Greensboro Virus Relief Taskforce Grants Over $134,000 to 11 Local Nonprofits Helping People Impacted by Coronavirus

To-Date, Over $1.4 Million Granted to 69 Local Nonprofits Helping Thousands of People, Taskforce Wants to Raise an Additional $2 Million to support Relief Efforts

Greensboro, NC (April 24, 2020) –In its fourth round of funding, the Greensboro Virus Relief Taskforce granted $134,333 to 11 local nonprofits providing services to people impacted by the Coronavirus. Over the past four weeks, the Taskforce has granted a total of $1,479,471 to 69 local nonprofits helping thousands of individuals and families.

The funds were allocated from the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund which was established by United Way of Greater Greensboro, City of Greensboro and Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

The Taskforce is co-chaired by Larry Davis, Assistant City Manager, and Frank McCain, Vice President, Community Impact and Investment, United Way and comprised of leaders from Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Guilford County and leaders representing six priority areas.

To quickly respond to community needs, volunteer Taskforce members are reviewing dozens of applications from local nonprofits each week. According to Taskforce member Deborah Hooper, Chief Operating Officer, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Taskforce has been a labor of love and inspiration.

“Serving on the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund Task Force is both a humbling, and educational, experience for me. I’ve learned so much through reading the grant applications, and studying other data resources provided, about the overwhelming basic needs in our community caused by the COVID-19 crisis and the humanitarian efforts to address them by these nonprofit organizations. Collectively, this is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and then had the privilege to help act on in my career,” said Hooper.

The taskforce would like to raise an additional $2 million to continue rapidly supporting community members during the pandemic. Members of the Taskforce are urging the community to continue to give. To make a donation to the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund, click here or text the word “Virus” to 40403.

One hundred percent of donations are immediately being used to support local nonprofit response efforts.

“We are very grateful. Not only is it helping us keep people employed, it’s also helping us reach out to frail older adults that are now having to stay home, who just desperately need some additional support,” said Chip Cromartie, Executive Director, Well Spring Solutions, a recent recipient of Virus Relief grant funding.

Additionally, the Taskforce is accepting funding requests from 501 (c)(3) organizations helping people impacted by the Coronavirus. For more on funding requirements and how to apply, visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org/virus.

The latest round of funding was granted to the following nonprofits addressing the following priority areas:

Business Disruptions

  • Make-A-Wish Central & Western NC: $5,525
  • Triad Local First: $7,838  

Education

  • NxtGeneration -The Movement: $12,020

Food Insecurities

  • Cambodian Cultural Center of North Carolina: $12,750
  • Daystar Christian Fellowship: $18,750
  • Free Indeed Outreach Ministry: $9,500
  • Positive Direction for Youth and Families: $9,500
  • Senior Resources of Guilford: $16,150

Housing Vulnerabilities

  • GP Sober House & Recovery : $14,300 

Healthcare Access

  • American Cancer Society: $9,000
  • Autism Society of North Carolina: $19,000

Weekly Donor Thank You

The Taskforce is grateful for gifts of all sizes and every donor is contacted personally to acknowledge their support. Additionally, the Taskforce would like to acknowledge the following organizations for their extremely generous support this week.

  • Phillips Foundation: $500,000
  • Ecolab: $100,000
  • Columbia Forest Products, Inc. $15,000
  • DMJ & Co.: $5,000

United Way Promotes Safe Volunteerism During National Volunteer Week, April 20-24

Greensboro, NC (April 20, 2020) – United Way of Greater Greensboro, in partnership with The Volunteer Center of the Triad and local community organizations, is promoting safe volunteer opportunities during National Volunteer Week, April 20-24, 2020. All are encouraged to get involved in an at-home or safe in-person opportunity.

Visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org/Volunteer to sign up for an opportunity during National Volunteer Week and check out the many ongoing volunteer needs listed as part of the COVID-19 response.

Volunteer opportunities throughout National Volunteer Week that you can safely do from home or in-person include:

  • Book drives for local children
  • Card drives for local seniors
  • Packing lunch bags at Greensboro Urban Ministry
  • Sorting bread and produce at Out of the Garden Project
  • Packing bags and sorting donations at BackPack Beginnings

“United Way is so thankful for the children, families and local organizations that sacrifice their time and talents in so many ways. Our community always needs volunteers and National Volunteer Week is a great way to highlight a few local opportunities. We encourage everyone to volunteer this week, and stay connected throughout the year,” said Michael Cottingham, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way of Greater Greensboro.

