Mar 23
Volunteering - Raising a Reader
During ‘National Volunteer Week’ April 7-11, we invite you to volunteer with United Way of Greater Greensboro for a Week of Caring for our community
We have teamed up with our community partners to offer several volunteer opportunities. Find one that fits you. Gather a few colleagues from work or friends from school, your church group or come solo. All are welcome to LIVE UNITED.  

Give to United Way’s Book Drive!

Extended! We’re now collecting books through Friday, April 18.
All week, April 7-11, we’re collecting books to get in the hands of children and youth before summer to help fight summer learning loss. You can help! Drop off new and gently used school-aged books to United Way of Greater Greensboro, 1500 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro, between 9am-5pm this week. Your contribution matters and makes a difference!

Books requested for collection include:

*new books preferred

*gently used books and bookstore gift cards/certificates also accepted

*Books needed for school-age children, K-12
*Elementary Level: Chapter books, leveled readers (1-4 and pre)

*Middle School Level: Ages 9-12 section and Teen section

Your continued contributions to UWGG are invaluable and those in need in the community feel it the most. We thank you for your time and support and do hope that you are able to partake in a volunteer opportunity that will be a memorable and worthy experience. 
Remember, wear your United Way ‘Live United’ or company logo t-shirt when volunteering!

Search Week of Caring Volunteer Projects and SIGN UP! 

Sign-up to volunteer by Wednesday, April 2.


If you have any questions, please contact Radiah at or 336-378-6606 or the contact listed on the individual activity listed.
Jan 13

10 Reasons Why mentoring Works

January is National Mentoring Month — a time for us to pay it forward. Do you remember how much of positive influence a mentor was in your life? Give the next generation an experience that will help them succeed in school and life.

Read Ann Marie’s story about volunteering as mentor>> 

Being a mentor to a young person is one of the most rewarding ways to volunteer in our community. Hundreds of youth are waiting for someone like you to become their mentor. Learn more about how to become a mentor with organizations in our community.

It takes just one person to change one life. BE THE ONE.

Nov 06


Join us for an annual gathering of African American Leadership members and community leaders.

Hear updates about community-based strategies that are helping young people achieve their full potential, giving families tools to become financially stable, and increasing access care to help people lead healthy lives.

Due to limited capacity, registration is now closed.  If you would like to attend, please contact Artis Farrington at 336-378-6600 or  to be added to the waiting list. All wait listed individuals will be notified by Wed., Nov. 27th regarding your attendance status.

For more information about African American Leadership or this event, contact


Nov 01

legislative briefing

Hear an Overview of the North Carolina State Budget, Economic Forecast, and Issues Affecting Your Community & Add Your Voice to the Discussion!

When: Thursday, November 21, 2013 – 9:00-11:00am
Where: 8818 West Market St., Girl Scouts’ Carolinas Peaks2Piedmont Triad Service Center, Colfax, NC 27235

Register Now

This year United Way and the NC Budget & Tax Center  are teaming up to share the story of the economy and the state budget.   How are changes impacting your local community?  Learn more as we unpack the local story.  When you leave, prepare to roll up your sleeves and put what you learned into action right where you live and work.  Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect:

  • How have the state budget and the economy impacted your community?
  • What budget trends are developing, and how long will it take for NC to recover from the Great Recession?
  • Is NC falling behind in areas like Education, Health and Financial Stability?
  • How can you impact the issues you care most about?  Join with others to focus your local advocacy for the greatest outcome.


  • Jill Cox; Government Relations and Communications Director, United Way of North Carolina
  • Alexandra Sirota; Director, NC Budget & Tax Center

This event is co-hosted by United Way of Greater Greensboro, United Way of Greater High Point, and United Way of Forsyth County.

Aug 29

A literacy awareness and volunteer recruitment fair

September is National Literacy Month. Be the one to volunteer and help your community! Come by the Central Library in Greensboro any time between 11am and 1pm on Monday, September 23 to learn about community organizations and ways you can get involved as a reading volunteer or tutor.

Monday, September 23, 2013. 11am-1pm. 

Greensboro Public Library – Central Branch
219 North Church St, Greensboro
Hosted by United Way of Greater Greensboro & Greensboro Public Library

September is National Literacy Month. Be the one to volunteer and help your community! Come by any time between 11am and 1pm on Monday, September 23 to learn about community organizations and ways you can get involved as a reading volunteer or tutor.

