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

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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.

Oct 29

Get your free discount prescription card -- Coast2Coast Rx Card

Many families in our community walk a financial tightrope — one unanticipated expense on medical care or other necessities may place a large stress on the family budget. United Way of Greater Greensboro knows that helping people avoid financial crises and maintain good health improves quality of life for all.

This fall, United Way of Greater Greensboro announces our partnership with Coast2Coast  Rx Card, a medical discount card that benefits individuals and our community.

With no restrictions on age, income status, or existing health conditions, the benefits of the card extend to everyone: Those without insurance, the underinsured, and those with high deductibles or prescriptions not covered by their health plan.

In addition to prescription drug discounts, the Coast2Coast card offers a wide range of discounts on dental, vision, hearing, veterinary services, diabetic equipment and supplies, lab and imaging services as well as discounts on most pet prescriptions – the ones that can be filled at a pharmacy.   The card benefits individuals or the entire family; is printed in English and Spanish with no paperwork to complete; there is no fee ever charged for the card; there are no age, income or other exclusions and no expiration date.

Every time the card is used to fill a prescription, the user will receive an average 65% discount and the United Way of Greater Greensboro will receive a $1.25 donation for investment in local health services.  The more the cards are used, the greater the investment.

The card is easy to get and easy to use. To get your Coast2Coast Rx Card, visit the C2C website, United Way’s office (1500 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro), or many community partners.

For more information please contact Crystal Broadnax, MS, Community Investment Specialist Health, at 336-378-5024 or


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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Apr 04

Celebrate Service with United Way of Greater Greensboro during National Volunteer Week - April 21-27, 2013

National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the president and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.

LIVE UNITED – Volunteer at one of the many service opportunities organized by Women’s Leadership and Young Leaders.

Click here to see the list of projects through Women’s Leadership. Women’s Leadership is focused on uniting women to empower and strengthen families to succeed. Read more about Women’s Leadership.

Mar 29

United Way / NFL Partnership

Women’s Leadership invites you to participate in a week of volunteer activities, from 1 hour to a full day, that impact women and families. These volunteer opportunities are open to all who want to make a difference – men and women!

To sign up for a volunteer opportunity, click the linked time slot and complete the registration form.

Click here to download an overview schedule for Week of Caring opportunities.

Assemble Materials for Bereavement Camp

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro
Up to 4 volunteers are needed to assemble materials for the Wish Ceremony during the Kids Path Bereavement Camp.

Assist Young Children in Early Literacy Program

Raising A Reader Program – Claremont Courts Community Center, 2702 Patio Place, Greensboro
4 Volunteers are needed to assist preschool children with simple learning activities.

Beautification Projects

Volunteer Center of Greensboro – Meet at Wiley Elementary School, 600 West Terrell Street, Greensboro
Several volunteers are needed to build picnic tables, bookcases, and paint murals. Wear comfortable clothes to work on. Materials are provided.

Guilford Child Development, 1200 Arlington Street, Greensboro
4 to 6 Volunteers are needed to paint an office, clean interior windows, and reorganize the agency resource center. Materials are provided.

Blood Donor Days

American Red Cross, 1501 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro

Volunteers needed to donate blood throughout the day

Volunteers needed to work in the blood donation canteen serving snacks

Volunteers needed to greet blood donors

Collect Poetry for “A Poem in my Pocket”

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro
This volunteer opportunity is to collect poems for “A Poem in my Pocket.” Write or print poems on individual pieces of paper to make a difference for patients and family members during difficult times. This project can be completed off-site at any point during the Week of Caring.

Bring items to HPCG, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, Sunday 4/21 to Saturday 4/27 between 9:00am-5:00pm

Create Crafts to Decorate Beacon Place

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro
Volunteers are needed to create spring crafts or decorations for the exterior of patients’ doors, bulletin boards, and the nurses’ station. This project can be completed on-site or off-site at any point during the Week of Caring.

Create “Worry Jars” for Kids Path Support Groups

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro
Volunteers are needed to create “Worry Jars”, a therapeutic tool made from recycled jars/containers used at Kids Path for children to write down their worries. This project can be completed off-site at any point during the Week of Caring.

Decorate Pillow Cases for Kids Path Patients and Clients

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro
Volunteers are needed to decorate pillow cases with fabric paint to use as a therapeutic tool at Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Greensboro’s Kids Path program. This project can be completed off-site at any point during the Week of Caring.

