Intern Spotlight: Nakia Barham

Nakia | United Way of Greater GreensboroNakia Barham is the newest Community Impact and Investment intern.

She is currently at senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a Human Development and Family Studies major with a minor in Sociology. Nakia has always had an interest in the development from birth to adulthood.

United Way of Greater Greensboro: What’s the focus of your internship?
Nakia Barham: The purpose of my internship is to assist with the management  and evaluation of the UWGG Strategic Partner investment process. I actively serve on the Health & Basic Needs Council and the Education Income Council review teams. To prepare for the current 2018-2020 funding cycle, I process application materials including the materials for volunteer review. I will also help to plan and prepare for 2019-2021 funding cycle.

UW: What‘s got you most excited about this internship?
NB: The idea of learning something new excited me the most about this internship. I have never worked for a non-profit organization before, nor have I ever worked with grants management. I enjoy learning about the functionality of big organizations and this internship gives me an inside look at exactly how the many departments intertwine creating an awesome team!

UW: At the end of your internship, what do you hope to have accomplished?
NB: I hope to gain an in depth understanding of how grants management works, how funding process are done, and how UWGG effects the community. I would love to build a support network with the many individuals, of all different backgrounds, who are a part of the UWGG team!

UW: What was your first impression of United Way?
NB: Before interning with United Way I was completely unaware of what the organization did. I also did not know that United Way was a non-profit organization. Starting my internship here, I met some of the most interesting and intellectual people. Everyone in the UWGG office is extremely welcoming and immediately accepted me into the United Way family! In just a few weeks here, I have learned so much about the company and what happens behind the scenes of their large community impact.

UW: What does service mean to you?
NB: To me, service means assisting in any way to have a successful outcome. It means helping others in ways that best meet their needs. Service is not meant for what you get in return, instead it’s what you can do within your power to give someone else what they don’t have. Service is all encompassing and there is always someone or something that can gain power by your service.

UW: Who is your biggest role model and how have they shaped the person you are and/or becoming?
NB: My grandmother, Debra Barham, is my biggest role model and my greatest inspiration. She has instilled much needed knowledge and resilience in me from a very young age. Her accomplishments in life are motivation for me to never stop learning and growing as a person. She taught me to use every situation and opportunity, no matter the outcome, as a learning lesson. I hope to one day make her as proud of me as I have always been of her! I am blessed and grateful to have such an amazing role model to help mold me into whom I was meant to be at my highest potential.





Ben & Jerry’s Partners with United Way for Free Cone Day April 10

2018 Free Cone Day | Ben & Jerry's United Way of Greater GreensboroBen & Jerry’s Friendly Center is partnering with United Way of Greater Greensboro for the third year in a row to celebrate “Free Cone Day” on Tuesday, April 10, 12 to 8 p.m. The media is invited.

Free Cone Day offers every visitor to Ben & Jerry’s a free ice cream scoop of their choice.

Free Cone Day will take over the central plaza of Friendly Center and will feature outdoor games, a DJ, and special appearances by the North Carolina A&T State University drumline, pep band, and dancers.

Ben & Jerry’s celebrates Free Cone Day every year as a thank you to their customers. The celebration has grown over the years into a global event at Ben & Jerry’s locations around the world.

Participants will have the opportunity to make a donation to United Way during the event, and 100% of donations received will be given to support United Way’s efforts to reduce poverty in the greater Greensboro community.









Inspirational Subject of The Blind Side, Leigh Anne Tuohy, at United Way’s Community Speakers Series

Leigh Anne Tuohy | 2018 Community Speaker SeriesInspirational Subject of The Blind Side, Leigh Anne Tuohy, at United Way’s Community Speakers Series

Greensboro, NC (March 16, 2018) – United Way of Greater Greensboro is welcoming the inspirational subject of The Blind Side and New York Times best-selling author, Leigh Anne Tuohy, as this year’s keynote for the 2018 Community Speaker Series at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center on May 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The media is invited to attend.

Leigh Anne and her family legally adopted a teenage homeless foster child. They raised and educated him and encouraged his passion for football. He later became the NFL Super Bowl Champion, Michael Oher.

Her personal journey was later documented in Michael Lewis’ New York Times best-selling 2006 story The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, which follows Oher from his impoverished hopeless beginnings to how Leigh Anne and her husband, Sean, adopted him to reach football success. In 2009, the book was adapted into the film, The Blind Side in which Sandra Bullock portrayed Leigh Anne in an Academy Award winning role.

