United Way Young Leaders hosting Brunch & Bubbles Featuring Live Music by J. Timber

Greensboro, NC (April 12, 2019) – United Way of Greater Greensboro’s 2nd annual Brunch & Bubbles hosted by Young Leaders will now feature live music by Greensboro legend J. Timber.

Timber—who has a mural of himself in downtown Greensboro—will be performing at the event. Known for his soulful voice and heart for life, J. Timber ‘s mix of pop, rock and soul will entertain and delight event attendees.

“I have dreams to touch the world and leave a real impact, but I can’t claim to be a part of the world if I don’t start with my own community. I’m grateful to work with United Way to help end poverty locally in Greensboro. Music brings people together and I can’t wait to share my gift of music for this important cause,” said J. Timber.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m. to 1 pm. at the Revolution Mill Color Works Meeting Space.

Over 100 people are expected to attend event, which features mimosas, craft beer, shrimp and grits, gourmet waffles and more.

Attendees will enjoy bingo with the opportunity to win awesome prizes, Jenga and corn hole while making new connections with caring community professionals.

The event is sponsored by Cone Health, ITG Brands, Lincoln Financial, Pepper Moon Catering, Revolution Mill, Proctor & Gamble, Concrete Express, Arch Mortgage and the Ashby Family.

Tickets are on sale now at unitedwaygso.org/brunch.

Proceeds of this event will support United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Family Success Centers. The 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 their unique needs.

United Way of Greater Greensboro Giving Away New Car at Rice Toyota on April 7

Greensboro, NC (April 3, 2019) – Giving has its perks! As part of United Way of Greater Greensboro’s 2018 campaign, six donors were randomly selected as semi-finalists for a chance to win a 2019 Toyota Camry.

On Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m., all six semi-finalists will attend the final drawing at Rice Toyota, 2630 Battleground Ave, Greensboro and one of them will drive away with a 2019 Toyota Camry.

“We’re so excited about supporting United Way of Greater Greensboro and their goal of ending poverty in our community. At Rice Toyota, we treat you right and we’re looking forward seeing someone drive away with a smile on their face,” said Garson Rice, Dealer Principal of Rice Toyota.

Semi-finalists include:

  • Mary Dunning of American National Bank & Trust Co.
  • Ericka Henderson of Cone Health
  • Esther Ngo of Youth Focus’ Act Together Crisis Care
  • Kimberly Sharman of Syngenta
  • Larry Moehlman of ITG Brands
  • Jalon “Jay” Best, UPS

“The car giveaway generated tremendous buzz, awareness and support of our efforts to end local poverty. Thank you to everyone who supported this work. We’re so excited to see who drives away in a brand new car!” said Nadine Malpass, Senior Vice President of Resource Development.

Anyone who made a gift during the 2018 annual campaign (3/16/18 to 2/28/19) of $100+ that supported United Way’s work to end poverty (and provided a personal email) qualified for the giveaway.

For all of the rules and regulations, visit www.unitedwaygso.org/car.

United Way Offers GSO College Students Impactful Alternative Spring Break

For the second year in a row, United Way of Greater Greensboro provided a free, local alternative spring break to college students.

10 students from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina A&T State University and Guilford Technical Community College were selected from a competitive application process to participate in the week.

Each day, students made a local impact through a volunteer service project in the morning and had “behind the scenes” visits to Greensboro businesses and attractions in the afternoon.

Volunteer activities included preparing a location for a bus shelter, sorting donations at BackPack Beginnings and The Salvation Army Thrift Store and canvasing downtown Greensboro for United Way’s 2-1-1 referral and information line.

Students met with leaders at local businesses and attractions including:

  • Carla Banks and the communications team of The City of Greensboro
  • Nick Piornack or Revolution Mill
  • Kayne Fisher of Kau
  • Andy Zimmerman of AZ Development and HQ Greensboro
  • Jennie Savage of Forge Greensboro
  • Maddie Lombardo-Space and Courtney Gentry of the Center for Creative Leadership
  • Cassandra Williams of the International Civil Rights Museum

Breakfast and lunch were provided daily by The Fresh Market, Papa John’s, Kau, Chick-fil-A, Center for Creative Leadership and Subway.

To view a slideshow of event photos, click the video below.

Ben & Jerry’s Partners with United Way for Free Cone Day April 9

Greensboro, NC (April 1, 2019) – Ben & Jerry’s Friendly Center is partnering with United Way of Greater Greensboro for the fourth year in a row to celebrate “Free Cone Day” on Tuesday, April 9, 12 to 8 p.m.