In addition to listed opportunities, United Way and the Volunteer Center encourage everyone to create their own safe and meaningful volunteer experience, share it on social media and tag United Way of Greater Greensboro.

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. 

Greensboro Virus Relief Taskforce Grants Over $344,000 to 18 Local Nonprofits Helping People Impacted by Coronavirus

To-Date, Over $1.3 Million Granted to 58 Local Nonprofits Helping Thousands of People, Taskforce Wants to Raise an Additional $2 Million to support Relief Efforts

Greensboro, NC (April 17, 2020) – The Greensboro Virus Relief Taskforce is pleased to announce $344,925 has been granted to 18 local nonprofits providing services to people impacted by the Coronavirus. Over the past three weeks, the Taskforce has granted a total of $1,345,138 to 58 local nonprofits helping thousands of individuals and families.

The funds were allocated from the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund which was established by United Way of Greater Greensboro, City of Greensboro and Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

The taskforce would like to raise an additional $2 million to continue rapidly supporting community members during the pandemic.

Members of the Taskforce are urging the community to continue to give. To make a donation to the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund, click here or text the word “Virus” to 40403.

The Taskforce is co-chaired by Larry Davis, Assistant City Manager, and Frank McCain, Vice President, Community Impact and Investment, United Way and comprised of leaders from Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Guilford County and leaders representing six priority areas.

The Taskforce is accepting funding requests from 501 (c)(3) organizations helping people impacted by the Coronavirus. For more on funding requirements and how to apply, visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org/virus.

The latest round of funding was granted to the following nonprofits addressing the following priority areas:

Business Disruptions

  • B Natural Academy: $13,000
  • Community Housing Solutions: $34,850
  • Elon University School of Law: $25,313
  • Gate City Legal Services: $25,055
  • HORSEPOWER: $5,275

Employment

  • Church World Service : $21,250
  • Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc.: $13,739
  • The Arc of Greensboro: $23,400 

Food Insecurities

  • A Simple Gesture: $18,000
  • Black Child Development Institute: $7,500
  • Montagnard Dega Association: $9,775
  • The Volunteer Center of the Triad: $15,000

Housing Vulnerabilities

  • Ford Inc.: $3,250
  • Greensboro Housing Coalition: $63,750
  • Piedmont Health Services & Sickle Cell Agency: $14,840
  • Tiny House Community Development: $13,000 

Healthcare Access

  • Guilford Community Care Network: $28,000
  • LifeSpan Inc.: $9,928 

Weekly Donor Thank You

The Taskforce is grateful for gifts of all sizes and every donor is contacted personally to acknowledge their support. Additionally, the Taskforce would like to acknowledge the following organizations for their extremely generous support this week.

  • Crescent Rotary: $26,320
  • Greensboro Women to Women Endowment Fund – an initiative of Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro: $75,000
  • The P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation: $5,000


Virus Relief Taskforce Grants Over $1 Million to Local Nonprofits

Taskforce Thanks Community for Virus Relief Fund Donations, Requests Additional Support


Greensboro, NC (April 10, 2020) –Over the past two weeks, The Greensboro Virus Relief Taskforce has granted over $1 million to 40 local nonprofits helping thousands of individuals and families impacted by the Coronavirus. The taskforce would like to raise an additional $2 million to continue rapidly supporting community members during the pandemic. 

This week, $542,857 was granted to 24 local nonprofits and last week $457,356 was granted to 16 nonprofits.

The funds were allocated from the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund which was established by United Way of Greater Greensboro, City of Greensboro and Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

The Taskforce is co-chaired by Larry Davis, Assistant City Manager, and Frank McCain, Vice President, Community Impact and Investment, United Way and comprised of leaders from Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Guilford County and leaders representing six priority areas.

To date, the community has donated over $1 million to the fund, and members of the Taskforce are urging the community to continue to give. To make a donation to the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund, click here, or text the word “Virus” to 40403.

The Taskforce is accepting funding requests from 501 (c)(3) organizations helping people impacted by the Coronavirus. For more on funding requirements and how to apply, click here.

“Reaching the $1 million giving level in such a short period of time speaks volumes about the caring capacity of this community,” said Assistant City Manager Larry Davis. 

“United Way has always and will always be here to bring resources together to meet the needs of people. This taskforce is working to ensure Greensboro has a resilient future. We ask residents to stay safe. We thank everyone for volunteering, showing compassion and giving to a good cause. The future is brighter when we LIVE UNITED,” said Michelle Gethers-Clark, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Greensboro.

