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

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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.

City of Greensboro and United Way Seek to Engage Volunteers During National Mentoring Month

Greensboro, NC (December 27, 2018) – January is National Mentoring Month. Continuing the tradition, the City of Greensboro and United Way of Greater Greensboro are celebrating the mentoring movement and expanding quality mentoring opportunities.

Throughout the month, United Way and the City are encouraging members of the community to make a difference by becoming a mentor.

United Way manages a registry of almost 30 mentoring programs that might have the perfect fit for you. One program is United Way’s African-American Male Initiative that provides mentors for our African-American, Hispanic and other male students. Mentoring starts in grades 2nd – 5th at Wiley Elementary, 6th – 8th at Jackson Middle and 9th grade at Smith High School.

Mentoring is a critical part of developing life changing relationships – mentoring is proven to have a positive effect on academic, social, and economic outcomes for our young people,” said Mayor Nancy Vaughan.

“Too many young people right here in Greensboro lack sufficient support to succeed in school and in life,” says Michelle Gethers-Clark, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro. “Each of us has the power to truly impact the future for our youth by simply being a caring adult in their life as a friend and mentor.”

Research shows mentors can play a powerful role in providing youngsters with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and excel in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like gang activity or drug use.

In turn, young people who are mentored:

  • 55% more likely to be enrolled in college
  • 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities
  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions

Yet, the same research shows that 1 in 3 young people in our country will grow up without a mentor. National Mentoring Month each January allows for unique engagement from community members interested in becoming a mentor. This year, with the support of the mentoring community, we are encouraging the public to go beyond just digital engagement – and become involved in making a real life impact.

Mentoring relationships are at their best when connections are made between a caring adult and a young person who knows that someone is there to help guide them through real life decisions. Pledge to be a mentor today, by contacting the United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Other important dates for National Mentoring Month include:

January 4, 2019: “I Am a Mentor Day”
A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world and share their stories about being a mentor on social media using #MentorIRL, #MentoringMonth and #MentorGSO

January 17, 2019: International Mentoring Day
A day of international conversations on social media where photos, video and messages to share powerful mentoring stories.

January 21, 2019: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
A day to share in the inspirational words of MLK, Jr., and elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism. Join GSO mentors and mentees at the Day of Service at Four Seasons Town Centre brought to you by The Volunteer Center of Greensboro. Visit https://www.unitedwaygso.org/event/martin-luther-king-jr-day-of-service/ or click here for more information.

January 31, 2019: “Thank Your Mentor Day”
This day concludes the #ThankYourMentorcampaign! Check out United Way’s social media for local thank yous including the hashtags #MentorIRL, #MentoringMonth and #MentorGSO.

To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community and to find volunteer opportunities, please visit www.unitedwaygso.org/mentoring-matters or contact Traci McLemore at traci.mclemore@unitedwaygso.org.

About National Mentoring Month
National Mentoring Month is led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with support from the Highland Street Foundation. Each year since its launch in 2002, National Mentoring Month has enjoyed the strong support of the President and the United States Congress.

Other prominent individuals who have participated in the campaign include: Maya Angelou, former President Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Quincy Jones, Cal Ripken Jr., Bill Russell and Usher.

Mentoring Matters – Part 1 of 2: Markell’s Story

Part one of a two part mentoring story – stay tuned next month to read Craig’s Story

On certain days, Markell has an added spring in his step when he walks to elementary school. Markell says he’s usually excited to see friends and learn from his teachers, but he really gets excited on the days his mentor comes to visit.

“I always get excited when I know I’m going to see Mr. Craig!” said Markell.

As a second grader, Markell was paired with Craig through United Way’s African American Mentoring Initiative (AAMI). Craig decided to become a mentor after attending and being challenged to help at United Way’s Breakfast with Community Leaders last year.

According to Markell and Craig, the past 12 months have been life changing.

Markell says he enjoys beating Craig at Jenga and chatting about life during their weekly lunch. Their mentorship extends outside of the classroom, too. This summer, Markell and Craig were able to visit the Greensboro History Museum and the Greensboro Science Center. Markell’s favorite part of that experience? “Definitely seeing the howler monkeys,” he said.

Markell’s favorite thing about having a mentor is having someone that he trusts and can to talk to. When asked, Markell said, “I can tell Craig things I haven’t told anyone before.”

Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic and professional situations. Mentors like Craig help keep students in school, improve self-esteem, and set career goals and take steps to realize them. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.

According to The National Mentoring Partnership, young adults who were at-risk for falling off track but had a mentor are:

  • 55% more likely to enroll in college
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly
  • 90% are interested in becoming a mentor
  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.

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.

United Way of Greater Greensboro Draws 3rd Car Giveaway Semi-Finalist

Greensboro, NC (December 13, 2018) – Giving has its perks! Esther Ngo of Youth Focus’ Act Together Crisis Care was randomly selected to be the third 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 March 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.