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 dawn.taylor@unitedwaygso.org 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 ncsbe.gov 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
PwC

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.

Apr 25

On Thursday, May 17th, United Way of North Carolina and Action for Children are joining forces in Raleigh for a day of advocacy on behalf of important issues facing North Carolinians. There are three key issues that we will be advocating for on that day:

  1. Enhancing NC 2-1-1’s state-wide coverage in order to create a system that allows people to efficiently find the services they need
  2. Preserving and extending the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as a way to reduce poverty while encouraging self-sufficiency
  3. Raising the age for juveniles to be charged with crimes in the adult criminal justice system to 18, so that court-involved minors can receive developmentally appropriate, research-based services and treatments that prepare them for a successful life

As an advocate, you know that it’s important to speak up about issues that matter most to you and your community. The Youth & Family Advocacy Day will include training on these key issues, special guest speakers, and an opportunity to meet with your legislators. Here is the schedule at a glance:

9:30 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. Issue Briefing at the Museum of History
11:00 a.m. Rally Event in front of the Museum
Legislative Visits
Gallery Recognition — House/Senate

Will you will be able to join us? Click here to RSVP to United Way of North Carolina.

For more information, contact Anna Hoy at 336-378-6614 or anna.hoy@unitedwaygso.org

Apr 18

Spring N 2 Service

Be prepared to go all hands-in at this year’s “Great American Clean-up”. The City of Greensboro will come together to make our local community cleaner, greener, safer and more livable! Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization, creates the power of local change through volunteers.

Communities are cleaned, improved and beautified everywhere, from parks and recreation areas to seashores and waterways. Activities range from handling recycling collections, planting trees and flowers and holding educational events to promote living Green. Through the “Great American Clean-up”, citizens in Greensboro will be working to improve our local community’s environment.

Communities are cleaned, improved and beautified everywhere, from parks and recreation areas to seashores and waterways. Activities range from handling recycling collections, planting trees and flowers and holding educational events to promote living Green. Through the “Great American Clean-up”, citizens in Greensboro will be working to improve our local community’s environment. The Young Leaders engagement group will be participating by cleaning up the United Way neighborhood! Young professionals and their families will come together, meeting at the United Way main office (1500 Yanceyville Street) on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00-11:00, followed by a pizza party at Greensboro Beautiful, located at 501 Yanceyville Street  Greensboro, NC 27405 .

Register Now

For more information about the Great American Clean-Up, please visit http://www.greensborobeautiful.org/cleanups/great_american_cleanup.php

Apr 11

The following was written by United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Communication Associate, Amy Hager.  She tells all about her “she-roe” and the impact she has had on her life- reminding us that we all have the power to make a difference.

There are many attributes that make you look up to someone; bravery, honesty, perseverance, integrity, and strength, but a true hero is one that has all of those attributes. Heroes can be a coach that helped you reach your goal or a parent who has always been there for you. For me, my hero, or rather, my “She-r0e” is my grandma.

I picked my grandma as my “She-roe” because to so many people she was just that. She was such a wonderful grandma. She was always taking me on new adventures; whether it was taking me to Disney World or going on an imaginary stroll through the candy store. I never knew what to expect when I was with her, but I always knew I would have a great time just because she was there. There was never a time that she didn’t make me smile or laugh. Even all my friends loved her and she loved all of them. They all thought of my grandma as a second grandma to them; always welcoming everyone with her charming personality. Everything was just perfect until she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

At first no one would tell me what was wrong other then she was just sick because of my age. But I always knew it was more than that. She had to go into the hospital multiple times but came out within a few weeks. But as the “sickness” got worse she went into the hospital for longer periods of time and I was told that it was actually ovarian cancer. I couldn’t bear to hear those words, and neither could my grandma. But do you think she let that slow her down? No. She stayed stronger than ever, much stronger than me. She battled cancer for 5 years. But she never showed a trace of doubt. She made sure she did everything she could to beat cancer and still had fun at the same time. She went on cruises, climbed waterfalls and went to beautiful islands with my grandpa; who was her biggest supporter. It wasn’t until my birthday that she got really bad. She went into the hospital after my party and stayed there for many months. She slowly got worse and everyone was beginning to lose faith. But not her. Not my grandma. She’s too strong. She made the nurses give her all her medicine at the right time. The tests that the doctors held showed no sign of improvement. That’s when she took a turn for the worse. She was told she may only have a few days to live. My grandma took this as her chance to live the rest of her life to the fullest. She made a ton of jokes and never stopped smiling. I didn’t know she had a few days left until my guidance counselor took me out of class to tell me my dad was here. He told me he wanted me to go to the hospital with him. I knew right then she didn’t have much time.

When we got to the hospital all the nurses and doctors looked at me with the saddest eyes I have ever seen. I walked into the room and saw my grandma smiling, of course. I stayed and talked to her for a little while. My mom took me out into the hallway and told me they were going to make her fall asleep. After she fell asleep they would turn off the machines that helped almost all of her breathing. When I went back into the room I was only allowed to stay a few more minutes. But I couldn’t even stay that long without crying. My grandma knew once I left it would be the last time she saw me and this would be the last time I ever saw her too. I kissed her on the cheek and whispered “I love you”. She whispered “I love you too”. I hugged her and walked into the hallway and cried. The next day, I was at home playing outside when my dad took me into my room and told me she had not made it. It took me a few moments to comprehend what my dad just told me and then I cried all night long.

I try not to be sad when I think about my grandma. I prefer to reminisce about all the wonderful times we had. I like to live my life how she lived hers: confident and fearless. She will always be my she-roe.