At United Way’s event, Leigh Anne will share her personal “Blind Side” observations, from seeing Michael for the first time to how the experience changed her as a person and the Tuohy’s as a family. She will also share the importance of recognizing the full potential of individuals in our community and inspiring us to recognize value in others.

Leigh Anne has authored two New York Times best-selling books, entitled Turn Around: Reach Out, Give Back, and Get Moving and In a Heartbeat: Sharing the power of Cheerful Giving

The Tuohy’s continue to make an impact nationwide with the establishment of their charity, The Making It Happen Foundation, which promotes awareness, provides hope, and improves standards of living for all the children fighting to survive in the invisible cracks of society. In 2010, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Christian Brothers University and is a member on the Board of Directors for Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, an organization dedicated to supporting teens on their path to graduate from high school and prepare them for a successful future.

United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Community Speaker Series convenes people from across our community to learn together, connect with one another, and be inspired while supporting the work of United Way. United Way’s Women United is hosting this year’s event and VF Corporation is this year’s presenting sponsor. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at




Six United Way Partners Receive Statewide Spirit Awards, Cone Health Honored as Exceeding Excellence

Spirit of NC 2017Six United Way Partners Receive Statewide Spirit Awards, Cone Health Honored as Exceeding Excellence

Greensboro, NC (February 27, 2018) – Six local United Way of Greater Greensboro partners were honored with Spirit of North Carolina Awards at United Way of North Carolina’s annual award luncheon on February 21. Cone Health was additionally honored with an Excellence in Community Spirit Award.

Each year, the United Way of North Carolina (UWNC) recognizes and awards companies and organizations that demonstrate strong community support through local United Way involvement. The Spirit of North Carolina Award celebrates the partnership of people working together to develop and implement innovative solutions for long-term community change.

Local Spirit of NC Award winners include:

Hunter Elementary
Jesse Wharton Elementary School
Northwest Middle School
Youth Focus, Inc.
Guilford County Schools
Cone Health

“We are so grateful to this year’s winners for being collaborative, hands-on partnership and corporate supporters. This year’s winners led the way with campaigns that communicated the important message of our work while creating a spirit of healthy competition and engagement” says Nadine Malpass, Senior Vice President, Resource Development, United Way of Greater Greensboro.

UWNC also honored Cone Health with an Excellence in Community Spirit Award, which is not awarded every year, for far exceeding its Spirit of North Carolina Award standards of excellence. Cone Health stood out from other award winners not only because of their number of volunteer hours and financial donations, but the number of lives they impacted in the three NC counties they serve.

Excellence on Community Spirit Award:

·       Cone Health

Skip Hislop, Vice President, Oncology Services and chair of the Cone Health United Way Campaign, accepted the award on behalf of all Cone Health employees.

“Our employees give of their hearts every day and the work of the United Way is an extension of that. It is easy for us to support an organization that shares our values and commitment to the communities we serve,” says Hislop.

“Cone Health Network is an excellent example of people who care about all aspects of humanity and doing good for others,” says Michelle Gethers-Clark, United Way of Greater Greensboro president and CEO.

Winners were determined by a panel of 20 judges from United Way organizations across the state. For more information about the Spirit of North Carolina Award and a complete list of winners, visit


OUR PARTNERSHIPS END POVERTY: United Way of Greater Greensboro supports solutions that work together to end poverty. Our partners provide basic needs, access to care, learning opportunities and financial stability so your community can thrive. The federal government defines poverty as family of four earning $24,600 per year. According to local self-sufficiency standards many four-member households need to earn around $60,000 to meet basic needs without subsidized assistance.

Intern Spotlight: Kacie Lynch

Kacie Lynch | Marketing & Communications InternKacie Lynch is our newest Marketing and Communications intern.

She is currently a senior at Elon University as a Human Service Studies major with a minor in Criminal Justice Studies and Sociology. Kacie gained interest in interning with us after Michael Cottingham, our VP of Marketing and Communications, was invited to sit on a panel at Elon to discuss communications as a profession.

United Way of Greater Greensboro: What’s the focus of your internship?
Kacie Lynch: The focus of my internship, I believe, is to interview United Way donors, program participants, and program employees and create profiles and stories based on each individual’s unique experience.

UW: What has got you most excited about this internship?
KL: I am most excited about hearing each individual’s personal story and to convey these experiences into stories.

UW: At the end of your internship, what do you hope to have accomplished?
KL: I hope to have gained a comprehensive understanding of non-profits and to have created content that can be utilized to increase campaign funding.