“The resilience of our community’s nonprofits is clearly demonstrated in the brave and caring ways they are adapting to our new reality,” said Tara McKenzie Sandercock, Senior Vice-President, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

The latest round of funding was granted to the following nonprofits to address the following priority areas:

Business Disruptions

Business Disruptions

  • Seawell’s Creative Daycare: $6,500
  • Magnolia House Foundation: $14,100
  • The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship: $28,000
  • Freedom House: $36,000
  • Piedmont Business Capital: $85,195

Education

  • Greensboro Children’s Museum: $15,960
  • 1-2-1 Mentoring: $8,000
  • Guilford Education Alliance Laptops for Student Initiative: $100,000

Employment

  • Greensboro Mutual Aid Fund (YWCA Greensboro fiscal agent): $52,163
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont: $3,250
  • Siembra NC: $39,484

Food Insecurities

  • Wells Memorial Church of God In Christ: $5,000
  • Triad Health Project: $17,500
  • Peace of HOPE Foundation: $12,813
  • Neighborhood Markets: $15,754
  • Out of the Garden Project: $26,600
  • Lutheran Church of Our Father: $750
  • Family Support Network of Central Carolina: $2,650

Housing Vulnerabilities

  • UNC Greensboro Center for New North Carolinians & Center for Housing & Community Studies: $37,344

Healthcare Access

  • Wheels 4 Hope: $1,750
  • Kellin Foundation: $16,590
  • Mental Health Greensboro: $8,000
  • Mustard Seed Community Health: $4,615
  • Family Service of the Piedmont: $4,800

Special Thank You

The Taskforce is extremely grateful for all gifts and would like to acknowledge the following corporations and individuals for their generous support.

  • United Way of Greater Greensboro Emergency Reserve Fund: $500,000
  • Community Foundation Greater Greensboro Emergency Response Fund: $185,475
  • Truist Foundation: $120,000
  • Bank of America: $100,000
  • ITG Brands: $50,000
  • Louis DeJoy and Aldona Wos Family Foundation: $50,000
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers: $30,000
  • Wells Fargo: $30,000
  • Charlotte Hornets Foundation: $25,000
  • Columbia Foundation: $15,000
  • Syngenta: $15,000
  • Barbara Cone: $10,000
  • Rene and Tom Cone: $10,000
  • Kathy Manning and Randall Kaplan: $10,000
  • Morrisette Paper Company: $10,000
  • Glaser Family: $10,000
  • Weaver Foundation: $5,750
  • Summit Rotary Foundation: $5,000

UNITED Yesterday, Today and Always

Thanks to the generous support of donors and volunteers, United Way’s commitment to bringing our community together is strong – yesterday, today and always. United Way’s work of ENDing poverty is critical as we pull together to help people impacted by the Coronavirus.


WHAT UNITED WAY IS DOING:

WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Donate to the Virus Relief Fund by texting the word “Virus” to 40403, or by clicking here to donate online.
  • Volunteer to help others in the community. There are in-person and at-home opportunities available organized by The Volunteer Center of the Triad. Click here to learn more.
  • We could all use a little positivity! If you or someone you know is making a difference or spreading hope in our community, take a photo and e-mail it with a brief description to Lauren.Forbis@unitedwaygso.org so it can be shared on social media.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU:

  • United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline provides callers with information and referrals to local resources such as food, financial assistance and other basic needs. Dial 2-1-1 or visit www.nc211.org.
  • Text COVIDNC to 898211 to sign up for North Carolina’s COVID-19 updates.

United Way of Greater Greensboro Gives $500,000 to Virus Relief, Funding Requests Being Accepted by Community Taskforce

United Way Urges Community to Match its $500,000 Gift

Greensboro, NC (March 26, 2020) –The United Way of Greater Greensboro Board of Directors unanimously voted and authorized a contribution of $500,000 to the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund. The contribution is being made from United Way’s emergency reserve fund to support those impacted by the Coronavirus and the organization is urging the community to match its efforts.

United Way and City of Greensboro created the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund last week. To-date, the community has donated over $83,000 to the fund, bringing its current total to over $583,000. To make a donation, click here, or text the word “Virus” to 40403.

In addition to the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro activated its Emergency Response Fund last week and has raised $150,000 to support local needs and is coordinating with the United Way and City of Greensboro’s Virus Relief Taskforce on response efforts.

