The Payne Family

Corey and Shanet Payne have a son and a daughter; two bright, energetic children. They know that education will improve their children’s future quality of life and help them to succeed in school and in life. That’s why they have enrolled their children in early literacy and school readiness programs supported by United Way of Greater Greensboro.
“These programs broaden their vocabulary skills, math skills, their reading skills and interaction skills,” says Shanet. “We start at home, then they have to transition to school. When you start at home with these activities, they already have a head start when they go.
“In the next 20 years, my biggest hope for my children is that they’ll be able to stand on their own two feet and they’ll learn from what we are teaching them.”

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A Message About United Way and Planned Parenthood

Dear Reader,

We have received several questions by members of our community as to our relationship with Planned Parenthood, spurred by recent media reports naming “United Way” as a supporter of the organization. We operate as a trusted and respected nonprofit leader in Greater Greensboro and are fully transparent as to how we steward our donor’s contributions.

United Way of Greater Greensboro does not provide financial support to Planned Parenthood nor are our United Way health programs administered through Planned Parenthood. The amount directed to Planned Parenthood Health Systems as identified on our 2014 990 form is 100% designations made by a small number of individual donors. Hundreds of our donors designate to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations outside of our United Way of Greater Greensboro “partners” and we have an obligation to honor their choice.

United Way Worldwide, the leadership and support organization for the network of local United Ways, does not provide financial support to Planned Parenthood and expresses the following:

All funding decisions by local United Ways are made by individual United Ways based on an assessment of local needs. United Way Worldwide does not dictate funding decisions to local United Ways. Out of nearly 1,200 local United Ways in the United States, only a small number (less than 6 percent) provide support to Planned Parenthood. The amount of financial support represents less than one tenth of one percent of total United Way revenue. In many of these instances, funding for Planned Parenthood is the result of specific requests from individual donors.

No United Way funds are currently used, or have ever been used to support abortion services. Several local United Way partners provide professional family and individual counseling services, which include professional counseling on pregnancy-related issues.

Local United Way decisions to fund Planned Parenthood programs across the country focus on community health maintenance (e.g. communicable disease prevention; medical care service; family planning; health education; public awareness services; and family preservation) and strengthening services like counseling and family life education.

I invite our community to look deeply at our work. United Way is for the community made possible by the community. The generosity of Greensboro is inspiring and I thank you for your care, concern, and continued support.

Sincerely,

Michelle Gethers-Clark

President and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro

Host a MeaningFULL Meals Food Drive This Summer

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More than 56% of Guilford County Schools (GCS) students qualify for free or reduced price lunch. In the summer , when school is not in session, these children often do not have the same access to a nutritious meal and go hungry. To complement the work of GCS feeding centers, MeaningFULL Meals is a summer nutrition project by United Way of Greater Greensboro and The Volunteer Center of Greensboro to help feed hungry children in our community in the evening.

Please host a food drive at your work, school or place of worship.
For more details and promotional materials,  Download the Food Drive Kit.

You can also drop off food items to The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, 1500 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro, during normal business hours.

Items needed include:

– mac & cheese (microwavable)

– canned veggies

– bread

– tuna & chicken (vacuum sealed)

– ramen noodles

– fruit cups

– applesauce

– fruit roll-ups

– raisin snack packs

– juice boxes

– dried rice and beans

– Peanut butter & jelly  (pre-made & individual jars)

– breakfast cereal  (individual boxes hot & cold)

– Poptarts

– graham crackers, Nekot/Lance crackers

– chips (individual sizes)

– pasta & spaghetti sauce

– freeze pops

– Hamburger Helper

– Oodles of Noodles

– ravioli

– single serving size spaghetti  lasagna

* No soda or candy please *

 

Questions? Please contact Radiah Pinckney at United Way of Greater Greensboro at 336-378-6606 or radiah.pinckney@unitedwaygso.org.

United Way of Greater Greensboro to Welcome Spike Lee for Speaker Series May 15, Honor James “Smitty” Smith with Lifetime Achievement Award

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

CONTACT:
Dana Carter, United Way of Greater Greensboro
Ph: 336-378-6617
dana.carter@unitedwaygso.org

(Greensboro, NC – April 27, 2015) – On Friday, May 15, United Way of Greater Greensboro will welcome celebrated American filmmaker Spike Lee as keynote speaker for its 2015 African American Leadership (AAL) Speaker Series luncheon. All are welcome to attend this gathering of community leaders and caring citizens to explore issues related to income and financial stability, support the work of United Way, be inspired, and give back.

United Way’s AAL Speaker Series with Keynote Speaker Spike Lee
Presented by Bank of America and VF Corporation

Friday, May 15, 2015. 11am-1pm.

Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, NC

 

SPIKE LEE is a writer-director, actor, producer, author and educator who has helped revolutionize Modern Black cinema. Lee is a forerunner in the ‘Do It Yourself’ school of independent film. Lee has recently finished his Kickstarter funded Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014).  Lee began teaching a course on filmmaking at Harvard in 1991 and in 1993 he became a Professor at New York University’s Graduate Film Program, Tisch School of the Arts where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Film Production. In 2002, he was appointed the Artistic Director of the Graduate Film Program. Spike Lee has also combined his extensive creative experience into yet another venture: partnering with DDB Needham, he created Spike/DDB, a full-service advertising agency.

Individual tickets are $95. Event sponsorships are available starting at $1,500. Proceeds benefit the work of United Way of Greater Greensboro to break the cycle of poverty in our community.

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org or call 336-378-6600. 

