 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. To give, advocate and volunteer, visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org.

Sep 17

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT: Dana Carter

United Way of Greater Greensboro

Ph: 336-378-6617

dana.carter@unitedwaygso.org

 

CELEBRATE GREENSBORO Brings Community Together to Kick Off United Way of Greater Greensboro 2014 Campaign

 

(Greensboro, NC – September 17, 2014) –United Way of Greater Greensboro is kicking off its 2014 campaign and wants YOU to join in the fun! United Way will host Celebrate Greensboro, a fun, family-friendly community celebration on Thursday, September 25, from 4-7pm in Festival Park. Gather your friends, family and colleagues and join United Way to celebrate what it means to LIVE UNITED in a great community.

 

The Magnificents Band will be on stage playing favorite classic, soul, beach, top 40 and dance tunes.

 

What: CELEBRATE GREENSBORO: A United Way of Greater Greensboro Community Celebration

 

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014. 4:00pm-7:00pm

 

Where: Festival Park, downtown Greensboro, directly adjacent (north side) to the Greensboro Cultural Center at 200 N. Davie Street.

 

Why: To celebrate the people and places that help make life better for all

To learn about United Way of Greater Greensboro’s focus on breaking the cycle of poverty in Greensboro

To hear how businesses can help by hosting a United Way campaign

To hear how United Way changes lives every day.

To learn how every citizen can get involved at some level and help break the cycle of poverty in Greensboro with United Way.

 

Details: This event is free and open to the public.

Food trucks will be available. Picnics are welcome (no alcohol please. Remember to recycle.) No RSVP is required. Wear your “LIVE UNITED” t-shirt and show your support!

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LIVE UNITED

United Way of Greater Greensboro makes investments in our community to serve those in need so that all individuals and families can succeed. United Way is a worldwide network in 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. To give, advocate and volunteer, visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org.