United Way’s 12th Annual Breakfast with Community Leaders: Closing the Door on Poverty by Creating Housing Opportunities

Greensboro, NC (November 11, 2019) – On December 3, 7:00-9:30 a.m. at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church over 250 people are expected to attend United Way of Greater Greensboro’s 12th annual Breakfast with Community Leaders hosted by United Way’s African American Leadership affinity group. The free event is open to the public and will feature a panel discussion focused on addressing local housing challenges. Attendees will be empowered to create collaborative solutions.

Presenters include:

  • Brian Hahne, Executive Director, Partners Ending Homelessness
  • Tina Akers Brown, Executive Director, Greensboro Housing Authority
  • Stan Wilson, Director, Neighborhood Development for City of Greensboro

Attendees are encouraged to bring new, or gently used, coats, socks, gloves and warm hats that will be donated to local children and youth.

Doors open and free breakfast buffet will be available at 7 a.m. The program will begin at 7:45 a.m.

This event is generously sponsored by Cone Health Foundation, Cone Health System, Lincoln Financial Group, American National Foundation and Greensboro Housing Authority.

To RSVP, click here.

United Way’s Young Leaders Expect Over 2,500 Attendees at Annual Trunk-or-Treat, October 27

Greensboro, NC (October 10, 2019) – Fall is here and Halloween is fast approaching. Over two thousand children and adults are expected to join the fun at United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Trunk-or-Treat hosted by Young Leaders. The event will take place on Sunday October 27, 2 – 4 p.m. in the parking lot of United Way, 1500 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro.

United Way’s annual Trunk-or-Treat is a fun and safe event that is free and open to the public. Volunteers creatively decorate the trunks of their vehicles and fill them with candy and healthy treats for children and families to enjoy.

The first 2,000 attendees will receive a voucher for a free kid’s meal at Texas Roadhouse and 150 lucky attendees will also receive a voucher for a free biscuit at Biscuitville. Free popcorn will be available for all attendees to enjoy thanks to Let’s Keep it Poppin’.

Thanks to many generous candy drive hosts and sponsorship from Cone Health, Lincoln Financial Group, Truliant Federal Credit Union, WellCare Health Plans of North Carolina, and one anonymous donor, volunteers will be able to pass out almost 500 pounds of candy and healthy snacks.

In addition to candy, there will be thousands of toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste and healthy snacks and beverages distributed thanks to Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Company at Brown Summit, Touloupas & Touloupas Dentistry, and Coke Consolidated.

Luke Akers, national racing champion, will be in attendance with his race car along with representatives from the Greensboro Fire Department.

Historically, parents who bring their children to Trunk-or-Treat say they prefer the event over traditional trick-or-treating because it’s during the day, making it safer for their children.

The event will also feature face painting, fall and Halloween themed games and prizes, and music by Best Night Ever DJ and Events.

Interested community members are invited to host a trunk or a candy drive to support the event. For more details, visit unitedwaygso.org/trunk.

Tidal Wave Auto Spa’s 11th Annual Charity Day to Support United Way’s Efforts to End Poverty

(Greensboro, NC, September 18, 2019) – The community is invited to join United Way of Greater Greensboro for Tidal Wave Auto Spa’s 11th Annual Charity Day on Friday, September 20, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tidal Wave Auto Spa chose to direct all donations to United Way of Greater Greensboro again this year, describing the organization as “exceptional and deserving”.

100% of proceeds from Charity Day will be given to support United Way’s efforts to end local poverty.

Tidal Wave Auto Spa is located at 3745 Battleground Ave., Greensboro.

Over the past ten years, Tidal Wave Auto Spas have donated over $380,000 to nonprofits nationwide.

Public Invited to Attend United Way’s Annual Community Celebration to END Poverty

(Greensboro, NC, September 13, 2019) – The community is invited to join United Way of Greater Greensboro on September 27, 6 to 9 p.m., at Revolution Mill in Greensboro for United Way’s annual Community Celebration to END Poverty. 

The family-friendly event will feature live music by JujuGuru. Attendees will be treated to beer from Natty Greene’s and will have access to food trucks including Bandito Burrito and Classic Cookout. 

During the celebration, results from this year’s Pacesetter Campaign (which began in July) will be announced. The Pacesetter Campaign includes 12 companies that decided to conduct their United Way campaigns early to set the pace for a successful community-wide campaign.

2019 Pacesetter Campaigns:

  • Allen Tate Realtors
  • Carruthers & Roth, P.A.
  • Center for Creative Leadership
  • Children’s Home Society of NC
  • Family Service of the Piedmont
  • Greensboro Housing Authority
  • Target Corporation
  • Townebank
  • United Way of Greater Greensboro
  • UPS
  • Volunteer Center of Greensboro, Inc.