UW: What was your first impression of United Way?
KL: My first impression of United Way was that all of the people who worked in the GSO were incredibly driven. I immediately wanted to be a part of this organization, in particular, because of the passion that I saw in employees.

UW: What does service mean to you?
KL: I believe anyone can partake in community service, but that it takes special individuals to actually be engaged and connected with what they are doing. In order to engage and connect with community service, I think that you have to find something resonates within you. You have to find something that compels you, that drives you, that you relate to.

UW: Who is your biggest role model and how have they shaped the person you are and/or becoming?
KL: My biggest role model is my dad as he has always encouraged me to find something that I am passionate about and pursue that. During my first semester of college, my dad emailed me a photo. It said, “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called STRESS. Working hard for something we love is called PASSION”. These words have guided my decisions and have pushed me to discover what I am passionate about, which is helping others and connecting them to resources. Had my dad not sent me these words my first week of college, I might have settled for something I was mildly interested in, as opposed to something that excites me and that drives me to make the world a better place.







College Students Invited to Apply for United Way Alternative Spring Break

LoveGSO Spring Break Greensboro, NC (February 7, 2018) – United Way of Greater Greensboro is seeking college students to participate in a local Alternative Spring Break, March 5 – 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Interested students must complete a short application by February 23, by visiting

10 to 12 local college students will be chosen through the application process have hands-on volunteer experiences and exclusive “behind the scenes” visits to awesome Greensboro businesses.

Volunteer activities include street clean up, community garden work, sorting donations and painting.

Behind the scenes locations include FORGE, Center for Creative Leadership, HQ Makers Space, International Civil Rights Museum and Revolution Mill.

Breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided daily.

Participants must be able to meet at United Way’s office each morning – travel to volunteer and behind the scenes location will be provided.

Ben & Jerry’s: Spreading Awareness and Impact

Richard Golden | Ben & Jerry's

Written by Kacie Lynch, Marketing & Communications Intern

Every year, United Way of Greater Greensboro partners with organizations throughout the community to create meaningful impact in the community. Three years ago, Richard Golden, general manager of four Ben and Jerry’s in the Triad area, reached out to United Way looking to get involved in creating impact and to form a relationship with United Way.

Richard first heard about United Way through TV commercials as a child, but never fathomed that he would partner with this organization decades later. Through working with United Way, Richard realized that Greensboro, his very own backyard, was one of the hungriest cities in America. He felt compelled to do something about it.

Eradicating homelessness and hunger have always been causes that have been close to Richard’s heart. Coincidentally, United Way of Greater Greensboro’s primary focus is to address root causes of issues like homelessness and hunger. Through partnering with United Way, Richard and his Ben and Jerrys team have reached hundreds within the community through their Free Cone Day, Dollar Scoop Day, and United Way’s Halloween Trunk-or-Treat.

Richard & Team | Ben & Jerry's
Richard and Friendly Center Shift Leader, Tyrone proudly standing in front of a store graphic of depicting the Greensboro Four

Through Ben & Jerry’s involvement within the greater Greensboro community, Richard and his team are helping to spread the word about United Way and giving people an opportunity to make an impact in their community.

“The best thing I like about United Way are that the people that I’ve associated with are very passionate and you can really get involved in an organization when there is passion,” says Richard. He has been truly surprised and inspired by United Way’s commitment to eradicating poverty in the Greensboro community.

Richard and United Way share similar dreams, in that nobody will go without. Richard says his dream for Greensboro is “for everybody to have a pillow to lay their head on… and it can be done.” Together, United Way and community partners like Richard and Ben & Jerry’s can make this dream a reality.


During the month of February, we’ve teamed up with Ben & Jerry’s to bring you something sweet. If you swing by Ben & Jerry’s at Friendly Center and drop off spaghetti dinner items and/or sign up for the loveGSO volunteer mailing list, you’ll get a FREE scoop of your favorite ice cream. Learn more.

Bonus: Throughout the month, Ben & Jerry’s will doante $5 of every Valentine cake sold! Order your cake today.


Thanks(for)giving Helps United Way’s Family Success Center Members

After hearing one too many Black Friday horror stories, Jenny Stilley decided that the madness needed to stop.

“Black Friday can be a little intense. So we decided that we wanted to do something for our community that would give our customers a chance to give back while they shopped,” says Jenny Stilley, owner of BohoBlu, a local boutique shop.

