#GivingTuesday – December 2, 2014

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Black Friday… Cyber Monday… Giving Tuesday! This December 2nd, show that the holidays can be about both giving and giving back. 

Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters.

Volunteers Needed for Early Childhood Play Group

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

Building Bridges Toward a Stronger Economy – Dec. 4, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014
9:30am-2:30pm
Clarion Hotel Hotel
415 S Swing Road
Greensboro, NC 27409

Join us to learn how we can Break the Cycle of Poverty by Building Bridges to a Stronger Economy.
United Way of Greater Greensboro has partnered with Piedmont Together as a host for the upcoming Piedmont Together Equity Summit on December 4, 2014.

Other hosts include: The National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, Mayor Nancy Vaughn of Greensboro, Mayor Allen Joines of Winston-Salem, Mayor Newell Clark of Lexington and Mayor Ronnie Wall of Burlington.

The summit titled “Building Bridges Toward a Stronger Economy” will present the regional Equity Profile developed by PolicyLInk and create Equity Action Teams to address the recommendations for Equity Development in our region.
As United Way of Greater Greensboro continues to narrow its focus on Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in our community we must look at systemic changes that will support the equitable growth of our city and region.

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2014 Legislative Briefing: Building a Stronger North Carolina

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WHEN: Friday, December 5, 2014. 10am-12:00pm

HOSTED BY: United Ways of Forsyth County, Greater Greensboro and Greater High Point. 

WHERE: Girl Scouts Peaks to Piedmont, 1203 Frances Daily Ct, Colfax, NC 27235

United Way and the NC Budget and Tax Center are teaming up to share the story of North Carolina’s economy, the condition of the state budget and engage with you in duscussion about the issues affecting your community. As part of the event, rgional data wll be presented to demonstrate the impacts behing felt in local communities. When you leave, prepare to roll up your sleeves and put what you learned into action right where you live and work. Here is a snapshot of what you can expect:

– Information on North Carolina’s economy and how families are faring;

– Overview of state budget decisions and 2014 short session results which affect education, financial stability and health;

– What we can expect from the 2015 long session; and,

– Tools to make an impact on the issues you care most about.

Please register and join with others in your neighborhood to focus your local advocacy efforts and achieve great outcomes.

REGISTER NOW:
http://www.unitedwaync.org/2014legislativebriefings

Meet Jason Bohrer

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Dana Carter of United Way of Greater Greensboro sat down with Jason Bohrer, chair of the 2014-15 United Way of Greater Greensboro campaign, to learn more about his aspirations, inspirations and leadership.
Carter: What inspired you to accept the request to serve as campaign chair?

Bohrer: I have been involved with United Way since entering the workplace. It was an honor to be asked to serve as chair and I enthusiastically accepted. Frankly, it is a scary job. So many in the community depend on us to be successful. I accepted because I believe in the mission of United Way, I enjoy the community engagement and am energized by the professional team I get to work with every day.

One of the great strengths of this organization is the fact that there are so many community members who hold the organization accountable. Community volunteers are the backbone of United Way and they are in the trenches. Because of that oversight, donors can give to United Way of Greater Greensboro in full confidence that their dollars are working hard for the community in ways that make the most meaningful impact.

Bohrer_Jason-200x300Carter: What is your aspiration for this year’s United Way of Greater Greensboro campaign?

Bohrer: Due to both local and national economic conditions, United Way of Greater Greensboro had a five-year run of declining fundraising. Last year, the team turned the corner and raised $11,000,000. Our goal this year is to continue the positive trend and raise more money than last year. In the long term, our aspirations are to be a $15,000,000 annual campaign and over the next few years we will do everything we can to get there. The more dollars we raise, the more people we can serve and lives we can change. All in all, that means a stronger Greensboro.

Carter: What will be your primary focus during the campaign?

Bohrer: This year we have a lot to discuss with the community. United Way has a new focus on reducing poverty in our community from the current shocking level of 20% of the people in our community. We have a highly professional team, loads of enthusiastic volunteers and loyal supporters. A key goal of mine is to get our message out to individuals and corporations that have not worked with us before, and begin to partner with them to make a difference in the community.