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 and music.

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 support United Way’s efforts to end poverty in Greensboro.

United Way Promotes Volunteerism During National Volunteer Week, April 8-12

Greensboro, NC (March 28, 2019) – United Way of Greater Greensboro, in partnership with The Volunteer Center of Greensboro and local community organizations, is promoting volunteerism this National Volunteer Week, April 8-12, 2019. All are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get involved.

Visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org/Volunteer to sign up. Opportunities are available for both individuals and groups. Multiple shifts are available.

Volunteer opportunities throughout the week include:

  • Hosting book drives for United Way’s Family Success Centers
  • Sorting donations at The Salvation Army of Greensboro Family Store & Donation Center
  • Making meals & serving residents at The Servant Center
  • Organizing donations at the Interactive Resource Center
  • Sorting bread at Out of the Garden Project
  • Hosting card drives for Senior Resources of Guilford’s Evergreens Lifestyle Center
  • Packing food bags and sorting donations at BackPack Beginnings

“Volunteers are at the core of everything United Way does. We are so grateful for their selfless efforts to make our community a better place for everyone. United Way is proud to support National Volunteer Week by connecting people with great local organizations that are doing wonderful things to help others,” said Michael Cottingham, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at 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.

Beloved Hollywood Actor Ernie Hudson to be Keynote Speaker at United Way’s Community Speakers Series

Greensboro, NC (March 19, 2019) – United Way of Greater Greensboro is welcoming Erine Hudson, one of the most sought-after actors of our time, as this year’s keynote for the 2019 Community Speaker Series at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center on Monday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hudson has an impressive, diverse body of work including Ghostbusters 1 and 2, Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, HBO’s award-winning series Oz, the acclaimed movie The Crow, Miss Congeniality 1 and 2, and currently, is the lead character in The Family Business which airs on BET Networks.

At United Way’s event, Hudson will share his amazing personal story of overcoming odds and adversity.

Born into poverty in the housing projects of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Hudson grew up during a time where civil rights had a long road ahead. Odds were more in favor of Hudson spending a life in prison than experiencing a successful career in Hollywood.

The wisdom Hudson gained before his Hollywood days allows him to relate to struggling individuals and communities. He understands the challenges of overcoming seemingly insurmountable problems and inspires others to always persevere.

Ernie will share the secrets of how to get out of the box of limitation and land dream roles, not just on the stage or screen, but roles important to everyday life.

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 African American Leadership is hosting this year’s event. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at www.UnitedWayGSO.org/SpeakerSeries.

Event sponsors include:

VF Corporation

American National Bank & Trust Company
Cone Health
Mae Douglas

Greensboro Housing Authority
Honda Aircraft Company
ITG Brands
Lincoln Financial Group
Wells Fargo

Heather & Ty Bilderback
Black Business Inc
Cone Health Foundation
First Citizens Bank
Fox Rothschild LLP
Peggy Glaser / Diane Roe
Greensboro Medical Society
Guilford Technical Community College
Heat Transfer Sales
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Joy Shavitz
The Community Foundation of Community College
Triad Financial Advisers
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Well Spring Solutions: A Life Plan Community
Zuraw Financial Advisors

Youth Mentors
Bank of America Merrill Lunch
Buck Campbell
Ivan Godette
Morgan Love / Jane Trevey
Lovelle and Alan Overby
Susan Wiseman

In Kind
Koury Corporation
On Site Audio Visual
The Fresh Market

United Way Young Leaders hosting Brunch & Bubbles

Greensboro, NC (March 14, 2019) – United Way of Greater Greensboro’s 2nd annual Brunch & Bubbles hosted by Young Leaders is on Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m. to 1 pm. at the Revolution Mill Color Works Meeting Space.

Over 100 people will attend the event, which features mimosas, shrimp and grits, gourmet waffles and more by Pepper Moon Catering.

Attendees will enjoy bingo with the opportunity to win prizes, Jenga and corn hole while making new connections with caring community professionals.

The event is sponsored by Concrete Express, Lincoln Financial, Pepper Moon Catering and Proctor & Gamble.

Tickets are on sale now at unitedwaygso.org/brunch. Additional sponsorships are available.

Proceeds of this event will support United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Family Success Centers. The 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 their unique needs.

City of Greensboro and United Way Launch ‘Plus 1 Campaign’ Greensboro Youth Employment Mentoring Initiative

Greensboro, NC (February 26, 2019) – Employers throughout the Greensboro community are encouraged to support the ‘Plus 1 Campaign’, an initiative of the Greensboro Youth Employment Mentoring GYEM.