“This is one of the most difficult times our community has ever faced. The children and families United Way serves through its mission of ending poverty were already facing tremendous challenges, and now they are dealing with the significant and rippling effects of the Coronavirus disaster. The community needs us to step up and I’m proud to say United Way is contributing $500,000 to the local Virus Relief Fund,” said Kim Gatling, Chair, United Way Board of Directors.

As a board member and chair of United Way’s annual campaign, local business owner Bill Morrisette is asking the local business community to support the virus relief fund. “For years, Morrisette has supported United Way because it brings our community together, especially during times of crisis. Now, more than ever, we need our business community to come together to support the thousands of local people impacted by the virus. As a business owner, I understand what many local businesses and their employees are facing and I know we will get through this by helping one another,” said Morrisette. 

“We are One Greensboro from caring children giving their pennies to generous families donating in times of uncertainty, as well as, corporations able to donate thousands of dollars.  Greensboro community has a strong history of supporting one another. We are asking everyone in our community to consider making a donation to help the thousands of people in our community impacted by the Coronavirus,” said Michelle Gethers-Clark, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Virus Relief Taskforce

Leaders from United Way of Greater Greensboro and the City of Greensboro have formed a Virus Relief Taskforce to begin reviewing and approving funding applications from local nonprofits that are providing services to children, families, seniors, homeless and small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus. 

The Taskforce is being co-chaired by Larry Davis, Assistant City Manager and Frank McCain, Vice President, Community Impact and Investment, United Way. The taskforce is also comprised of leaders from Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Guilford County and community leaders representing six priority areas.

Priority areas represent:

  • Food insecurities, such as homebound seniors and families with children
  • Education interruptions, such as children in early Head-Start through postsecondary 
  • Employment reductions, such as reduced hours, layoffs and furlough
  • Housing vulnerabilities, such as rental assistance and shelters for homeless
  • Medical access, such as transportation or those in need of homebound supports
  • Business disruption, such as resources for the small business community.

Virus Relief Funding Application Process 

Applications and instructions for Virus Relief funding are available here and can be submitted via email to communityinvestment@unitedwaygso.org. All applicants will receive an automatic confirmation of submission after completing the application. The Virus Relief Taskforce will review and make approvals weekly starting April 2, 2020. Applications received prior to 1 p.m on Mondays will be reviewed that week. Applications received after 1 p.m, on Mondays will be reviewed the following week.

The Virus Relief Taskforce has developed a process that ensures ease and accountability while making funds quickly available to stabilize community members impacted by the virus. The Taskforce will meet virtually on a weekly basis to review and discuss applications and approve grants.  

Organizations that are selected to receive funding will be required to report use of funds. A reporting template and technical assistance will be provided with the award.

What Organizations May Apply 

The applying agency must be a local 501 (c)(3) organization providing services aligned with the priority areas to individuals directly impacted by the Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Relief Fund

United Way of Greater Greensboro and City of Greensboro Launch Coronavirus Relief Fund 

Greensboro, NC (March 16, 2020) – United Way of Greater Greensboro and the City of Greensboro are supporting residents impacted by the Coronavirus, by establishing the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund.

The Greensboro Virus Relief Fund is accepting donations to support local children and families impacted by the virus. United Way and the City will coordinate with local nonprofits to determine ongoing needs and fund distribution. 

“In these unprecedented times, working hand-in-hand with local leaders to share information and coordinate resources is critical in serving children and families impacted by the Coronavirus. United Way and city officials are dedicated to working together to pull our community through this,” said Michelle Gethers-Clark, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Greensboro.  

Anyone interested in making a donation to the fund can text the word “Virus” to 40403, or visit click here to donate online.

“Greensboro has proven time and again to be a caring community. This is an opportunity to fill voids for some of our most vulnerable residents, during these challenging and unprecedented times. Let’s demonstrate our One Greensboro spirit by giving to the relief fund,” said Mayor Nancy Vaughan.

Areas of anticipated need include:
Food insecurities, such as homebound seniors and families with children;
Education interruptions, such as children in early Head-Start through postsecondary;
Employment reductions, such as reduced hours, layoffs and furlough;
Housing vulnerabilities, such as rental assistance and shelters for homeless;
Medical access, such as transportation or those in need of homebound supports;
Business disruption, such as resources for small business community.

North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 hotline (866-462-3821) will answer questions/concerns about Coronavirus.

NC 2-1-1, a free statewide United Way-funded hotline gives callers access to resources, such as food, financial assistance, and other basic needs. This confidential service is available in many languages 24/7, 365 days a year. Dial 2-1-1or visit www.nc211.org.

