Jumping In Head First

Written by Kacie Lynch, Marketing & Communications Intern

Two years ago this month Carla Banks became the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of Greensboro. With a heart for community, she began looking for opportunities to volunteer. She was involved with United Ways in other states and communities, and sought out United Way of Greater Greensboro. Carla was pleasantly surprised to see that her new United Way had a single focus: eradicating poverty.

She jumped in head first and started serving on two United Way cabinets: African American Leadership and Women United. Both of which have brought her closer to her new community.

“I think it is important for people to recognize opportunities that are available like African American Leadership and Women United because they specialize in areas where you feel like you can make a difference.” These cabinets, Carla explained, host events that are geared toward putting the spotlight on the issue of ending poverty and illuminate ways that the issue can be combatted.

Carla Banks Emceed United Way’s 2017 Handbags for Hope.

Carla says, “United Way of Greater Greensboro makes it easy to take resources and channel them where the needs are with the goal of ending poverty. One of the best things about United Way of Greensboro, is that the community can see the statistics, the research, the evidence that the money and time people are contributing are having a positive impact on other people’s lives. A difference is being made. There are tangible results.”

Carla envisions a community where people are actively working together to reduce poverty and celebrate the positive outcomes along the way. Thanks to volunteers like Carla, United Way is working on making that vision a reality.

 

 

Kacie Lynch | Marketing & Communications Intern

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The Courage to Move Forward

Written by Kacie Lynch, Marketing & Communications Intern

Dorothy Stroud on the Family Success CenterDorothy Stroud was referred to the Family Success Center by Section 8 Housing after her case manager recognized her desire to build a better future for her daughter.

Dorothy initially came to the Family Success Center (FSC) seeking daycare. She soon she could also finish her GED – something she had always wanted to do. Dorothy exclaimed, “Childcare was the main purpose. But I came here, and they offered me a lot more. I saw all the opportunities that they had for me. Computer classes, GED classes, the Speaker’s Bureau, and HRD classes and I took advantage of some of that.”

Before the Family Success Center, Dorothy was unsure of what her next move was. “I was struggling,” stated Dorothy. When she decided to become a part of the FSC, Dorothy was assigned a career coach, Cameo Parks. She attributes much of her success and her plan for the future to Ms. Parks.

Since September, Dorothy has gained employment and is working towards earning her GED. “The GED is only the beginning,” says Dorothy. She has plans to start her own business and is working towards setting up her own website. Like many other participants, the FSC has opened a door of possibilities.

Dorothy sharing her story with Kacie Lynch on the Family Success Center
Dorothy sharing her story with United Way Marketing intern, Kacie Lynch

Dorothy shares that “before [FSC] I was just thinking about going back to work, but now it’s getting my GED, because I am going to have to do that and I want to do that. I want my daughter to see you cannot fail. You cannot quit, you cannot stop.”

The Family Success Center has played an integral part of helping Dorothy work towards her dreams. While being a part of the FSC community, she has taken it upon herself to serve as a motherly figure to many of the younger participants, offering guidance and a helping hand when she can.

Dorothy helped out a fellow FSC participant when she was going through a rough time. Dorothy enlisted her family and church to donate clothing to someone in need. She even donated some of her own child’s clothing. When recounting this event, she explained, “it’s all about helping. They help me. I gotta help you. We gotta help each other.”

 

 

Kacie Lynch | Marketing & Communications Intern

 

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