2015 Gwendolyn & Dr. Alvin V. Blount, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

At the AAL Speaker Series luncheon, United Way will present the 2015 Gwendolyn & Dr. Alvin V. Blount, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated superior commitment to the Greater Greensboro community through generosity, service and leadership in the areas of self-sufficiency, income and entrepreneurship. The 2015 recipient of the award will be Greensboro business leader James “Smitty” Smith.

James “Smitty” Smith, CEO of DeJas Management/dba McDonald’s, owns 10 McDonald’s franchises in the Piedmont Triad area. He is a business and community leader in Greater Greensboro who has generously given of his time, talent and resources to strengthen the community. Mr. Smith views his mission as providing a business vehicle to employ members of the community, to help youth learn the proper work ethic needed to succeed in the business world, and to reinforce the importance of education.

Mr. Smith’s community involvement has included serving on the Southeast Economic Development (SEEDS) Board, United Way Board of Directors, Sickle Cell of the Triad Board, Eastern Music Festival Board of Directors, Hayes-Taylor YMCA Board of Management, The International Civil Rights Center and Museum Board, as President of Greensboro Men’s Club, and the Board of Trustees-UNCG. He is also an active lay leader at the Providence Baptist Church in Greensboro, is a member of the Forward Greensboro Board, is a Thirty-Third Degree Mason (G.I.G.) and Past Master of C.W. Lawrence Lodge #837 Free and Accepted Masons. He serves on the Board for the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association, and is Past President of the N.C. Black McDonald’s Operators Assoc. He has also been honored to receive the NAACP Corporate Humanitarian Award.

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LIVE UNITED

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.

Volunteer During Depend® & United Way Days of Action, June 15-24

Depend® and United Way are coming together to promote healthy, active and independent living throughout an individuals’ life, with a focus on volunteering.

Depend® & United Way Days of Action will support MeaningFULL Meals.

More than 56% of Guilford County Schools (GCS) students qualify for free or reduced price lunch. In the summer , when school is not in session, these children often do not have the same access to a nutritious meal and go hungry. To complement the work of GCS feeding centers, MeaningFULL Meals is a summer nutrition project by United Way of Greater Greensboro and The Volunteer Center of Greensboro to help feed hungry children in our community in the evening.

Volunteers are needed for the following:

Food Drive Host: Host a food drive at your work, school or place of worship. Download the Food Drive Kit.

Pantry Makeover Team Member: Help spruce up the food pantry at Wiley Elementary School!

Recipe Wizard: Create or research a delicious, healthy recipe to share with families who benefit from the MeaningFULL Meals program. Email your recipe to Dana Carter at United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Click the link below to sign-up as a volunteer so we can reach out to you with more details for each activity and make sure to count you in our Days of Action efforts. 

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER!

 

You can also drop off food items to The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, 1500 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro, during normal business hours.

Items needed include:

– mac & cheese (microwavable)

– canned veggies

– bread

– tuna & chicken (vacuum sealed)

– ramen noodles

– fruit cups

– applesauce

– fruit roll-ups

– raisin snack packs

– juice boxes

– dried rice and beans

– Peanut butter & jelly  (pre-made & individual jars)

– breakfast cereal  (individual boxes hot & cold)

– Poptarts

– graham crackers, Nekot/Lance crackers

– chips (individual sizes)

– pasta & spaghetti sauce

– freeze pops

– Hamburger Helper

– Oodles of Noodles

– ravioli

– single serving size spaghetti  lasagna

* No soda or candy please *

 

Questions? Please contact Radiah Pinckney at United Way of Greater Greensboro at 336-378-6606 or radiah.pinckney@unitedwaygso.org.

Samet Corporation Announces Gift to Support United Way of Greater Greensboro Campaign

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:
Jeff Kass, Samet Corporation
Phone: 336-544-2665
jkass@SametCorp.com

Dana Carter, United Way of Greater Greensboro
Phone: 336-378-6617
Dana.carter@unitedwaygso.org

(Greensboro, NC – April 24, 2015) – To advance the critical work of United Way of Greater Greensboro, Samet Corporation has committed to contributing $30,000 over three years to United Way in support of the recent pilot of Family Success Centers.

“As a corporate leader in Greensboro, it is our privilege and responsibility to invest in the community we call home,” says Arthur Samet, president and CEO of Samet Corporation.  “Our company consists of people who are dedicated to giving back and dedicated to serving others. Our relationship and investment with United Way of Greater Greensboro exemplifies that passion to help those who need it most.”

Samet gives back to nonprofit organizations throughout the Triad and makes corporate philanthropy a part of its leadership strategy. A list of organizations in which Samet Corporation invests can be found at www.sametcorp.com/samet-gives-back.

“Samet Corporation is a prime example of a strong company investing to create a strong community,” says Michelle Gethers-Clark, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro. “We are on a journey to ensure that every individual and family in our community has the opportunity to succeed and we couldn’t be more proud to have our partners at Samet by our side to help make that goal a reality.”

United Way of Greater Greensboro is committed breaking the cycle of poverty in Greater Greensboro. A list of the organization’s most recent investments is available at www.unitedwaygso.org/ourfocus/investments/

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About Samet Corporation 

Founded as a commercial construction company by Norman Samet in 1961, Samet Corporation quickly became known for its unwavering commitment to client satisfaction and high ethical standards. As a premier contractor and developer, Samet Corporation provides the experience, resources and structured processes of a large firm combined with the responsiveness, management accessibility and personalized service of a family-owned business. For more information, visit www.sametcorp.com.

 

LIVE UNITED

United Way of Greater Greensboro advances the common good by supporting programs, initiatives, member agencies, and partners meeting critical needs in our community in the areas of education, income, and health. 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.​