Carter: Talk to me a bit more about your background.

Bohrer: I have over 30 years of business experience in companies ranging from regional firms to global enterprises. My goal is to bring that practical experience to United Way to help make a positive impact on the community. I have spent a great deal of time in general management and finance, and can assure the community that United Way is a good steward of the pledges received, makes wise investments and measures community impact carefully.

Carter: What do you bring to the United Way campaign this year?

Bohrer: I bring an enthusiasm for our mission, a love of working on teams, a critical eye for the analysis of our activities, a servant’s heart and a goal of having a positive effect on the community.

Carter: What do you love most about Greensboro?

Bohrer: Greensboro is a very welcoming and caring community. From the first day my family and I moved here ten years ago it felt like home. We have an exceptional degree of volunteerism due to our collective interest in making Greensboro an even better place to live.

Carter: What do you wish others in our community knew about United Way?

Bohrer: The staff, volunteers and supporters of United Way care deeply about the community and have the goal to make a difference every day. For those of you we are currently not partnering with, please take a few minutes to learn about our mission, get to know us and then jump in… the water is fine.

 

To learn how to start a United Way campaign at your workplace, call United Way of Greater Greensboro at 336-378-6600.

Give a gift to support United Way’s work in our community. 

United Way of Greater Greensboro Welcomes Jason Bohrer as 2014 Campaign Chair

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

(Greensboro, NC – October 6, 2014) –The 2014 United Way of Greater Greensboro campaign is underway with a new campaign chair at the helm. Jason Bohrer, partner at management consulting firm Newbold Advisors, will lead the 2014 campaign; his goal: to raise even more funds than the 2013 campaign accomplishment of $11 Million, so that the organization can reach and serve even more residents in need.

The 2014 campaign kicked off September 25. More than 500 companies plan to hold workplace campaigns. One of the campaign goals is to create 100% awareness about Greensboro’s growing poverty rates and root causes. Armed with this information, United Way is asking more companies to get engaged and every employee to participate to help break the cycle of poverty in Greensboro.

Bohrer is a long-time donor and corporate leader. In 2013, he joined the United Way of Greater Greensboro board of directors and agreed to become the lead community volunteer for the 2014 United Way Campaign. He has the passion and analytical rigor to take the campaign to the next level.

“The work of United Way has thrived by the commitments of our loyal contributors and we are endlessly thankful,” says Bohrer. “With new leadership, with new business leaders in Greensboro coming to the table to support this great community, we can do so much more. I’m confident that this year, businesses and individuals not currently involved with United Way will answer this call.”

“Greensboro has a history of standing together to improve the quality of life for all,” says Michelle Gethers-Clark, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro. “Today, we ask for more people to get involved with United Way by giving a gift, volunteering or advocating on issues impacting low-income communities. Greensboro can be greater if we all LIVE UNITED.”

Small business and large corporations alike can join with more than 500 organizations in the Greater Greensboro area that are supporting the work of United Way. To learn how, call United Way of Greater Greensboro at 336-378-6600.

Individuals are invited to give to the United Way campaign online at www.UnitedWayGSO.org. Every dollar makes a difference in helping those in need in our community.

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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.

Trunk-or-Treat – Sunday, October 26

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Join us for a fun, family-friendly event with United Way Young Leaders, community partners, and volunteers as they decorate the trunks of their cars and fill them with candy and treats. Participants will also learn more about United Way. Bring your little ghosts and ghouls, princesses and superheroes in costume to TRUNK-or-TREAT with us! View photos from past TRUNK-or-TREAT events.

When: Sunday, October 26 from 2-4pm
Where: United Way of Greater Greensboro Parking Lot, 1500 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro

Volunteer to host a trunk and hand out candy, or to help in other ways!

