MeaningFULL Meals Helps to Feed Children Over Summer Months, Public Encouraged to Get Involved

Greensboro, NC (June 23, 2020) – 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 the Triad.

Seven 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 five 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.

“BackPack Beginnings is grateful for United Way of Greater Greensboro’s and The Volunteer Center of the Triad’s continued support of our feeding programs through MeaningFULL Meals.  Due to COVID-19, we have seen an unprecedented need for our food programs this Spring, and we anticipate this elevated level to continue throughout the summer and into the 2020/21 school year.  Food items donated will assist us in making sure local children are not going hungry when school is out,” said Parker White, Founder and Volunteer Executive Director, Backpack Beginnings.

Making a big difference is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Get a box.
  2. Fill your box with donated food items.
  3. Drop off collected items at BackPack Beginnings

Boxes are available for pick up from United Way if needed. Printable flyers with a full list of needed items can be found at UnitedWayGSO.org/meaningFULL. BackPack Beginnings office hours are listed at backpackbeginnings.org/contact

United Way of Greater Greensboro Announces 2020-21 Board Members, Campaign Chairs

Greensboro, NC (June 22, 2020) – At its recent annual meeting, United Way of Greater Greensboro donors unanimously voted to accept Charlie Brinkman of Merrill Lynch to serve as a new member of the Board of Directors, chaired by Kim Gatling of Fox Rothschild. The following volunteers have also accepted appointments for the 2020-21 annual campaign:

Campaign Chairs:

  • Co-Chairs, Allison and Bill Morrisette, Morrisette
  • Vice Chair, Scott Baker, TowneBank

Tocqueville Society Co-Chairs:

  • Lovelle and Alan Overbey, community leaders

Leadership Co-Chairs:

  • Susan and Bill Veazey, community leaders
  • Jacalyn and Brantley White, community leaders

Board of Directors members provide direction, support, guidance, and governance to the organization and leverage their expertise to advance the work of United Way. Annual campaign chairs help United Way raise awareness and support throughout the greater Greensboro community.

United Way of Greater Greensboro is pleased to announce the following 2020-21 Board of Directors:

United Way Board of Directors:

  • Darryl Aaron, Providence Baptist Church
  • Charlie Brinkman, Merrill Lynch
  • Claudia Cannady, community leader
  • Michele Deuterman, ITG Brands
  • Manuel Dudley, Guilford Technical Community College
  • Mandy Eaton, Cone Health
  • Kim Gatling, Chair, Fox Rothschild
  • Jacquie Gilliam, UNC Greensboro
  • Mike Gillis, DMJ & Co.
  • Tom Glaser, community leader
  • John Houghtby, Ecolab
  • Mark Kiel, community leader
  • Wanda Legrand, Guilford County Schools
  • Davida Martin, community leader
  • Phil McCall, community leader
  • Heather Milligan, Lincoln Financial Group
  • Allison Morrisette, Morrisette
  • Bill Morrisette, Morrisette
  • Nathan Myers, TRUIST
  • Brian Pierce, Deep River Partners
  • Antonia Monk Richburg, Cone Health Foundation
  • Dan Scutari, WFMY News 2
  • Leigha Smith, Wells Fargo
  • Gregg Strader, American National Bank & Trust
  • Adam Tarleton, Brooks Pierce
  • Tricia Teter, Cone Health
  • Jane Trevey, community leader
  • Jamiah Waterman, City of Greensboro
  • Sue White, Donathan Properties
  • Ben Zuraw, community leader

Leaders of all ages, ethnicities, sectors needed to solve this by Michelle Gethers-Clark

This letter by Michelle Gethers-Clark, United Way of Greater Greensboro President & CEO, was originally published in the Triad Business Journal, here.

Where do we go from here? 

Our desire to move forward and do something to help can be paralyzed by too many options or not knowing where to start. The issues of race, equity and justice date back to 1619. The recent coronavirus pandemic and its extreme impact on communities of color taken together with the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery bring into sharp focus how racism manifests itself in the daily lives of black and brown communities. 

I am the child of a family from rural South Carolina. My family had no formal education and earned a living share cropping and cleaning houses before migrating to New York City for a chance at the American dream. I am the first generation to finish high school, go to college and live my own dreams of a finding a good job, buying a home in the neighborhood of my choice, and creating opportunities for my own children.  

And while I was able to climb the corporate ladder, become an executive at American Express, and now serve as president and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro, my family is still not immune to racism or harassment. In fact, even though my son will graduate from Stanford University on June 14, there are still systems in place that would put him in a jumpsuit rather than in a business suit. This is a harsh reality, and a reality I cannot avoid. 

So again, where do we go from here?

No single leader, corporation or organization has all the explanations, ideas or solutions. Our community needs leaders of all ages, ethnicities and sectors to clear the path for learning, listening, getting involved, and taking action together. We all benefit by seeing ourselves as one community and acting as one community. Personal engagement of leaders combined with creating operating policies to address race, equity and injustice will give black and brown communities opportunities to succeed. 

United Way of Greater Greensboro hosted a community conversation on June 5, and I am proud to say that our community is full of people who are looking to collaborate on the path forward. 

