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 >>

 

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 19

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Looking for a meaningful way to give back? Volunteer to support United Way’s early childhood development initiative, Thriving at 3 . If  you are interested or want to learn more, please call Deb Croteau at 336-378-5030 or email deborah.croteau@unitedwaygso.org

 

Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Play Group Volunteers

Date: Thursday mornings – 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Dec. 4 & 11, 2014, January 15 – April 24, 2015

Two (2) volunteers are needed for an extended period of time. See dates above. Schedule flexible

Location: Center for New North Carolinas (CNNC) Thriving at 3 Program
Presbyterian Church of the Covenant Fellowship Hall, 501 S. Mendenhall Street, Greensboro, NC 27403

Role: Assisting childcare staff with fun, engaging activities with infants & toddlers. Examples: toys, reading stories, puppets, crafts, puzzles, music. Training Provided.

 

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.

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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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 08

In honor of International Women’s Day, take this opportunity to share this story with a woman who wants to make a difference in her community. Then, consider making an online donation to United Way of Greater Greensboro to help us continue providing child care scholarships and addressing the challenge of affordable child care.

Today, as a part of International Women’s Day, United Way of Greater Greensboro celebrates women.

We should be proud our city’s historical role in advancing the status of women. Greensboro was the champion of North Carolina for educating women of all races, long before women and minorities were legally recognized as equal citizens. Read more about Greensboro’s role in the history of women in North Carolina.

We celebrate the achievements our community has made to improve women’s equality. We remain vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change.

The advancement of women is of prime importance to the economy, business, and society. United Way of Greater Greensboro and many community partners are working to improve our local economy by focusing on family economic success.

One of the significant challenges to becoming  stable and self-sufficient is the affordability of child care. Safe, affordable, quality child care allows parents to obtain and retain a job. It also helps children develop in a healthy manner and ultimately start school ready to succeed. Access to affordable child care is essential for a strong economy.[i]

According to a US Census Bureau Report, families living below the poverty level spend “roughly four times the percentage of their income on child care as other families (28 percent compared with 7 percent)”.[ii] In Guilford County, the average cost for a child in a licensed child care facility is between $94-$154 per week, depending on age.[iii]

Many families in Greensboro are fortunate to have access to child care subsidies and scholarships from government and charitable sources, like United Way. However, working families and families that have a parent attending post-secondary school are often on waiting lists for 1 to 2 years before their family becomes eligible to apply.  At any given point there are 2500+ children on the waiting lists in our area to receive help. [iv]

In honor of International Women’s Day, take this opportunity to share this story with a woman who wants to make a difference in her community. Then, consider making an online donation to United Way of Greater Greensboro to help us continue providing child care scholarships and addressing the challenge of affordable child care.

Click here to read more about our state’s child care subsidy program.
Click here to go to child care subsidy fact sheets for each NC county.
Click here to read more about our community partner, Guilford Child Development’s, child care scholarship program.

 


[i] Child Care Aware® of America (2012, September 11). Helping Parents Find Affordable, Quality Child Care is Critical to the Economy. Retrieved from: http://www.naccrra.org/news-room/press-releases/2012/9/helping-parents-find-affordable-quality-child-care-is-critical-to-th

[ii] Laughlin, L./U.S. Census Bureau (2010). Who’s Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2005 and Summer 2006.  Retrieved from: http://www.census.gov/prod/2010pubs/p70-121.pdf

[iii] NCRCCR&R ‘s database as of 6/30/09 (based on licensed programs) as cited in Guilford Child Development (2011). 2010 Child Care in the Guilford County. Retrieved from: http://guilfordchilddev.org/docs/rccrr/rccrr-childcare-stats-guilford-county.pdf

[iv] J. Fairley, personal communication, March 5, 2013 / D. Hill, personal communication, February 28, 2013

Mar 04

Students are proud of their red Raising a Reader bags!

“I know that story, it’s some animals, my mommy read it to me last night!” – Raising a Reader Student

Literacy is one of the key building blocks to good quality of life. That’s why United Way of Greater Greensboro has brought together a network of early childhood partners to implement Raising a Reader.

Raising A Reader is an early literacy and family engagement program for children ages 0-8 that helps families develop book-sharing routines with their child.  The research is clear — when families are involved, children’s academic achievement improves.

On Friday, March 1st, our little readers celebrated National Read Across America Day. Some children celebrated the day with special activities at their schools, like wearing ‘wacky socks’ in honor of Dr. Seuss. Others simply celebrated by reading a book from their little red Raising a Reader bag with their family.

To practice the habit of sharing books, each week children bring home bright red book bags filled with award-winning books. Each day children invite a loved one to ‘share a book with me’. Every week each child brings home a different bag of books so that, on average, more than 100 high quality books will rotated through children’s homes over the course of a typical rotation cycle.

Your donation to United Way improves the odds of success in school for thousands of children each year.  Raising a Reader is one of many high quality programs your dollar supports.  These investments create lasting changes in our community.

Give to United Way and be part of the change! Click here to make an easy and secure online donation.

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.

Dec 07

Contact: John McLendon
Director, Marketing & Communications
336-378-6617
John.McLendon@unitedwaygso.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNITED WAY’S NEW INITIATIVE “EARLY IS BEST” ENHANCES CHILDREN’S EARLY DEVELOPMENT.

Greensboro, NC, December 5, 2012 –United Way of Greater Greensboro is introducing its new “Early Is Best” program on Friday, December 14, 8:00 am – 10:00 am in the Virginia Dare Room on the campus of University of North Carolina Greensboro. “Early Is Best” is included as part of United Way’s “Thriving at 3”, Early Childhood Initiative. Dr. Terri L. Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, will speak on “A Collective impact: Why Early Is Best for our Children, Families, Schools, Businesses and Community.

“Early Is Best” will implement key recommendations of the “2009 Ready Together Community Assessment”. The goal of these recommendations is to create effective community partnerships to enhance children’s early development. “Early Is Best” will focus on promoting positive parenting and evidence-based interventions to support maternal and child mental health.

UWGG’s “Early Is Best” programming and services will include staffing a nurse specializing in infant and maternal mental health with the Universal Newborn Home Visitation Program. In addition, the project will support a positive parenting collaborative to enhance early parenting intervention and education programs and to build the capacity of community partners to deliver effective programs. Numerous studies have shown how critical the early years are to children’s development; as well as the benefits of providing mothers with evidence-based educational programs; nurse home visitation services, and infant and maternal mental health support.

Through funding and support from the Cemala Foundation and the Bryan Foundation, UWGG has engaged three partners to advance this work in the community. These partners include the Guilford County Department of Public Health and the Children’s Home Society / Family Life Council. UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships will serve as the research and implementation partner and will provide technical assistance, evaluation and oversight.

For more information, contact Traci McLemore at (336) 378-6616 or Traci.mclemore@unitedwaygso.org.

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United Way of Greater Greensboro supports critical needs in our community in the areas of education, income and health. 2012 marks the 125th birthday of the United Way. In 1887, in Denver, CO, United Way became one of the most important social inventions in history and sparked a movement that established United Way. In 2012, United Way of Greater Greensboro celebrates 90 years of local investments.

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