United Way Promotes Safe Volunteerism During National Volunteer Week, April 20-24

Greensboro, NC (April 20, 2020) – United Way of Greater Greensboro, in partnership with The Volunteer Center of the Triad and local community organizations, is promoting safe volunteer opportunities during National Volunteer Week, April 20-24, 2020. All are encouraged to get involved in an at-home or safe in-person opportunity.

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

Volunteer opportunities throughout National Volunteer Week that you can safely do from home or in-person include:

  • Book drives for local children
  • Card drives for local seniors
  • Packing lunch bags at Greensboro Urban Ministry
  • Sorting bread and produce at Out of the Garden Project
  • Packing bags and sorting donations at BackPack Beginnings

“United Way is so thankful for the children, families and local organizations that sacrifice their time and talents in so many ways. Our community always needs volunteers and National Volunteer Week is a great way to highlight a few local opportunities. We encourage everyone to volunteer this week, and stay connected throughout the year,” said Michael Cottingham, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way of Greater Greensboro.

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.

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. 

Greensboro Virus Relief Taskforce Grants Over $344,000 to 18 Local Nonprofits Helping People Impacted by Coronavirus

To-Date, Over $1.3 Million Granted to 58 Local Nonprofits Helping Thousands of People, Taskforce Wants to Raise an Additional $2 Million to support Relief Efforts

Greensboro, NC (April 17, 2020) – The Greensboro Virus Relief Taskforce is pleased to announce $344,925 has been granted to 18 local nonprofits providing services to people impacted by the Coronavirus. Over the past three weeks, the Taskforce has granted a total of $1,345,138 to 58 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 would like to raise an additional $2 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.

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 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/virus.

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

Business Disruptions

  • B Natural Academy: $13,000
  • Community Housing Solutions: $34,850
  • Elon University School of Law: $25,313
  • Gate City Legal Services: $25,055
  • HORSEPOWER: $5,275

Employment

  • Church World Service : $21,250
  • Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc.: $13,739
  • The Arc of Greensboro: $23,400 

Food Insecurities

  • A Simple Gesture: $18,000
  • Black Child Development Institute: $7,500
  • Montagnard Dega Association: $9,775
  • The Volunteer Center of the Triad: $15,000

Housing Vulnerabilities

  • Ford Inc.: $3,250
  • Greensboro Housing Coalition: $63,750
  • Piedmont Health Services & Sickle Cell Agency: $14,840
  • Tiny House Community Development: $13,000 

Healthcare Access

  • Guilford Community Care Network: $28,000
  • LifeSpan Inc.: $9,928 

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.

  • Crescent Rotary: $26,320
  • Greensboro Women to Women Endowment Fund – an initiative of Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro: $75,000
  • The P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation: $5,000


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.

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.

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.

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.

Former Board Member Receives Athena Award

Chamber Honors Mae Douglas

Mae Douglas, immediate past United Way of Greater Greensboro board member and chair of the Community Impact and Investment Committee, who was honored with the Athena Award at the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon.

Mae, who was featured in United Way’s annual report in 2018, is a community leader, philanthropist and the former executive vice president and chief people officer at Cox Communications in Atlanta. After her retirement and relocation back to Greensboro, she has focused on community service.

In addition to serving with United Way, Mae has volunteered with the Cone Health Board of Trustees, Cone Foundation Board, UNC Greensboro Board of Trustees, Gateway Research Park, Guilford Child Development, NCCJ (National Conference for Community and Justice), YMCA, Friends of the Library at UNCG and a committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro aimed at better understanding and engaging philanthropy among African Americans.

Mae’s mission is to give people the same kinds of opportunities for success that she had. “I believe each of us can and should do our part to make life better for others,” said Mae.

United Way of Greater Greensboro CFO Named One of the 40 Most Influential African Americans Under 40 in the Piedmont

Greensboro, NC (January 17, 2020) –  United Way of Greater Greensboro Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer Brian Graham was named one of Black Business Ink magazine’s “40 Under 40 Most Influential African Americans in the Piedmont,” which honors individuals from Forsyth and Guilford counties.

According to Black Business Ink, this inaugural list of the 40 Under 40 Most Influential African Americans in the Piedmont is comprised of outstanding leaders who are confident, ambitious and achievement oriented. They help build their community, seek new challenges at work and are not afraid to question authority. Each awardee was nominated and considered by two selection committees, one in Guilford County and one in Forsyth County.

Graham joined United Way of Greater Greensboro in his role as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer in March 2019. Graham leads United Way’s finance team and oversees all of financial and operational areas with a focus on strategic management of the organization’s resources to maximize return on investment. He is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and the University of Virginia. Graham has over 15 years of financial leadership in nonprofit organizations as well as 5 years of public accounting experience.

A gala honoring the award recipients will be held on February 22, 2020.