JujuGuru is featured on Artists United to End Poverty, a benefit album with 50+ tracks produced by local nonprofit The Culture Pushers. All proceeds from Artists United to End Poverty will be donated to support United Way’s efforts to end poverty. The album is on sale now on iTunes (not Apple Music) and Amazon (not Amazon Music).

Artists United to End Poverty Benefit Album Pre-Sales Available, Release Party Sept. 6

(Greensboro, NC, August 29, 2019) – Artists United to End Poverty, a local benefit album, is exclusively available for pre-sale purchase on iTunes (not Apple Music) and when the album officially releases on September 6, will be available on Amazon Music and Google Play. Album information and downloading instructions can be found at: www.culturepushers.org/album.

The public is invited to celebrate and attend the album’s official release party on September 6, 6 – 9 p.m. at Elm Street Lounge, 115 S. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro. Artists from the album will be performing throughout the event.

Greensboro native and Grammy Award winning record producer, Andreao “Fanatic” Heard, who founded and represents The Culture Pushers, a local non-profit, partnered with United Way of Greater Greensboro to produce the album.

Music is often a driving force behind social change. From counterculture and protest songs in the 1960s to “We Are the World” in 1985, music is a transformative energy that creates and supports movements that showcase the best of our humanity.

Artists United to End Poverty is just that – a benefit album with incredible music that supports a huge social need. Greensboro ranks 31% above the national poverty average, and 1 out of every four kids are growing up in poverty. Based on these harsh realities, Fanatic is donating 100% of album proceeds to support United Way of Greater Greensboro’s bold movement to END local poverty.

The album includes over 50 songs and artists who have donated their music for the project and features the title track, “Die 4 Love” which includes dozens of artists singing together in true “We are the World” style.

Album Artists include:

Vanessa Ferguson, Bishop Bryan J. Pierce, Sr., Mount Zion Gospel Choir, The Hamiltones, Mayor Nancy Vaughan, John P. Kee, Laurelyn Dossett, Autumn Nicholas, Fanatic, Andre Fenix, Demeanor, Jordan Hawkins, Shelby J, Sybil, J. Timber , Molly McGinn, Quilla, Josh King, Jaron Strom, Citizen Shade, Tigo B, Jessica Mashburn, Josephus Thomson III, The Collection, Abigail Dowd, JBlanked, Debbie “The Artist” Long, Chris Meadows, AND MANY MORE!

Fanatic says, “I felt compelled to get involved because I know the power of music and how it can help address social issues that exist in the community. Hopefully this album will bring awareness to how real this poverty issue is in our city. The numbers are alarming. I’m excited to partner with United Way because after meeting and talking with them I can clearly see they are truly focused and committed to ending local poverty. As a record producer you dream of this ‘Quincy Jones moment’ where you can work with all these amazing artists and musicians for a greater cause.”

“Greensboro is full of caring people who do not accept children going to bed hungry, or adults struggling to meet basic needs as our reality. This project will help spread awareness and fuel United Way’s efforts that are working together to end poverty. Bold goals require bold moves and we hope other communities will use this project as a blueprint to address their own individual needs,” says Michael Cottingham, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Album sponsors include: az development, IBERIABANK, The City of Greensboro, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Downtown Greensboro Inc., Joy Shavitz, Randall Kaplan, Ann Zuraw and Mae Douglas.

United Way of Greater Greensboro Accepting Letters of Interest for Grant Funding

Greensboro, NC (August 28, 2019) – United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG) is accepting Letters of Interest (LOI) from current and unaffiliated non-profit partners for the 2020-2022 strategic grant process. Letters of Interest are due no later than September 27, 2019.

LOIs during this grant cycle must be from local non-profits offering solutions that address basic needs, employment and financial capabilities. Applicants will need to demonstrate abilities and outcomes that are reducing the number of children, adults and families experiencing the impact of generational poverty.

Non-profit organizations with programs that meet LOI requirements will be invited to submit full grant applications. Programs selected through a volunteer-led award process are eligible to receive two-year funding for 2020-2022.

Every year, UWGG accepts grant applications from human service organizations through an open and competitive process. Volunteer-led committees called Impact Councils select programs based on their abilities to produce outcomes that reduce the number of children, families and adults living in poverty. This “open funding” model allows United Way to invest donor gifts into local programs with proven solutions that are decreasing poverty.

Applicants can access a detailed list of funding goals, strategies and program measures at: www.UnitedWayGSO.org/Our-Grants

57 Local Youth Hired as a Result of Plus One Program

United Way of Greater Greensboro and the City of Greensboro partnered again this year to expand summer employment opportunities for local youth with the Plus One program.