Don’t miss the 11am kick off featuring Miss North Carolina 2013 Johna Edmonds! Chick-fil-A will provide refreshments to our attendees (first come first served).
Participants include:

Black Child Development
Greensboro Public Library – Glenwood Branch
Guilford Technical Community College
Guilford Child Development
Guilford County Public Schools
Hope Academy
Reading Connections
Senior Resources of Guilford
Thriving at 3
Tristans Quest
Volunteer Center of Greensboro
YWCA of Greensboro

A big “thank you” to our partner Greensboro Public Library, and sponsors Chick Fil A, Barnes & Nobles Bookstores and Edward McKay’s Used Books and More. A very special thanks for all of our community partners and programs participating in the event.

Questions? Contact Carie Jones-Barrow at or call 336-378-6613.

Aug 15

Come hear the stories of how United Way changes lives every day. Recognize the donors and volunteers that help make life better for all. Join us for lunch as we gather to celebrate community.  September 11, 2013 from Noon to 2

Come hear the stories of how United Way changes lives every day. Recognize the donors and volunteers that help make life better for all. Join us for lunch as we gather to celebrate community.

Celebrate with us:
• A new President and extraordinary staff • Exceptional corporate partners • Dynamic volunteers • Generous community members • Passionate partners • Positive community impact • A time to remember 9/11 and how we can make a positive impact in our world

Lunch will be served beginning at Noon. A brief presentation will begin at 12:30pm.

RSVP by September 2 to Artis Farrington at 336-378-6610 or  This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served on a first come, first serve basis. Food trucks will be available with additional food to purchase.

In recognition of September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, United Way of Greater Greensboro has partnered with the Volunteer Center of Greensboro to provide two service projects at its Open House to benefit active and veteran service men and women. As one of the service projects, we ask the community to donate items for military care packages that will be shipped to our troops overseas. The following items are ideal to donate for care packages:

  • Canned Beef Stew or similar item (pop top)
  • Canned Ravioli, spaghetti, or similar item(pop top)
  • Individual cereal boxes
  • Packs of cookies and crackers
  • Packs of individual chips
  • Individual puddings
  • Fruit cups
  • Pop tarts
  • Beef jerky
  • Trail mix/nuts
  • Packs of gum
  • Baby wipes
  • Sport/Car magazines
  • Home magazines
  • Puzzle books
  • Batteries
  • Stamps/envelopes

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Jun 14

How will you spend the longest day of the year? 

HELP US “SPREAD THE WORD” Drop off books to United Way of Greater Greensboro, 1500 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro, on Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21. Drop-off hours are 9am-5pm.

Help United Way of Greater Greensboro kick off our summer by joining in on the action! United Way Day of Action is a powerful way for United Ways across the world to join forces and create action towards our goals on the same day.

On June 21, tens of thousands of individuals volunteer their time around the world in support of United Way. Will you be one of them?

Studies show that access to books during the summer prevents drastic loss in reading skill, especially for kids in need. This year United Way of Greater Greensboro wants you to help us “Spread the Word”! From Monday, June 17, through Friday, June 21, our Greensboro community is encouraged to participate in our “Spread the Word” Book Drive by donating books.

Please consider donating new or gently used:

  • Elementary Level: chapter books, leveled readers (1-4 and “pre”)
  • Bilingual books – K-5
  • Middle School Level: ages 9-12 and teen section

Drop off books to United Way of Greater Greensboro, 1500 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro, on Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21. Drop-off hours are 9am-5pm.

These donated books will then be sorted and distributed to United Way community partners who have indicated a need for book donations to support their summer reading efforts with children.

It takes just one person to change one life. BE THE ONE.

Download and print our Day of Action poster to spread the word!


May 13


UPDATE (7/26/2013):  Congratulations Mary of Thomasville, NC for winning the fantastic Carolina Panthers Season tickets! Mary will be enjoying every home game from the 50-yard-line, and I’m sure entertaining many friends and family! Thanks to everyone who participated in our Carolina Panthers Season Ticket Raffle. Your support of United Way of Greater Greensboro is valued and makes a big difference in our community!

You could win Carolina Panthers season tickets for the 2013-14 season. We’re talking club level seats for two with parking included!

$100/raffle ticket. Only 1500 tickets will be sold. Proceeds benefit United Way of Greater Greensboro’s annual campaign.

More on the prize:  Two (2) club level mid-field season tickets (Section 315, Row 13, Seats 7 & 8) to all 2013-14 regular season Carolina Panthers home games at the Bank of  America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, including pre-season games and parking. Winner receives all features and benefits of club level seating, including climate controlled lounges, club food and beverage options, complimentary game day programs and roster cards, discounts at the Team Store and Pro Shop, and opportunities to be selected for pre-game field visits. The Approximate Retail Value of prize is $6,600.

The winner will be selected on Friday, July 26, 2013. The first game of the Panther’s 2013 season is Friday, August 9th.