Deliver Meals to Homebound Individuals

Senior Resources of Guilford – Meet at Peace United Church of Christ, 2714 West Market Street, Greensboro
Volunteers are needed with their own cars to deliver meals to homebound individuals

Donate Shelter Items for Domestic Violence Survivors

Hold a supply drive for families at Family Service of the Piedmont’s domestic violence shelter, Clara House. Items requested include Walmart gift cards, body bath towels, eating utensils, plastic tableware, and large size toiletries.

Inspire Teens with Your Career Story

YWCA Greensboro, 4002-E Spring Garden Street, Greensboro
5 volunteers needed to speak to teen and young mothers and share your career story

Mock Interviews

Women’s Resource Center, 628 Summit Avenue, Greensboro
3 volunteers are needed to conduct Mock Interviews with clients to prepare them for job interviews. Volunteers must have Human Resource or interviewing applicants experience.

Prepare Meals

YWCA Greensboro, 4002-E Spring Garden Street, Greensboro
A group of volunteers are needed to prepare, provide, and serve a meal to 30 teen and young adult mothers and their 20 children.

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro
A group of volunteers are needed to prepare and serve a home cooked lunch or dinner to Beacon Place patients and their family members.

A group of volunteers are needed to prepare and serve a treat to Beacon Place patients and their family members.

Volunteers are needed to prepare baked goodies or frozen casseroles to be shared with Kids Path families.

Receptionist Needed

One Step Further, 623 Eugene Ct, Greensboro
1 Volunteer needed to answer phones per shift

Sort and Organize Office Supplies and Books

Reading Connections, 122 North Elm Street, Suite 520, Greensboro
4 to 6 volunteers needed to assistwith sorting and organizing office supplies and books.

Work in the Garden

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro
A group of volunteers are needed to work with Hospice Horticulture Therapist in the Kids Path and Beacon Place gardens. Work gloves are the only required materials to bring.

Mar 07

Reading Connections improves health literacy for all

This is a guest post from Andrew Trump, Greensboro Program Coordinator at Reading ConnectionsUnited Way of Greater Greensboro investments currently support the Health Literacy program at Reading Connections . 

For most of the adults in our programs, the need to increase their understanding of health information and make appropriate health decisions is paramount: low health literacy translates into missed days at work, increased rates of hospitalization, and higher mortality rates.

As many of our tutors know firsthand, health problems are one of the primary reasons students miss classes and eventually have to stop attending.

Each February, we invite members of the Reading Connections community to engage in conversation and action toward improving health literacy. February is our “Health Literacy Month!” It’s a chance for our adult learners to begin and continue to increase their health literacy by focusing the lens of their basic literacy work on health.

For some, learning to comprehend the directions on their medication labels might be the focus of the month. For others, it’s memorizing the high-frequency sight words that appear time and time again on medical forms. And for many, incorporating health content into their lessons becomes an essential part of their long term work with Reading Connections.

We invite you to explore health literacy with us. If you’re curious about health literacy instruction, check out this incredible curriculum! For more resources, log in to the “Tutor” section of our website (user ID: tutor, password: reading). And for specific ways to address health with an adult student, schedule a meeting with one of our program coordinators.

Click here to read more about becoming a volunteer tutor with Reading Connections.

Click here to download the latest Voices. Choices. report about United Way and other community partners’ work in addressing health literacy.


Dec 07

It's Not Too Late! 2012 Year End GivingUnited Way of Greater Greensboro’s office will be closed on January 1st, 2013 for New Year’s Day.

Please note that 2012 donation payments may be mailed to 1500 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro, NC 27405 throughout the end of the year. Check donations postmarked and dated by December 31, 2012 will be honored as 2012 contributions if they are received by United Way the first week of January 2013. Credit card payments must be made by 5:00 p.m. December 28, 2012.

Online giving is for new donations/payments only, not for payment of outstanding balances.
If you are paying off a current pledge by credit card this must be done by phone or in person at the United Way location on Yanceyville St. before 5:00 p.m. December 28, 2012

If you wish to make a new donation and pay that donation online this must be done prior to 5:00 p.m. in order to process the charge and be eligible for your tax donation. Online credit cards are NOT processed automatically, so please make sure you post your pledge/payment by 5:00 p.m. December 28, 2012.

