Nov 18

Greensboro leaders urged to shape future of health care
By Nancy McLaughlin nancy.mclaughlin@news-record.com | Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 7:33 pm

GREENSBORO — Guilford County’s public health director made her way through the crowded hallways at Mount Zion Baptist Church, the host for Thursday’s Healthcare Faith Summit.

“I think I know about everyone here,” Merle Green said — impressed. “It’s especially nice to see local doctors leave the walls of their practices and see how all the pieces can work together.”

That leaders and others in medicine, faith and education are focusing on health care issues and the power of community is deemed even more important by people like Greene with the closing of community clinic HealthServe. The nonprofit clinic provided the uninsured a safety net before losing its funding. It had 8,500 active patients and logged an average of 25,000 to 30,000 visits a year.

“The summit is the most important conversation about the future of the community’s health this year,” said Vincent Francisco, an associate professor in UNCG’s Department of Public Health Education.

The community gathering — a collaboration of local nonprofits and others tapping into the work and captive audiences of local houses of worship — has focused in the past on topics such as jobs and the economy.

Thursday’s sessions included leaders of two of the area’s largest health care providers — Cone Health CEO Tim Rice and Cornerstone Health CEO Dr. Grace Terrell — and ranged from the challenges of caregiving and the plight of the mentally ill. This year’s theme was “We Are All in This Together.”

“The notion of we can let things happen or we can control our destiny,” said Michelle Gethers-Clark, CEO of the United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Earlier in the morning, the top White House official on religious issues urged the hundreds of people taking part in the conference to help the uninsured sign up for the Affordable Care Act.

Melissa Rogers, the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, acknowledged President Barack Obama’s displeasure with website glitches, but said now is not the time to abandon the landmark policy.

“These benefits are available and so many people need them,” she said.

Her overall remarks focused on the connections available through houses of worship and collaborations that factor into a person’s health needs — from feeding and housing the poor to provide re-entry into society for people getting out of jails.

“Often what needs to be healed cannot all be treated within the walls of hospitals,” said Rogers, who served as director of the Wake Forest School of Divinity Center for Religion and Public Affairs.

Rogers also applauded local partnerships, including faith-based congregational health programs that might provide the only regular checks for a heart patient’s blood pressure. Vandalia Presbyterian, for example, started a food pantry that opened the door for a nurse to provide basic health services.

“You are pioneering a model we can all learn from,” Rogers said.

Rice carried on the theme of the work of dealing with the whole person. He and Dr. Tom Wall, medical director for the Cone-affiliated Triad HealthCare Network, used the example of a woman who showed up at Moses Cone’s emergency room 130 times last year.

The woman, an insulin-dependent diabetic, didn’t have a refrigerator to store her medicine.

“She had a cell phone and a charger so her primary physician was 911,” Wall said.

Health professionals worked with community agencies to piece together a support system that helped the woman get prescription drug assistance program and a refrigerator.

“She has not been to the ER one time this year,” said Wall, whose job is to find Medicare savings.

Mount Zion’s pastor, the Rev. Bryan J. Pierce Sr., put it in perspective: “We can move this forward.”

http://www.news-record.com/news/local_news/article_ee1c8456-4ccf-11e3-bf7d-001a4bcf6878.html

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.

Speakers:

  • 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 Crystal.broadnax@unitedwaygso.org.

 

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 carie.barrow@unitedwaygso.org 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 Artis.Farrington@UnitedWayGSO.org.  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 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.