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:

Signature
VF Corporation

Gold
American National Bank & Trust Company
Cone Health
Mae Douglas

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

Bronze
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

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

United Way of Greater Greensboro Draws 5th Car Giveaway Semi-Finalist

Greensboro, NC (February 7, 2019) – Giving has its perks! Larry Moehlman of ITG Brands (pictured second from right) was randomly selected to be the fifth of six semi-finalists who will have a chance to win a 2019 Toyota Camry.

In case you haven’t heard, anyone who makes a gift during the 2018 annual campaign of $100+ that supports our work to end poverty (and provides a personal email) qualifies for the giveaway.

All six semi-finalists will gather at Rice Toyota and one lucky winner will drive away with a brand new car.

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

United Way of Greater Greensboro Draws 4th Car Giveaway Semi-Finalist

Greensboro, NC (January 31, 2019) – Giving has its perks! Kimberly Sharman of Syngenta was randomly selected to be the fourth of six semi-finalists who will have a chance to win a 2019 Toyota Camry.

In case you haven’t heard, anyone who makes a gift during the 2018 annual campaign of $100+ that supports our work to end poverty (and provides a personal email) qualifies for the giveaway.

All six semi-finalists will gather at Rice Toyota in 2019 and one lucky winner will drive away with a brand new car.

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

Open House Celebrating United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Second Family Success Center with Lead Partner, The Salvation Army

Greensboro, NC (January 18, 2019) – United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG) and The Salvation Army of Greensboro are pleased to invite the public to an open house celebrating UWGG’s Family Success Center located at the The Salvation Army of Greensboro Center of Hope on Monday, February 4, 2019.

The program will begin at 11 a.m. and tours will begin at 11:30 a.m. Scheduled speakers include UWGG president and CEO Michelle Gethers-Clark, Captain of The Salvation Army Greensboro Command Matt Hedgren, The Salvation Army of Greensboro Center of Hope Executive Director Jackie Lucas and Family Success Center staff members.

United Way expanded its Integrated Service Delivery approach to ending local poverty by partnering with The Salvation Army of Greensboro to open this second Family Success Center (FSC) in 2018.

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

The Salvation Army was selected as the lead partner through a competitive application process led by a Volunteer Review Committee.

FSC at Center of Hope Highlights:

  • Members will have access to high-quality after-school and summer childcare at The Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club at 1001 Freeman Mill Road. Transportation between the two locations will be provided.
  • Infant and toddler care will be provided on-site at the Center of Hope
  • The second FSC will feature expanded hours (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Members will have access to on-site professional mental health services

UWGG’s FSC model has proven to be effective and has been recognized locally and internationally as a best practice for empowering families to become self-sufficient.

United Way’s first FSC was established in 2015 with lead partner, Guilford Child Development, and will continue to be supported by over 30 community-based partners. To-date, the first FSC has helped over 200 families, representing over 600 adults and children on their journeys toward self-sufficiency.

Since launching, FSC members have achieved significant 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

RSVPs are being collected here.

College Students Invited to Apply for United Way’s Free, Local Alternative Spring Break Program

Greensboro, NC (January 15, 2019) – United Way of Greater Greensboro is seeking college students to participate in a free, local Alternative Spring Break, March 4 – 8, 2019 from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m daily.

Interested students must complete a short application by February 15, by visiting www.UnitedWayGSO.org/SpringBreak. In its second year, this program is again offered at no cost to students.

This exclusive opportunity is open to only 12 local college students who will be chosen through the application process to have hands-on volunteer experiences and “behind the scenes” visits to awesome Greensboro businesses and attractions.

Volunteer activities include preparing a location and pouring a concrete slab 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.

Behind the scenes locations include Kau, Center for Creative Leadership, HQ Greensboro, International Civil Rights Museum, and the City of Greensboro.

Lunch and breakfast snacks 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 along with lunch and breakfast snacks.

Mentoring Matters – Part 2 of 2: Craig’s Story

Part two of a two part mentoring story – click here to read Markell’s story.

When Craig attended United Way’s Breakfast with Community Leaders hosted by African American Leadership in 2017, he was inspired to action.

“When I learned about the group’s mentoring initiative and all it was accomplishing, I knew I had to be part of it,” said Craig.

United Way’s African American Mentoring Initiative (AAMI) is focused on improving the emotional and social well-being of African-American and other boys at Wiley Elementary, Jackson Middle and Smith High Schools.

Last year, Craig was paired with Markell, a second grader at Wiley Elementary. According to both of them, the past 12 months have been more than what they could have imagined.

“I can’t say enough about Markell. He is eager, bright, and engaging,” said Craig.

Craig visits Markell in the classroom on a weekly basis and sometimes they even get together to have fun and educational experiences outside of the classroom.

Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic and professional situations.

According to the National Mentoring Partnership, many mentors say that the rewards they gain are as substantial as those for their mentees, and that mentoring has enabled them to:

  • Have fun
  • Achieve personal growth and learn more about themselves
  • Improve their self-esteem and feel they are making a difference
  • Gain a better understanding of other cultures and develop a greater appreciation for diversity
  • Feel more productive and have a better attitude at work
  • Enhance their relationships with their own children

As a professor who teaches adult students who are seeking to become school administrators, Craig says, “I learn a lot from Markell. The experience of mentoring him helps inform and improve my professional practice of preparing principals,” said Craig.

Markell and Craig are one example of the how mentoring truly matters. Right now, there are children in our community waiting for someone like you to listen, guide and share your life experience with them. Click here to learn more about how to become a mentor.