As leaders we can clear the path for our community to build solutions. Let’s work together…

United Way Promotes Safe Volunteerism On United Way Worldwide Day of Action, June 19

Greensboro, NC (June 11, 2020) – United Way of Greater Greensboro, in partnership with The Volunteer Center of the Triad and local community organizations, is promoting safe volunteer opportunities on United Way’s Day of Action, June 19.

On and around June 19, tens of thousands of people across the globe will 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.

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

Volunteer opportunities on Day of Action that you can participate in from home or do safely in-person include:

“While we continue to work collaboratively with our community addressing equality and Coronavirus, we are also pleased to promote Day of Action as a way to make a positive difference in the lives of local children, adults and families,” said Michael Cottingham, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, United Way of Greater Greensboro.

  • Gathering items or hosting a drive to benefit members of United Way’s Family Success Centers
  • Making cards or hosting a card drive for local seniors
  • Sorting hygiene items at Greensboro Urban Ministry
  • Packing bags and sorting donations at BackPack Beginnings

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.

Over $14,000 Granted to Two Local Nonprofits Helping People Impacted by Coronavirus

To-Date, Over $2 Million Granted to 97 Local Nonprofits

Greensboro, NC (June 5, 2020) – In its ninth round of funding, the Greensboro Virus Relief Taskforce granted $14,150 to 2 local nonprofits providing services to people impacted by the Coronavirus. To-date, the Taskforce has granted a total of $2,187,999 to 97 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.

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

Business Disruptions

  • The Barnabas Network: $6,650

Housing

  • YWCA Greensboro: $7,500

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 individuals and organizations for their extremely generous support this week.

  • Anonymous: $10,000
  • Weaver Foundation: $6,000
  • IBERIABANK: $5,000

A Note from Michelle Gethers-Clark: Reflection and Action – Join Us on Friday

Published June 2, 2020-

Hello United Way Team, Board of Directors, Volunteers, Donors, Partners and Friends,

United Way of Greater Greensboro seeks to reflect with you and frame a vision for action linked to our humanity. While we are grateful for our blessings, we also share a common dream for our children to live a life of joy, good health and prosperity. Let’s assume we want the dream for ourselves, our children and our neighbors – call it “shared well-being”. Generally “sharing” is positive, generous, kind and filled with hope. The well-being of communities is not equal. The video of #GeorgeFloyd dying on the street in Minneapolis, Minnesota is tragic and inhumane by any standard.  

What are we going to do from here? 

A knee pressed against the neck of a man who is saying “I can’t breathe” is symbolic of the persistent knee on the neck of many communities. Our communities are telling us they are suffering, dying young and dying at higher rates because of insufficient housing, no full-service grocery stores, limited public transportation, dilapidated schools, no jobs, poor childcare, excessive incarceration, lead in the water, discrimination, limited access to good healthcare, over policing, and poverty.

The status quo, not listening, and our silence are inhumane. As a community, let’s create an action plan for shared well-being. This is the moment to act to ensure every person regardless of the color of their skin is viewed as worthy of joy, good health and prosperity as the path to shared well-being.

Here are some items to consider as we strive for equity, justice, and economic mobility in our communities:

  • Easy and equitable access to medical care and wellness services.
  • Internet access and WIFI service in communities with low income.
  • Ban-the-box on employment applications.
  • Universal pre-school for all children along with higher wages for pre-school teachers.
  • Increase available and stable housing stock for families with low and moderate incomes.
  • Eliminate the food deserts in Guilford County with full-service grocery stores.
  • Jobs, jobs, jobs and more jobs linked to training and advancement for higher wages.
  • Vote to demand investments in public education – instruction, equity, teacher pay and physical buildings.
  • Equitable financial services, funding and contracts for minority owned businesses.

Please examine the list, add to it and identify areas of interest. Will you join us as we convene for action on Friday, June 5, 2020 at noon on Zoom (bring your lunch)? If so, please click here to attend and be a part of the solution.

With love and a personal commitment to take action,

Michelle Gethers-Clark
President & CEO 
United Way of Greater Greensboro

CODA Connections Clients Sign Messages of Love and Gratitude

Over the past nine weeks, the Greensboro Virus Relief Taskforce has granted a total of $2,173,849 to 97 local nonprofits helping thousands of individuals and families impacted by COVID-19.

One of those 97 nonprofits is CODA Connections, Inc., a local nonprofit that services families impacted by deafness. CODA Connections was granted Virus Relief Fund dollars to rapidly respond to the needs of its clients under the food insecurity priority area.

In the video below, CODA Connections clients sign messages of love and gratitude.

“The pandemic presents challenges for everyone, however deaf individuals already have struggles that they face day to day. This time of uncertainty adds additional hardships making it more strenuous for them to overcome. CODA Connections, Inc. exist to serve with compassion and be the voice for the overlooked deaf community and we reflect a commitment to accessibility and inclusion. We are dedicated to fulfilling our mission especially during this critical time and our pursuits would not be possible without the generous support from the COVID-19 relief fund. CODA Connections, Inc. is forever grateful to be one of the recipients of this grant. Thank you for enabling us to help meet needs, create change and a lasting impact in the deaf community,” said Tabitha Allen-Draft, President and Founder CODA Connections, Inc.