Who is your she-roe? Share your your story about who has made a personal difference in your life.

Mar 08

Are you a walker? Runner? Stroller or Roller?

Join our LIVE UNITED team this year at the 2012 Human Race!

Brian Tuma, United Way Young Leader The Human Race is a 5K charity walk and run that allows participants to raise money for their favorite non-profit (agency, church, school PTA, etc.).

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Location: The Greensboro Coliseum Complex, Greensboro, NC
Site Map (click to download; this map outlines important areas like handicap parking,
walker line-up, runner check-in, etc.)

Signing up for our team is free…that’s right…FREE! Click here to register. 

Come out and join us for the Human Race in Rain or Shine! If there is rain on Saturday, we will still host the Human Race After Party inside of the Greensboro Coliseum Pavilion starting at 10am. We will only cancel the run in the case of severe weather. Please see the “Race Day” page for more information.

Race Day Schedule
- 9:00 am – Gates Open
- 9:00 – 9:50 am – Submit Donations, Walkers Line Up, RunnerRegistration/Check-in
- 9:50 am – Opening Ceremony
- 10:00 am – Race Start
- 10:30 – 11:45 am – After Party with food, fun, and live music
- 11:45 am – Awards Ceremony
- 12:00 noon – End of 2012 Human Race

Route
5K Route (click to download)
Short Route (click to download)

Each participating nonprofit manages their agency’s fundraising campaign. Our community partner The Volunteer Center of Greensboro plans and manages the overall Human Race fundraising campaign and event. The Volunteer Center has planned the Triad’s Human Race for the past 18 years.

What is special about The Human Race?

- You can support any nonprofit! Where else can you walk or run with more than 100 nonprofits and their supporters?
- FREE FOOD! LIVE MUSIC! PRIZES! FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
- Participation is easy!
- Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome. Owners must clean-up after their pets.

There will be prizes for the top 10 individual fundraisers and top three male and female runners. The first 1,200 individuals who raise $50 or more will receive one free Human Race shirt. See a full list of prizes at www. volunteergso.org.

Have more questions? Contact our Human Race Coordinator, Julia Cox, at 336-378-6600 for answers!

See you at the start line!

Feb 20

Call for Help

When there is an emergency, we know to call 9-1-1 for help. Who do we call when we need community health and human service resources? The answer is United Way’s 2-1-1 service.

According to NC211.org, there are 30,000 nonprofits in North Carolina. It can be dif­ficult to identify all of the resources that are available in a quick, one-step process. 2-1-1 makes this easy by connecting you to the services that you need. If you want to con­tact a food bank, would like to learn about child care, are in need of counseling, or are seeking other services, 2-1-1 is the number to call. It is free, multilingual, and is avail­able 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“2-1-1 is a resource anyone can utilize and it is confidential,” said Julia Cox, lead­ership giving manager of the United Way of Greater Greensboro. “People in our com­munity need help more than ever and ev­eryone’s circumstance is different. 2-1-1 will work with callers regardless of the health or human service needed. It is a hand up, not a handout.”

If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation, 2-1-1 can connect you to these opportunities. 2-1-1 also offers communities data about needs in the area, which is critical when developing strate­gies to meet those demands. So, pick up the phone and dial 2-1-1 to learn what resources and opportunities are available.

2-1-1 offers many services where you can find:

  • Free legal advice
  • Basic services in our area
  • A calendar of health events
  • Diapers, formula or clothes for new or expecting mothers
  • Information about immigration services
  • Donated medical supplies
  • Information about drug rehabilitation programs
  • Educational resources and a job placement center
  • HIV testing in the area
  • Support to stop smoking
  • Affordable housing

Crystal Edwards OldhamThis post was written by Crystal Edwards Oldham for The Greensboro Voice. Crystal teaches Introduction to Communication Studies at UNCG and will complete her graduate program in May. She dedicates her free time to leading community projects and volunteering. She values meeting new people, hearing their stories and expanding her worldview. 

Jan 09

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 Inaugural African American Leadership Speaker Series featuring Dr. Benjamin Carson, neurosurgeon and author, as the keynote speaker.

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT. Stay up to date with more events like this by signing up for monthly e-newsletter here.

When

Friday, March 16, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT
Add to my calendar

8:30 – 9:00 am
Registration

9:00 – 11:00 am

Healthcare Symposium: Improving Health Outcomes in Our Community

Panelists Include:

Moderated by:
Cynthia Marshall, President, AT&T of North Carolina

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Keynote Address Lunch: Benjamin Carson, MD
Think Big—Launching the African American Male Initiative

Distinguished Service Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to Dr. Alvin Blount,
Physician and Community Leader

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Private Reception
This is your opportunity to meet Dr. Carson in person. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity.

Where

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

Ticket Information

(9:00 am – 3:00 pm) All Day Pass                                    $140.00

(9:00-11:00 am) Health Care Symposium Pass                  $50.00

(11:30 am – 1:30 pm) Keynote Address Lunch                   $40.00

(1:30-3:00 pm) Private Reception Pass with Dr. Carson   $100.00

About Dr. Benjamin Carson

Dr. Carson had a childhood dream of becoming a physician.  He grew up in a single parent home and was challenged by dire poverty, poor grades, a horrible temper, and low self-esteem. Although his mother held only a third-grade education, she challenged her sons to strive for excellence. Young Ben persevered, and today is a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over a quarter of a century.  He became the inaugural recipient of a professorship dedicated in his name in May, 2008 and is now the Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N. Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Read more…