In its second year, 17 employers hired 57 local youth for summer employment.

Research shows there are major benefits of summer employment including gaining work experience and supplementing family income. Summer employment for youth also has positive educational implications. Having a summer job can increase teens’ time-management skills, self-confidence and sense of responsibility, all of which help them succeed in life and in school.

“We are thrilled with the results of Plus One this year and know the program will continue to expand in future years,” said Traci McLemore Senior Manager of Community Impact Initiatives at United Way of Greater Greensboro. “The growth we saw when compared to last year only shows how needed these employment opportunities are for young people.”

Amir Frazier was hired by United Way of Greater Greensboro as the organization’s Plus One employee. After participating in United Way’s Alternative Spring Break program for college students in March 2019, he says he was interested in working with United Way to better his understanding of the nonprofit sector and to gain new skills.

“Being the Plus One employee at United Way this summer has exposed me to so much and taught me how to be more independent,” said Frazier. “I got to see what it’s like to work in an office space on a day-to-day basis and I met a lot of people who are dedicated to making their community better. It opened up a whole new network to me.”

For more information on Plus One, visit unitedwaygso.org/plusone.

News & Record Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

The goal of this letter is to share facts surrounding the grant-making process for United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG).

First, please allow me to provide some context. From 2014 to 2018, UWGG held collaborative discussions with nonprofits and community leaders. These conversations resulted in co-creating a more effective grant making model.

Our new grant-making model, introduced in 2017, now requires organizations seeking funding to join UWGG’s strategic focus of placing children and adults onto pathways that take them out of generational poverty. This new model is how the UWGG Board of Directors meets its fiduciary responsibility to the community.

Here’s how our grantmaking process now works:

  • All nonprofits have an “open” invitation to apply for program funding based on performance/outcomes and available grant funds.
  • Outstanding community volunteer committees review ALL grant applications and make funding recommendations to the UWGG board of directors.

The BSA Old North State’s Scouting program did not propose positive outcomes relative to other grant applications. Additionally, they lowered their goal in this year’s application rather than offering solutions to past performance issues. Therefore, this program was not recommended and subsequently was not approved for investment.

Michelle Gethers Clark
CEO & President

MeaningFULL Meals Helping Feed Children Over Summer Months

Greensboro, NC (July 3, 2019) – United Way of Greater Greensboro is mobilizing the community throughout July with its annual MeaningFULL meals program in partnership with BackPack Beginnings and The Volunteer Center of Greensboro.

Six years ago, United Way and The Volunteer Center started MeaningFULL Meals, a nutrition project that seeks food donations to help feed school children in need while school is out for summer. BackPack Beginnings joined the partnership four years ago and serves as the recipient of all food donations, dispersing them to children and families in the community.

In the summer months, many local children do not have access to nutritious meals and go hungry. The community is invited to be part of the solution by supporting MeaningFULL Meals this July.

Making a big difference is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Get a box – available at United Way office if needed.
  2. Fill your box with donated food items (see full listing at UnitedWayGSO.org/meaningFULL)
  3. Drop off collected items at BackPack Beginnings (office hours listed at backpackbeginnings.org/contact)

A full list of needed items can be found at UnitedWayGSO.org/meaningFULL.

Celebrating Success: Willie’s Story

“I’ve always had a lot of goals, but I didn’t have the support I needed to accomplish them. Now I have everything I need to change my life thanks to the Family Success Center.”

Born and raised in Greensboro, Willie Tatum graduated from high school but struggled to find her footing soon after. Raising four children, Willie says she felt overwhelmed and desperately needed a support system.

Willie found that support system at the Family Success Center and says her path to success is now more exciting than she ever imagined.

Willie was one of the first members to enroll at United Way of Greater Greensboro’s second Family Success Center located at The Salvation Army of Greensboro Center of Hope.

United Way’s Family Success Center model addresses the needs of families living on low incomes by offering bundled services in one accessible location that are tailored to meet unique needs. Services focused on employment, education, financial capability, health and wellness and basic needs are provided through collaboration.

“The best thing about the Family Success Center is the relationships,” says Willie. “My coach and teachers help me break down my goals into smaller steps so I can accomplish them. My classmates always encourage me, and I encourage them too. It’s a family—really.”

Thanks to the Family Success Center, Willie is now employed and is saving more money than ever. She is already improving her credit score and is planning on buying her first home.

And thanks to the lessons she’s learned from the center’s budgeting class, she paid off her car less than six months after joining the center.

Willie is seeing improvements in her physical and mental health too. “I’ve learned how to ask for help and now I know that I have a team of people at the Family Success Center ready to support me at every step of the way.”