The Volunteer Center of the Triad will organize and mobilize local nonprofit volunteer needs and requests. For more information, visit www.VolunteerCenterTriad.org

Nonprofits with programming in place or new services to support people impacted by the virus, should provide NC 2-1-1 with that information. This way 2-1-1 can direct people to the agencies best suited to assist them.

City Manager’s Mentoring Initiative on Target

Greensboro, NC (March 6, 2020) – City Manager David Parrish is pleased to announce 100 Males Mentoring is on track to achieve its goal of pairing 100 local boys with 100 male mentors, in 100 days. Parrish’s collaborative effort between the City of Greensboro and United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Mentoring Matters Initiative launched on January 16.

The midway point of Parrish’s call to action, shows more than 50 men have answered the call to mentor.

“I am thrilled by the number of men who are investing in our youth. With just under 50 days left in this campaign, I am confident we will exceed the goal,” said City Manager David Parrish.

100 Males Mentoring aims to increase the number of male mentors and improve the lives of young men most impacted by violent crime.

Research shows mentors can play a powerful role in providing youth with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and excel in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior, such as gang activity or drug use.

“There are children right here in Greensboro waiting for you to listen to them, share meaningful experiences with them, and to simply befriend them. Men in our community can change lives by becoming a mentor,” said Michelle Gethers-Clark, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro.

To sign up to mentor, visit unitedwaygso.org/mentoring-matters.

United Way Seeks Public Input in Community Survey

Greensboro, NC (March 2, 2020) – Residents of greater Greensboro are invited to provide critical input about local social issues through a community survey being conducted by United Way of Greater Greensboro. 

Beginning today and ending Friday, March 13, an online community survey is open to the public. Visit www.unitedwaygso.org/survey and click on the link to complete the short survey about needs and issues facing local residents, as well as how United Way of Greater Greensboro can better address these needs and issues. 

“For 98 years, United Way has depended on the voice of our community to guide our work. We are once again seeking that collective voice with this survey. Our goal of ending local poverty requires input from all walks in life. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey and pass the link along to ask friends and family members to take the survey,” said Michelle Gethers-Clark, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro.

To ensure confidentiality, Perspectives Consulting Group will be collecting and tabulating all results and we want your honest feedback.

City of Greensboro and United Way Launch Annual Plus One Campaign

​Greensboro, NC (February 28, 2020) – The City of Greensboro and United Way of Greater Greensboro are pleased invite local businesses and youth to participate in this year’s annual Plus One summer employment campaign. Plus One seeks to create and identify summer employment opportunities for greater Greensboro youth ages 16-24.

In 2019, 17 employers hired 57 greater Greensboro youth for summer employment. The City of Greensboro and United Way are expanding the campaign to engage more employers and youth this year.

“Supporting Plus One helps to develop the next generation of our local workforce and economy. We want this campaign to surpass last year’s numbers. When employers partner with us it helps youth to discover employment opportunities, experiential learning, and invaluable job skills,” said Mayor Nancy Vaughan.

Greater Greensboro youth ages 16-24 are invited to attend a hiring event on April 7, 2020, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Lindley Community Recreation Center (2907 Springwood Drive, Greensboro). Attendees must register by Friday, April 3, 2020, at unitedwaygso.org/plusone.

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.

“As an adolescent, I could not wait until I was old enough to get my workers permit so that I could work during the summer. I looked forward to buying my own clothes, going to the movies, skating rink and most of all having my own bank account. What I know now, is that my early work experiences provided me with a level of independence and pride that has been integral to my development into my adulthood. I am excited that we are calling on our community to join this Campaign to be a champion for youth in greater Greensboro,” said Traci McLemore, Senior Manager of Community Impact Initiatives at United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Employers are encouraged to join the support the Plus One campaign by adding at least one youth employment opportunity to their workforce this summer. Employers may submit summer job opportunities now through March 31, 2020.

Plus One employers will agree to the following requirements:

  • Hire a young person between ages of 16-24
  • Provide a wage of at least $8.00
  • Offer at least 20 hours/week
  • Position duration: at least 8-10 weeks (starting and ending on or about June thru August)

Employers are asked to submit their Plus One Summer Youth Employment Opportunity online using the Employer Form at unitedwaygso.org/plusone. Employers can also call United Way and request to be registered under the Plus One initiative.

Plus One youth employment opportunities for greater Greensboro youth will be posted on the United Way website and promoted throughout the community to reach youth most in need of meaningful summer work experiences. The website will list the company/business name; listing of positions with job descriptions; preferred skills; and contact information.