Thanks to your support, local families impacted by deafness are getting the assistance they need. To make a donation to the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund, click here or text the word “Virus” to 40403.

United Way of Greater Greensboro Announces Over $5 Million In Annual Grants Aimed at ENDing Local Poverty

Greensboro, NC (May 29, 2020) – United Way of Greater Greensboro creates partnerships that are working together to END local poverty and is pleased to announce 62 local nonprofit programs and initiatives received $5,033,358 in its annual, 2020-2021 strategic partner grant investment.

All investment decisions are led by local volunteers who review grant applications. Thanks to this approach, United Way has created a community-wide network of partners that works together to connect people to opportunities we all deserve like housing, jobs, education and overall wellness.

Annual grant funding is open to all local nonprofits, which allows new and existing partners equal opportunity to apply for funding. Grants are awarded on two-year funding cycles and recipients must meet meaningful, data-driven goals.

“To create the greatest impact, United Way invests in programs, collaborations, and strategies that lift local children, adults and families out of poverty,” said Frank McCain, Vice President of Community Impact and Investments. “Our open, volunteer-led funding process, allows us to invest in programs in ways that are responsive to our community’s evolving needs and align with the goal of ending poverty.”

“Thanks to the tremendous support of the greater Greensboro community, our strategy is helping thousands of local children and families. In collaboration with our partners, we are offering holistic services that are truly working together across the entire community,” says Bill Morrisette, United Way of Greater Greensboro Campaign Chair and President CEO, Morrisette.

Thanks to continued community support from local residents, businesses and organizations, United Way is pleased to award grants to the following programs – CLICK HERE.

Over $37,000 Granted to Five Local Nonprofits Helping People Impacted by Coronavirus

To-Date, Over $2 Million Granted to 97 Local Nonprofits, GSO Virus Relief Taskforce Wants to Raise an Additional $1 Million to Support Relief Efforts

Greensboro, NC (May 21, 2020) – In its eighth round of funding, the Greensboro Virus Relief Taskforce granted $37,669 to 5 local nonprofits providing services to people impacted by the Coronavirus. Over the past eight weeks, the Taskforce has granted a total of $2,173,849 to 97 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.

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

The pandemic presents challenges for everyone, however deaf individuals already have struggles that they face day to day. This time of uncertainty adds additional hardships making it more strenuous for them to overcome. CODA Connections, Inc. exist to serve with compassion and be the voice for the overlooked deaf community and we reflect a commitment to accessibility and inclusion. We are dedicated to fulfilling our mission especially during this critical time and our pursuits would not be possible without the generous support from the COVID-19 relief fund. CODA Connections, Inc. is forever grateful to be one of the recipients of this grant. Thank you for enabling us to help meet needs, create change and a lasting impact in the deaf community,” said Tabitha Allen-Draft, President and Founder CODA Connections, Inc.

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 would like to raise an additional $1 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.

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. To quickly respond to community needs, volunteer Taskforce members are reviewing dozens of applications from local nonprofits each week.

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

Business Disruptions

  • SHIELD Mentor Program: $8,780

Food Insecurities

  • Islamic Center of The Triad Refugee and Immigration Community Service: $8,000
  • Touching Lives Foundation as fiscal sponsor for St. James Presbyterian Church: $6,783
  • Rosa Foundation: $2,550
  • Truly Making A Difference: $11,556

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.

  • Hillsdale Fund: $48,000
  • Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro: $22,000

Public Invited to Attend Virtually, End Poverty: The Lunch and Learn Series Hosted by United Way Young Leaders

Three-Part Series Features Speakers Michelle Gethers-Clark, Kim Gatling and Marcus Thomas

Greensboro, NC (May 21, 2020) – The public is invited to attend United Way of Greater Greensboro’s End Poverty: The Lunch and Learn Series hosted by Young Leaders. The three-part virtual series will begin on June 4, and will take place 12 to 1 p.m.

Featured speakers include:

June 4: Michelle Gethers-Clark, United Way of Greater Greensboro President and CEO, with her talk titled “What’s Poverty in Greensboro? Myths, Facts and Action”

June 11: Kim Gatling, United Way of Greater Greensboro Board Chair and partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, with her talk “Incorporating Board Service into Your Journey”

June 18: Marcus Thomas, United Way of Greater Greensboro Young Leaders Vice Chair and Dream Team Director at Mount Zion Baptist Church, with his talk “Volunteerism for Mutual Gain”

“United Way Young Leaders seek to empower and inspire young professionals to lead community-wide change that ends poverty, and this all-star lineup of speakers will definitely educate and inspire attendees to take action,” said Lauren Forbis, Marketing and Communications Manager at United Way of Greater Greensboro.

End Poverty: The Lunch and Learn Series will be hosted on Zoom and is open to 100 attendees per session. To register, visit www.unitedwaygso.org/learn.

The series is sponsored by The P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, KONTOOR’s Emerging Leaders Group, Cone Health, Lincoln Financial Group and one anonymous donor.