Entrants must be legal U.S. residents who reside in North Carolina at the time the Raffle ticket is purchased. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the purchase of a Raffle ticket. Officers, directors, employees, interns, and Board members of UWGG, the Carolina Panthers, and the independent accounting firm that verifies and supervises the entries and drawing, and members of each of their immediate families or households, are not eligible to win.  Click to read all terms and conditions

Apr 02

More than 600 people, including students from Guilford and Forsyth counties, attended an educational luncheon and symposium featuring Soledad O’Brien, CNN Anchor and Special Correspondent, and Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Director of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and former president of Bennett College. The event held on Friday, March 22, was sponsored by the African American Leadership group of the United Way of Greater Greensboro.

“Our goal was to provide a forum for the community to learn more about what’s going on in the field of education and how United Way and its constituents can be a champion for advancing those causes,” says Michelle Gethers Clark, Interim President of United Way of Grater Greensboro.

The symposium was preceded by a reception on Thursday, March 21, at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum where founders of United Way’s African American Leadership celebrated the 10th year anniversary. Cole initiated the idea of AAL. Althea Trusedale and Michael McKinney acted as the first chairpersons in 2003.

Cole and O’Brien were a part of the educational symposium along with a panel of local experts on Friday morning. The panelists included Amos Quick – Guilford County’s Board of Education, Margaret Arbuckle-Guilford Educational Alliance, Dr. Bill Harvey NCA&TSU, Deborah Hooper – Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Randy Parker – GTCC, O’Brien, and moderated by Cole. The audience was asked to join with United Way to make a positive impact in the lives of children and families. O’Brien suggested citizens leverage cell phone technology to capture positive educational stories to celebrate accomplishments and “tell our story”.

O’Brien’s keynote remarks shared her life’s journey as a mixed-raced Latino woman which influenced her media career to be a concerned witness about real issues and solutions. Cole was honored as the Founder of AAL, and Dr. Edward Fort, Chancellor Emeritus at NCS&TSU received the new 2013 Gwendolyn and Alvin V. Blount Jr. Lifetime Service Award.

Gethers-Clark ended the day by asking participants to make an impact through philanthropy, as a volunteer, and advocate for important issues, and as a $1,000 donor. United Way is focused on creating lasting change through its investments. The key areas of focus for United Way include preparing youth to graduate and succeed, helping families become financially stable, and improving people’s ability to lead healthy lives.

United Way’s goal is to continue the positive momentum made over the last 90 years in Greensboro by improving the quality of life for all. United Way is asking the community for $500,000 by April 30, 2013 so that it can make high impact investments in programs managed by local non-profits to fuel youth development, increase access to health care services, and provide tools for family financial stability.

For more information about United Way, its investments, volunteer opportunities, and to make a tax-deductible contribution call 336-378-6600, call 2-1-1, visit the offices at 1500 Yanceyville Street or visit the web at

Jan 30

2nd Annual African American Leadership Speaker Series Featuring Keynote Speaker Soledad O'Brien, Host of CNN's StartingPoint

United Way of Greater Greensboro’s African American Leadership group represents African Americans who are leadership givers that invest their time and resources to strengthen the impact of United Way of Greater Greensboro and its community partnerships.

African American Leadership is excited to announce the 2nd Annual African American Leadership Speaker Series. This year’s focus will be education and will feature keynote speaker Soledad O’Brien, Acclaimed Special Investigations Correspondent and Host of CNN’s morning show, Starting Point.  This event will honor two outstanding leaders, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole and Dr. Edward B. Fort.

Schedule of Events – March 22, 2013

9:00 – 11:00 am
Education  Symposium

Moderator: Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole

Panelists Include:

  • Dr. Margaret Arbuckle, Executive Director, Guilford Education Alliance
  • Dr. Bill Harvey, Dean, School of Education, NC A&T State University
  • Deborah Hooper, President, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
  • Soledad O’Brien, Journalist, CNN
  • Dr. Randy Parker, President, Guilford Technical Community College
  • Rev. Amos Quick, Vice-Chairman, Guilford County Board of Education

11:30 am – 1:15 pm
Keynote Address Lunch: Soledad O’Brien

African American Leadership Founding Award
Presented to Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Director of National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute

Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to Dr. Edward B. Fort, Chancellor Emeritus, NC A&T State University

1:30 – 3:00 pm
Meet & Greet with Honorees

This is your opportunity to meet the event’s honorees. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity.

The Elm Street Center
203 S. Elm Street, Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27401

Individual Tickets on Sale February 18 at

For Sponsorship Information, Contact 336-378-5033 or