CELEBRATE GREENSBORO Brings Community Together to Kick Off United Way of Greater Greensboro 2014 Campaign

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

(Greensboro, NC – September 17, 2014) –United Way of Greater Greensboro is kicking off its 2014 campaign and wants YOU to join in the fun! United Way will host Celebrate Greensboro, a fun, family-friendly community celebration on Thursday, September 25, from 4-7pm in Festival Park. Gather your friends, family and colleagues and join United Way to celebrate what it means to LIVE UNITED in a great community.

The Magnificents Band will be on stage playing favorite classic, soul, beach, top 40 and dance tunes.

What: CELEBRATE GREENSBORO: A United Way of Greater Greensboro Community Celebration

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014. 4:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Festival Park, downtown Greensboro, directly adjacent (north side) to the Greensboro Cultural Center at 200 N. Davie Street.

Why: To celebrate the people and places that help make life better for all

To learn about United Way of Greater Greensboro’s focus on breaking the cycle of poverty in Greensboro

To hear how businesses can help by hosting a United Way campaign

To hear how United Way changes lives every day.

To learn how every citizen can get involved at some level and help break the cycle of poverty in Greensboro with United Way.

Details: This event is free and open to the public.

Food trucks will be available. Picnics are welcome (no alcohol please. Remember to recycle.) No RSVP is required. Wear your “LIVE UNITED” t-shirt and show your support!

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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.

United Way of Greater Greensboro Honors Top Philanthropic, Service Leaders

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

(Greensboro, NC – September 16, 2014) – On September 3, United Way of Greater Greensboro held its 4th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon at Grandover Resort and Conference Center. More than 700 individuals convened to support United Way’s work, hear from keynote speaker Lauren Bush Lauren, be inspired and give back.
At the luncheon, United Way honored the tremendous compassion of four outstanding philanthropic leaders in our community for their longtime commitment to Greensboro and legacy of giving.  The two awards are annual recognitions presented at United Way’s Women in Philanthropy event, hosted by its Women’s Leadership Council.
2014 United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to Royce and Jane Reynolds
Presenting the award to Royce and Jane Reynolds was Michelle Gethers-Clark, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro. Clark spoke of the couple’s exceptional leadership and philanthropy as an expression of their love of mankind that reaches every corner of our community. From humble beginnings, Royce and Jane always kept their faith, pursuit of education and hard work at the forefront, which are at the foundation of their success in Greensboro. They are longtime United Way supporters, and have supported many great organizations and endeavors in our community including The Royce and Jane Reynolds Institute for Church Leadership at Greensboro College, Greensboro Urban Ministry, West Market Street United Methodist Church, Boy Scouts, The Salvation Army, Duke University, and beyond.
2014 United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Legacy Award
Presented to Phyllis Shavitz and Joy Shavitz
Presenting the award to Phyllis and Joy Shavitz was Kathy Manning, a longtime United Way supporter and friend of the honorees. Manning spoke of the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law team who have devoted their time, energy and good fortune to those in need in our community.
The two are long-time United Way of Greater Greensboro supporters—Joy has previously chaired the Tocqueville Society campaign as well. Beyond their commitment and support of United Way, they have collectively served with and supported the Greensboro Jewish Federation, Triad Stage, UNCG food pantry, Hospice and Palliative Care of High Point, The Community Foundation, Greensboro Urban Ministry, The Women’s Resource Center, The National Conference for Community and Justice, The North Carolina Museum of Art, and the new Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.
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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.

United Way Establishes Bell House Resident Transition Fund

United Way of Greater Greensboro will continue to support the residents of Bell House during this period of transition. Bell House has done a tremendous job serving an important part of our community. United Way will carry the compassion and concern of our citizens by establishing a Bell House Resident Transition Fund. Thank you for your support!

To give online via a credit or debit card, or your PayPal account, visit: http://fnd.us/c/crYn1/sh/9234V3

If you prefer to give via check, please make it payable to “United Way – Bell House” and mail to:
United Way of Greater Greensboro
1500 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro, NC 27405

If you have questions about giving to the Bell House Resident Transition Fund, please contact Lynne Kirsch at United Way at 336-378-5041.