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.

Greensboro’s Virus Relief Taskforce Issues Over $457,000 in First Round Funding to Local Nonprofits

Taskforce Urges Community to Support Relief Fund, Asks Nonprofits to Apply for Funding

Greensboro, NC (April 2, 2020) –The United Way of Greater Greensboro and City of Greensboro Virus Relief Taskforce is pleased to announce $457,356 was awarded to 16 local nonprofits to help people impacted by the Coronavirus.

The funds were allocated from the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund which United Way created at the request of the City.

To-date, the community has donated $725,345 to the fund, which includes a $500,000 gift from United Way’s emergency reserve fund and $108,000 that the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro has raised to support the fund.

To make a donation to the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund, click here, or text the word “Virus” to 40403.

“Once again the Greensboro community has proven we have the capacity to care for one another. Collaborating with United Way has been a win-win scenario. As Co-Chair of the Virus Relief Taskforce, it has been encouraging to see how quickly these resources have been identified and distributed to agencies offering essential services in this critical time,” said Assistant City Manager Larry Davis. 

“Thanks to the tremendous support of our community, and the collaboration of caring community leaders, we are excited to release our first round of funding to local nonprofits that are helping people impacted by the Coronavirus. We continue to ask anyone who can make a donation to please support the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund so that we can continue to help our local neighbors who need our support,” said Frank McCain, Vice President, Community Impact & Investment, United Way of Greater Greensboro and Co-Chair of the Virus Relief Taskforce.

“Our community is known for coming together to help neighbors in need,” said Tara McKenzie Sandercock, SVP of Foundation and Community Relations at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and a member of the Virus Relief Task Force. “It’s wonderful that the community has been able to offer assistance so quickly.”

First round funding is being issued to:

Food Insecurities

  • Guilford Child Development: $25,500
  • BackPack Beginnings: $20,000
  • Christ United Methodist Church: $9,000
  • One Step Further: $11,000

Education

  • Jalloh’s Upright Services of NC: $11,250
  • Faith Action International: $22,500
  • Nehemiah Community Empowerment Center: $48,750

Housing

  • Greensboro Urban Ministry: $63,750
  • YWCA: $12,000
  • Servant Center: $4,500
  • Salvation Army of Greensboro: $99,000
  • IRC: $67,500

Employment

  • YMCA: $24,000

Business Disruptions

  • Creative Aging: $13,656
  • Arts Greensboro: $10,500
  • Adult Center for Enrichment DBA Well Spring: $14,450

Virus Relief Taskforce

Leaders from United Way of Greater Greensboro and the City of Greensboro formed a Virus Relief Taskforce that is reviewing and approving funding applications on a weekly basis 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 Nonprofit Funding Application Process 

Applications and instructions for Virus Relief funding are available at www.UnitedWayGSO.org. The Virus Relief Taskforce is meeting virtually to review applications and making funding approvals on a weekly basis.

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. 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.

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.

Postponed: Community Speaker Series

Postponed: United Way Community Speaker Series 
Featuring Misty Copeland

Greensboro, NC (March 12, 2020) – In light of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s state of emergency declaration and recommendations regarding large gatherings, we are postponing our Community Speaker Series featuring Misty Copeland which was scheduled for March 25, 2020.

A new date will be announced as soon as possible.

While we will greatly miss seeing our incredible community come together, we know this is the best decision for the wellbeing of all attendees. We look forward to hosting Misty Copeland later this year.

All ticket holders will have the opportunity to attend the rescheduled event. If you would like to be refunded for your ticket purchase, refunds will be made at the point of purchase.

Information on health precautions can be found at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus or by calling NC’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-462-3821.

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.

Three United Way Partners Receive Statewide Spirit Awards

Greensboro, NC (February 21, 2020) – Three local United Way of Greater Greensboro partners, Vandalia Elementary School, M.G. Newell Corporation, and Guilford County Schools were honored with Spirit of North Carolina Awards at United Way of North Carolina’s annual award luncheon on February 19.

“This year’s winners made their campaigns fun and engaging while focusing on communicating United Way’s goal of ending poverty. These companies and employees truly understand how their support makes an impact in our community. We are grateful for their partnership and all they do for greater Greensboro,” said Julia Thomas, Campaign Director, United Way of Greater Greensboro.

United Way of North Carolina also recognized BB&T now TRUIST for “Building a Better Future” and championing United Way’s efforts across multiple communities for many years. Guilford County Schools was additionally honored with a Best Practice Showcase award.

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.

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. A panel of 25 judges representing United Way organizations across North Carolina reviewed more than 40 nominations to select this year’s winners.

Misty Copeland Headlining United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Community Speaker Series March 25

Greensboro, NC (February 14, 2020) – United Way of Greater Greensboro is welcoming Misty Copeland, renowned star who made history as the first African American Female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, as this year’s featured speaker for the 2020 Community Speaker Series at Piedmont Hall on Wednesday, March 25. The media is invited to attend.

At the event, local WFMY News 2 Anchor, Taheshah Moise will lead Copeland through a question and answer format that will treat the audience to an intimate look into Copeland’s life experiences and passion for giving back.

Sponsorships are still available, and tickets are on sale and can be purchased at www.UnitedWayGSO.org/SpeakerSeries.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland began her ballet studies at the late age of thirteen. At fifteen, she won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards. Misty joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2000, joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001, and in August 2007 became the company’s second African American female Soloist and the first in two decades. In June 2015, Misty was promoted to principal dancer, making her the first African American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history.

Copeland has been featured in numerous publications and television programs, including CBS Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry, Vogue, Essence, Ebony, and People Magazine. She was honored with an induction into the Boys & Girls Club National Hall of Fame in May 2012 and received the “Breakthrough Award” from the Council of Urban Professionals in April 2012. She was named National Youth of the Year Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in June 2013. She received the Young, Gifted & Black honor at the 2013 Black Girls Rock! Awards.

Copeland’s passion is giving back. She has worked with many charitable organizations and is dedicated to giving of her time to work with and mentor young girls and boys. In 2014, President Obama appointed Misty to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

Misty is the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, Life in Motion, co-written with award-winning journalist and author Charisse Jones, published March 2014. She has a picture book titled Firebird in collaboration with award-winning illustrator and author Christopher Myers, published September 2014. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford in November 2014 for her contributions to classical ballet and helping to diversify the art form.

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. 

This event made possible by the following sponsors:

Gold
Compass Financial Partners 

Silver
American National Bank & Trust Company
Mae Douglas

Bronze
Bank of America
Enterprise Holdings
Fox Rothschild, LLP
Greensboro Housing Authority
ITG Brands
North Carolina A&T State University
Robyn N. Sanders MD
Cheryl T. Smith
Susan Wiseman

Youth Sponsor
Randall Kaplan and Kathy Manning
Lovelle and Alan Overbey
SapHire Solutions
Touching Lives Foundation

In-Kind Sponsors
Greensboro Coliseum Complex 
The Fresh Market

Special Thanks
Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet