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.

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.”

United Way Welcomes New Board Members

Greensboro, NC (June 14, 2019) – On June 12, at its annual meeting, United Way of Greater Greensboro announced new Board and Campaign Chairs and donors voted unanimously to welcome five new members to its board of directors.

New board members include:

  • Claudia Cannady, Community Leader
  • Davida Martin, Community Leader
  • Bill Morrisette, Morrisette Paper Company
  • Nathan Myers, BB&T
  • Jamiah Waterman, City of Greensboro

The United Way of Greater Greensboro board of directors provides direction, support, guidance, and governance to the organization by engaging business leaders as committed volunteers and leveraging expertise to advance the work of United Way.

United Way of Greater Greensboro Announces Historic Milestone in Efforts to END Poverty

Greensboro, NC (June 7, 2019) – United Way is pleased to announce a historic milestone in its efforts toward ending poverty, as July will mark the first time all of United Way’s strategic partners have been selected through a new open funding process led by local volunteers.

Over the past four years, United Way phased in this new community impact model with the support of volunteer-led committees and strategic partners. In 2017, United Way adopted an open funding model which allows new and existing partners equal opportunity to apply for funding.

“We want to invest in programs and strategies that will yield the greatest return on investment for families with low income in greater Greensboro,” said Frank McCain, Vice President of Community Impact and Investments. “Our open funding model allows us to invest in innovative programs in a way that is responsive to our community’s changing needs all while remaining focused on ending poverty.”

All investment decisions are led by local volunteers who review grant applications and presentations by local nonprofits. Thanks to this approach, United Way has created a community-wide network of partners that provides a path to financial stability at any stage of life.

Moving forward, every year, local organizations will apply to join United Way of Greater Greensboro’s innovative network. And every year, local volunteers will select and fund partnerships that work together to END poverty. Grants are awarded on a two-year funding cycle and recipients must meet meaningful, data-driven goals to receive second year funding.

United Way is also working toward ending poverty at our Family Success Centers, where children and adults are receiving coordinated services in one location. Additionally, when someone in need dials 2-1-1, United Way is ending poverty by connecting them to an operator who offers local services that help.

This new holistic approach to ending poverty is working and United Way has the outcomes to prove it. Adults are becoming financially stable now and children have the proper foundations to be successful in the future.

United Way Day of Action Promotes Volunteerism in Greensboro

Greensboro, NC (May 2, 2019) – United Way of Greater Greensboro, in partnership with The Volunteer Center of Greensboro and local community organizations, is promoting volunteerism on United Way’s Day of Action, June 21.

On and around June 21, tens of thousands of people across the globe volunteer as part of United Way Worldwide’s Day of Action. Locally in Greensboro, all members of the community are encouraged to make a difference one volunteer hour at a time.

United Way’s Day of Action provides opportunities for volunteers, donors and advocates to be part of solutions that make a real difference in people’s lives.

Click here to sign up.

Volunteer opportunities throughout the week include:

  • Landscaping at the Interactive Resource Center
  • Gardening at The Servant Center
  • Serving lunch at Greensboro Urban Ministry
  • Sorting donations at Out of the Garden Project
  • Sorting donations at The Salvation Army of Greensboro Family Store & Donation Center
  • Sorting donations at Greensboro Urban Ministry

Opportunities are available for both individuals and groups.

Mona Edwards to be Awarded with Blount Lifetime Achievement Award at United Way Community Speaker Series, May 20

Greensboro, NC (April 25, 2019) – On May 20, during United Way of Greater Greensboro’s annual community speaker series, Mona Edwards will be honored with the Gwendolyn and Dr. Alvin V. Blount Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mona Edwards has dedicated her professional career and life to helping others achieve personal greatness.

Edwards is currently the founder and owner of LIFT Coaching and Consulting where she provides leadership development coaching to diverse leaders throughout the community. During her career, Edwards has served as Chief Operating Officer for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Vice President and Chief of Staff at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and has served as the Deputy/Assistant City Manager for the City of Greensboro.

Throughout her professional career, Edwards has volunteered her time and talents with many local non-profits and community organizations, including United Way where she has served as a member of the Board of Directors, has chaired United Way’s Community Investment Council and been a previous member of Women United. Currently, Mona serves on United Way’s Governance Committee and is a member of the African American Leadership Affinity Group.

She is a member of the Virginia State Bar (associate), Triad Coaching Connection, the Women’s Professional Forum, and is a graduate of Leadership Greensboro and Other Voices. Edwards is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and serves as Board Secretary.

She is a board member of the Piedmont Triad Chapter of The National Conference for Community and Justice, and currently chairs the Human Resources Committee.

More About the Blount Award:

In 2012, at a United Way Community Speaker Series, Dr. Blount received the inaugural Distinguished Service Lifetime Achievement Award. One year later, with the blessing of Dr. Blount and his family, the award was named The Gwendolyn and Dr. Alvin V. Blount Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award.

Every other year, when African American Leadership hosts United Way’s Community Speaker Series, the lifetime achievement award carries Dr. Blount’s name.

This award is given to someone who, like Dr. Blount, has demonstrated a lifetime of impact on our community.

Over the years, Lifetime Achievement Award recipients have included:

  • Tom and Linda Sloan
  • Preston Clark
  • David and Joann Grimes
  • James “Smitty” Smith
  • Royce and Jane Reynolds
  • Maya Angelou
  • Edward B. Fort
  • AND Dr. Alvin V. Blount, Jr.

More about this Year’s Community Speaker Series:

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.

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.