Five years ago Jenny and her husband started BohoBlu. They now operate a total of six locations across the Triad and they are committed to using their success to make a difference.

For the last three years, Jenny and her husband, Patrick, have invited their Black Friday customers to participate in ‘Thanks(for)giving’ as a way to support local organizations.

This year, Jenny and her husband asked customers to donate gently used or new clothing that would be given to families at United Way’s Family Success Center.

Jenny Stilley | Thanks(for)giving“My husband and I are blown away by what the Family Success Center offers. Members can drop their kids off and earn a GED, develop job skills training or access whatever they need to become self-sufficient.

We’ve met some of the families and heard their stories. There’s no doubt the center is meeting a tremendous need, which makes it a no-brainer for us.”

Jenny says the support their customers gave this year was overwhelming. In total, 86 large bags of clothing was collected during Thanks(for)giving.

“We really believe that people want to give. You just have to make it easy. United Way makes it easy for us to give, so we make it easy for our customers to give,” Jenny Stilly, owner of BohoBlu.

Family Success Center members picking out clothing donated by Boho Blu.

Jenny and her husband are continuing to explore new ways to help United Way replace poverty with self-sufficiency, including offering onsite job training to Family Success Center members.

“I love the size of our community. We’re big enough to have restaurants and entertainment, but small enough so that individuals can still bring our community together to make an impact,” says Jenny Stilly, owner of BohoBlu.

“We’re just in awe of what United Way does. We own retail stores. But to be able to touch just a little of what United Way does in our community is such a gift to us.”​

Please make a year-end gift today to support initiatives like the Family Success Center.









United Way Receives $210,000 Grant to Help Local Women Earn GEDs and Increase Financial Stability

United Way of Greater Greensboro has received a $210,000 grant from the Women to Women Fund of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro to help local women earn GEDs and increase their financial stability.


United Way will receive $70,000 a year over the next three years to support programming at its Family Success Center (FSC) which connects families with education, work and income supports, employment and career advancement, access to health and wellness services, and financial education and asset building.

United Way serves as the strategic leader of the FSC and leverages relationships with 30 human services experts, business leaders, governmental agencies and philanthropists to develop solutions. The FSC is located at Guilford Child Development and its integrated service delivery approach connects families with resources and services that reduce the impact of poverty.

Grant funds will be used to:

  • Support local women at the FSC who are on the path to earning GEDs and skills training to prepare them for employment and job advancement.
  • Ensure that children of mothers in the GED program obtain on-site, high-quality childcare and afterschool care.

The FSC’s GED program is the only high school equivalency degree completion program in Guilford County that offers on-site high-quality childcare. This cornerstone two-generation approach to learning has been identified as a main reason mothers participate.

National statistics indicate that 80% of the 12 million children living with a single parent live with their single mother. In most cities, including Greensboro, female headed households with pre-school aged children are experiencing 40% poverty rates. United Way of Greater Greensboro is creating partnerships to reduce generational poverty by increasing household income to the point of self-sufficiency and financial stability.

Vanessa Ferguson to Perform at United Way’s 95th Campaign Kick off and Community Celebration

The community is invited to join United Way of Greater Greensboro on August 31, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Revolution Mill in Greensboro for a celebration 95 years in the making.

The entirely free event, which kicks off United Way’s 2017 campaign also celebrates United Way’s 95th year in the community and will feature a performance by Vanessa Ferguson. Ferguson was a finalist on NBC’s The Voice and tours the U.S.

Attendees will also be treated to Natty Greene’s beer, Cugino Forno pizza and gelato, Wow What a Drink juice, water, a DJ and more. People are encouraged to RSVP at

Participants should enter Revolution Mill at Textile Drive and walk across the bridge. United Way volunteers will be on hand to offer directions to the event location.

Additionally during the celebration, results from this year’s Pacesetter Campaign, which began in July, will be announced. The Pacesetter Campaign includes 18 companies that decided to conduct their United Way campaigns early to set the pace for a successful community-wide campaign.

2017 Pacesetter Campaigns:

  • Allen Tate Realtors
  • American National Bank & Trust
  • BB&T
  • Carruthers & Roth, P.A.
  • Center for Creative Leadership
  • Children’s Home Society
  • City of Greensboro
  • Duke Energy Corporation
  • First Citizens Bank & Trust
  • Guilford County
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals
  • Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Sharrard, McGee & Co., P.A.
  • Target Corporation
  • United Way of Greater Greensboro
  • UPS
  • Volunteer Center of Greensboro