Our website will not accept new pledges after December 28, 2012. It will reopen January 2nd for new donations.

If you have any questions please contact Dawn Taylor at or 336-378-6612.

Sep 17

I Voted Sticker

Many issues are important to all of us. Issues like the economy, jobs, a good education for the next generation of American workers and building strong communities.

If you care about these or other issues, the best way you can make a difference, is to register to VOTE and turn out on Election Day or during early voting to make sure your voice is heard.

Today through October 12, you can register (and update your registration) to VOTE in the November 6th elections.

You may be wondering, “Am I eligible to vote?” Do you meet these requirements:

  • Are you a US Citizen?
  • Are you a resident of North Carolina?
  • Have you lived in your county for at least 30 days?
  • Are you 18 years old, or will you be 18 years old before November 6 (election day)?

If you were previously convicted of a felony, your citizenship rights must be restored to make you eligible to vote.
If you answered yes to the questions above, you are eligible to VOTE.

Registering to VOTE is a simple process. Visit to download registration forms, see sample ballots and discover answers to questions like:

Join with United Way and make your voice heard on important issues like education, financial stability and health.

VOTE on election day. REGISTER NOW.

Apr 30

United Way of Greater Greensboro held its “Breakfast for Champions” campaign celebration at the Greensboro Coliseum’s Terrace Banquet Room on Thursday, April 26th. Dr. Linda Brady, United Way of Greater Greensboro’s 2011 Campaign Chair, announced that United Way of Greater Greensboro has raised more than $10.6 million for the community. United Way of Greater Greensboro will continue to fundraise year-round to have the greatest impact on community needs.

Linda Brady stated, “This year’s campaign is an excellent example of how Greensboro steps-up to support community needs by giving, advocating and volunteering.” This year has been an exceptional year of milestones for United Way of Greater Greensboro. They include embarking on the African American Male Initiative, which supports educational and personal growth of 2nd-5th grade boys at Wiley Elementary School. United Way celebrated its first Million dollar donor, Lorillard, Inc. Additionally, African American Leadership held its inaugural African American Speaker Series featuring internationally renowned, Pediatric Neurosurgeon and bestselling author Dr. Benjamin Carson. “We are fortunate to have generous corporate and individual partners who join together to make a difference in our community,” said Brady.

Corporations and individuals were recognized for outstanding accomplishments throughout the 2011 Campaign. Corporate partners and individuals were recognized with a variety of awards. They are:

Spirit of Greensboro Award

The Spirit of Greensboro Award recognizes outstanding commitment, participation, volunteer engagement, and successful leadership.

Lorillard Inc.

Excellence Awards

This award recognized each top company in four groups who had the highest percent increase in their employee and leadership giving, volunteer engagement, and involvement over the previous year.

Large Company (1,000+ employees): Lorillard, Inc.
Mid Size Company (101-999 employees): Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP
Small Company (Up to 100 employees): Southeast Fuels, Inc.
Non Profit Organization: Communities in Schools

Achievement Awards

Presented to companies with increased participation and giving per capita.

Platinum Level (100% participation and $400 + per capita)
2H Drafting, Inc.
Leeper, Kean & Rumley, LLP
Southeast Fuels, Inc.

Gold Level (75%+ participation and $250 + per capita)
Bank of North Carolina
The Business Journal
Carruthers & Roth, P.A.
Craft Insurance Center, Inc.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Hagan, Davis, Mangum, Barrett and Langley, PLLC
Kayser-Roth Corporation
Lorillard, Inc.
Premier Commercial Bank
Piedmont Natural Gas

Silver Level (50%+ participation and $175+ per capita)
Brown Investment Properties, Inc.
Dick Broadcasting Company, Inc.
Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
Johnson, Peddrick, & McDonald, PLLC
M.G. Newell Corporation
NewBridge Bank
Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP
Bronze Level (40%+ participation and $100+ per capita)
Berico Fuels, Inc.
BGF Industries, Inc.
Duke Energy Corporation
First Citizens Bank & Trust
Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro
Lincoln Financial Group
Morrisette Paper Company
Penn National Insurance
Senn Dunn
United Guaranty Corporation
VF Corporation

Leadership Award

Recognizes the campaign with the highest level of participation at the leadership giving level.