This campaign requires employers to commit to add at least one “summer youth employment opportunity” to their workforce this summer. Employers may submit summer job opportunities now through March 31, 2019.

“Plus 1” Employers 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 7 – 8 weeks (starting and ending on or about June thru August)

Upon accepting the invitation to participate in “Plus 1”, employers are asked to submit their “Plus 1” Summer Youth Employment Opportunity online: www.unitedwaygso.org/plusone or call 336-378-6616 and request to be registered under the “Plus 1” campaign.

“Plus 1” Summer Opportunities will be posted on the United Way website and promoted throughout Greater Greensboro and social media 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.

Six United Way Partners Receive Statewide Spirit Awards 

Greensboro, NC (February 15, 2019) – 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 13. Guilford County Government was additionally honored with a Best Practice Showcase award.

On a yearly basis, United Way of North Carolina recognizes organizations who have succeeded in raising funds to support their community and have dedicated themselves to being part of the long-term solution to build stronger communities. Judges from across North Carolina reviewed more than 50 applications.

Leading beyond the traditional fundraising campaign, these winners created opportunities to educate employees on community needs, led by those at the top of the organizational chart; motivated campaign participants to give by exposing them to real stories of need; and provided volunteer opportunities so that donors could offer their knowledge and their hands to serve their community.

Local Spirit of NC Award winners include:

  • Alamance Elementary School
  • Guilford County Schools
  • Center for Creative Leadership
  • Guilford County Government
  • Guilford County Human Resources Department
  • Proctor & Gamble Manufacturing Company

“This year’s winners made their campaigns both fun and engaging while also focusing on communicating the message of United Way’s work so employees truly understand how they make an impact in our community through their gifts. We are grateful for their partnership and all they do for greater Greensboro,” said Julia Thomas, Campaign Director, United Way of Greater Greensboro.

UWNC also honored Guilford County Government with the Best Practice Showcase award. Guilford County Government was selected to present best practices and highlight their strategies which led to greater engagement, increased philanthropic culture, and larger monetary success during their campaign.

Best Practices Showcase:

  • Guilford County Government

Karen Fishel, Guilford County Director of Human Resources, accepted the award with the campaign team on behalf of all Guilford County employees.

“While there is a level of expectation of public service employees to serve the citizens of their community as defined by their job description, what elevates Guilford County employees is their sincere calling to serve above and beyond the expectation. Our United Way participation is but one example of the generosity and true servant hearts of our employees. I am immensely proud of their commitment to this worthy partnership and their contribution to positively impacting the lives of the citizens of Guilford County,” she said.

Winners were determined by a panel of 24 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 unitedwaync.org/spirit-north-carolina-award-winners.

United Way Opens Second Family Success Center

Thanks to your support, our movement to END poverty is growing!

United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG) made history on Monday, February 4, by opening its second Family Success Center (FSC). The center will operate at The Salvation Army of Greensboro Center of Hope.

The FSC model addresses the needs of families living on low incomes by offering bundled services in one accessible location that are tailored to meet their unique needs. Services focused on employment, education, financial capability, health and wellness and basic needs are provided through collaboration.

Speakers included City of Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan, UWGG President and CEO Michelle Gethers-Clark, Captain of The Salvation Army Greensboro Command Matt Hedgren and The Salvation Army of Greensboro Center of Hope Executive Director Jackie Lucas.

“Everyone is going to get their ladder to success, to get them to the place that allows them to be prosperous on their terms, that allows every child, every mother, every father, every grandma, every grandpa to see their family become upwardly mobile,” said Michelle Gethers-Clark.

Attendees toured the facility and heard directly from Family Success Center staff who are already serving new members!

“We know that we have an issue when it comes to poverty and we have the guts to look at it head on and say ‘we can fix this’. We know that we’ve got the community partners in this city that can come together and work with families,” said Mayor of Greensboro Nancy Vaughan.

UWGG’s Family Success Center model is a proven integrated service delivery approach that has been recognized regionally, nationally and even at a worldwide level. UWGG intends to open at least two additional Family Success Centers in the coming years.

With the support of the board of directors, more than 30 community partners, foundations and donors, United Way of Greater Greensboro’s first Family Success Center was opened at Guilford Child Development in 2015.

Significant Family Success Center Milestones:

  • 278 adults completed job readiness classes
  • 117 achieved employment
  • 33 earned a GED (41 currently working to earn a GED)
  • 15 enrolled in college
  • 135 completed financial capability classes