OUR FOCUS ON POVERTY
The NEW United Way is creating partnerships to reduce poverty in greater Greensboro.
For years, United Way of Greater Greensboro raised and allocated money to a network of agencies that met a variety of worthwhile needs in our community. Times have changed and so have our community’s needs.
With an increasing poverty rate of 20%, United Way’s board of directors have made a bold decision to focus the organization’s work on breaking the cycle of poverty in our community.
Steps to Reduce Poverty
Through strategic community partnerships, United Way of Greater Greensboro is working with a diverse group of service providers to help the 57,000 people in our community who are struggling to obtain basic needs.
This means, the money we raise is strategically allocated to local programs that are addressing the issue of poverty. We only partner and support programs that are producing positive outcomes for children, families and adults.
The Family Success Center
In March 2015, United Way of Greater Greensboro launched its very first Family Success Center pilot, to provide solutions that reduce poverty in Greensboro neighborhoods. This new, innovative approach brings together partners across nonprofit, business and government sectors to provide integrated servicing that meets the needs of each member of a family.
Guilford Child Development was chosen as the pilot lead partner. Currently, 100 families are working through the program to develop their own self-sufficiency plans supported by workshops, trainings, and individual coaching sessions.
United Way of Greater Greensboro intends to launch additional Family Success Centers in Greensboro in the coming years.