Cone Health

Community Impact Award

Recognizes the workplace campaign with gifts given directly to the LIVE UNITED GIVE UNITED campaign which is the most powerful way to invest locally. These companies had an average per capita gift of $1,443, 58% participation, and 99.77% undesignated dollars.

Duke Energy Corporation
Higgins, Benjamin, Eagles & Adams, PLLC
Lincoln Financial Group
Piedmont Natural Gas

Come Back Kid Campaign

The Come Back Kid Campaign award recognizes the workplace campaign with the most significant revitalization of their campaign.

Cone Health

Top 10 Companies

1. Lorillard, Inc. $1,004,155
2. Lincoln Financial Group $630,945
3. Moses Cone Health System $611,843
4. VF Corporation $601,728
5. Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. $341,382
6. UPS $296,939
7. United Guaranty Corporation $285,488
8. Guilford County Schools $249,315
9. Procter & Gamble $236,424
10. Volvo Group of Companies $229,672

CEO Leadership Award

This year United Way of greater Greensboro recognized a CEO who is visible and vocal in his/her involvement and support of United Way.

Murray Kessler – Chairman, President and CEO, Lorillard, Inc.

Outstanding Team Award

Recognizes the team that demonstrates extraordinary leadership, initiative and management of campaign with a high level of organization and creativity.

Large Company (1,000+ employees): Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc.
Mid Size Company (101-999 employees): Novartis Animal Health
Small Company (Up to 100 employees): McGladrey
Non Profit Organization: Greensboro Housing Authority

“Reaching out a hand to influence the condition of ALL” Award

Recognizes companies that create unique opportunities to increase awareness and meet the critical needs in the community.

Bank of America
Beacon Technologies, Inc.
Cone Health
Evonik Stockhausen
News & Record
Scott Insurance
United Guaranty Corporation
Volvo Group of Companies

Employee Campaign Managers Award

Recognizes Campaign Managers who have shown exceptional leadership and commitment to their workplace campaign.

Ruth Edwards – The ARC of Greensboro
Ford Bowers – BB&T
John Buford & Kathryn Whitaker – Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP
Karin Henderson – Cone Health
Chandra White & Tracey Parker – Deluxe Financial Services Customer Center
Kara-Lyn Little & Jim Wooten – Evonik Stockhausen
Natasha Howell – Guilford Child Development
Linda Fitts – Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
Jeff Busch & Kristine Williams – Kay Ecolab
Leslie Welch – Lorillard, Inc.
Brent Holmes – Procter & Gamble
Linda Jackson & Team – Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP

“I Would do Anything for United Way” Award

This award recognizes companies that use creative incentives to get staff involved.

Cone Health
Lincoln Financial Group

Engagement Group “Stand-Outs”

This award recognizes individuals for their service to a United Way of Greater Greensboro Engagement group with enthusiasm and dedication.

African American Leadership: Deno Adkins and Regina Howard-Glaspie
Women’s Leadership: Samantha Lyons-Kittrell
Young Leaders: Cindy Edwards

Agencies & Standouts

This year United Way member agencies participated in over 200 company rallies, tours and fairs.

Outstanding United Way Member Agency Speaker of the Year Awards:

Judy West – Adult Center for Enrichment
Jimmi Williams – Communities In Schools
Sabrina Cooke-Davis – Family Life Council, Children’s Home Society of NC
Johnny Vineyard – Family Service of the Piedmont
Linda Fitts – Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
Jenny Gore – Reading Connections
Marcy Ray – Reading Connections

Outstanding United Way Member Agency Speaker Coordinators of the Year:

Frances Deblois and Diane Spurgeon – Family Service of the Piedmont
Tammy Chaput – Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
Marcy Ray – Reading Connections

United Way of Greater Greensboro Volunteers of Year
Individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to United Way and has continually gone above and beyond in order to support United Way’s mission.

Tina Akers-Brown
Lucy Kluttz
Cleon Reece
Aaron Strasser
Laurie Weaver

Keith Barsuhn, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro stated, “The contributions from companies and individuals are extraordinary, greatly appreciated and so very critical at this time. These dollars represent the largest collective source of private sector funds in Greensboro allocated each year to health and human service needs. More lives will be positively changed as a result of this collective impact.” United Way of Greater Greensboro Board of Directors approves funding decisions in May and its fiscal year ends June 30.

United Way funds programs and initiatives that address critical community needs. United Way is committed to Growing Successful Kids, Helping People Help Themselves, and Caring for Everyone’s Health.