Intern Spotlight: Kacie Lynch

Kacie Lynch | Marketing & Communications InternKacie Lynch is our newest Marketing and Communications intern.

She is currently a senior at Elon University as a Human Service Studies major with a minor in Criminal Justice Studies and Sociology. Kacie gained interest in interning with us after Michael Cottingham, our VP of Marketing and Communications, was invited to sit on a panel at Elon to discuss communications as a profession.

United Way of Greater Greensboro: What’s the focus of your internship?
Kacie Lynch: The focus of my internship, I believe, is to interview United Way donors, program participants, and program employees and create profiles and stories based on each individual’s unique experience.

UW: What has got you most excited about this internship?
KL: I am most excited about hearing each individual’s personal story and to convey these experiences into stories.

UW: At the end of your internship, what do you hope to have accomplished?
KL: I hope to have gained a comprehensive understanding of non-profits and to have created content that can be utilized to increase campaign funding.

UW: What was your first impression of United Way?
KL: My first impression of United Way was that all of the people who worked in the GSO were incredibly driven. I immediately wanted to be a part of this organization, in particular, because of the passion that I saw in employees.

UW: What does service mean to you?
KL: I believe anyone can partake in community service, but that it takes special individuals to actually be engaged and connected with what they are doing. In order to engage and connect with community service, I think that you have to find something resonates within you. You have to find something that compels you, that drives you, that you relate to.

UW: Who is your biggest role model and how have they shaped the person you are and/or becoming?
KL: My biggest role model is my dad as he has always encouraged me to find something that I am passionate about and pursue that. During my first semester of college, my dad emailed me a photo. It said, “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called STRESS. Working hard for something we love is called PASSION”. These words have guided my decisions and have pushed me to discover what I am passionate about, which is helping others and connecting them to resources. Had my dad not sent me these words my first week of college, I might have settled for something I was mildly interested in, as opposed to something that excites me and that drives me to make the world a better place.

 

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Family Economic Success Day Offers Free Tax Prep

United Way of Greater Greensboro knows the importance of a family’s financial health and has teamed up with BB&T Bank to host its fourth annual Family Economic Success Day, Tuesday, February 28, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a new location this year – Guilford Child Development, 1200 Arlington St, Greensboro, NC 27406.

Family Economic Success Day offers free state and federal income tax preparation and filing by IRS-certified volunteers, workshops on financial topics, and BB&T will utilize their mobile Bank Bus to provide free credit reports and reviews to those who qualify for tax prep.

  • Free tax preparation is available to: 

People whose households earned $54,000 or less in 2016.

  • Appointments are required: 

Contact Zandra Cuff at United Way at Zandra.Cuff@unitedwaygso.org or 336-378-5029.

  • What people need to bring: 

To receive free tax preparation services, people must bring a photo ID for themselves and spouse (if applicable), all W2s and tax documents, and actual social security cards or proof of ITIN numbers for every person in the household. A copy of last year’s tax return will save a lot of time.

“Many people don’t know that they can get their both state and federal taxes done for free through VITA. People living on a low or moderate income could really use that few hundred dollars out of their refund instead of paying for tax prep,” says Sarah Glover, Community Impact Manager, United Way of Greater Greensboro.

“BB&T’s CRA Department is committed to enriching our neighborhoods through community development, leadership and innovation. Dedicating our Bank Bus as a mobile VITA site is an innovative approach that brings money-saving services directly to our neighbors in need. We are proud to partner with the United Way and Guilford Child Development to provide this service to the community”, John Stokes, VP / Community Development Specialist.

For people who cannot attend Family Economic Success Day, United Way also coordinate additional free income tax preparation across Greensboro at times and locations. Taxpayers can call 2-1-1 to find a site near them. Additionally, for people who want to prepare their own taxes, MyFreeTaxes.com is available to those whose households earned up to $64,000.

Family Economic Success Day is made possible by United Way of Greater Greensboro, BB&T Bank, Guilford Child Development, the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, Senior Resources of Guilford, and local VITA volunteers.

 

United Way Joins Drive to Help Kayser-Roth Employees Impacted by Hurricane Matthew

United Way of Greater Greensboro is supporting Kayser-Roth’s local efforts to supply food and relief items for the over 500 Kayser-Roth employees located in Lumberton who were impacted by hurricane Matthew. Kayser-Roth is headquartered in Greensboro and will deliver donated items to Lumberton employees later this week.

People can drop off food and relief items at one of two locations:

  • By 5 p.m. this Wednesday at United Way, 1500 Yanceyville St. in Greensboro
  • By 1 p.m. this Thursday at Kayser-Roth headquarters, 102 Corporate Center Blvd. in Greensboro

Needed supplies include:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • New clothing (especially underwear and undershirts/t-shirts)
  • Toiletries and personal hygiene items
  • New or gently used (and cleaned) blankets
  • New or gently used (and cleaned) coats/jackets

White House Summit for My Brother’s Keeper Communities in NC Takes Place at United Way of Greater Greensboro

In advance of the President’s trip to Greensboro for the student forum hosted by ESPN, The White House, in coordination with Bloomberg Associates, hosted a summit on My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) in North Carolina to highlight progress and provide technical assistance to bolster local efforts. The summit took place at United Way of Greater Greensboro.

The MBK Community Challenge encourages communities (cities, rural municipalities, and tribal nations) to implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy.

The goal is to improve the life outcomes of all young people to ensure they can reach their full potential. Nearly 250 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have accepted the MBK Community Challenge. www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper

Ten communities in North Carolina have accepted the MBK Community Challenge since September 2014. This summit convened North Carolina’s MBK Communities, including heads of local government, MBK leadership from the federal government, national nonprofits and local youth, to discuss strategies and resources for success in their MBK initiatives.

Locally, United Way of Greater Greensboro is creating new partnerships for a community-wide plan with city, county, education, nonprofit and concerned citizens to drive positive outcomes for men and young boys of color.

The resulting action plans will focus on mentoring and summer youth employment to start. Michelle Gethers-Clark, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro, says, “When a child is exposed to positive and new experiences their aspirations change. And an employed young person learns the expectations of life first hand.”

Mentors and 2017 summer jobs are needed.  Contact United Way of Greater Greensboro to get connected.

The initiative aims to bring together government, law enforcement, business, nonprofit, philanthropic, faith, and community leaders around shared goals for young people. MBK seeks to establish strategies that ensure all:

  • Children enter school cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally prepared
  • Children read at grade level by third grade
  • Young people graduate from high school
  • Young people complete post-secondary education or training
  • Youth out of school are employed
  • Young people are safe from violent crime.

Day of Action Offers Volunteer Opportunities and Kicks Off MeaningFULL Meals Summer Food Program

United Way, The Volunteer Center and BackPack Beginnings Partnering to Feed Children

United Way of Greater Greensboro is mobilizing the community on June 21, for Day of Action and continuing the volunteer buzz throughout July with its annual MeaningFULL meals program in partnership with The Volunteer Center of Greensboro and BackPack Beginnings.

“June 21 is United Way National Day of Action. Join us to share prosperity with neighbors who need a helping hand. MeaningFULL Meals brings food to children and adults who are hungry. Your kindness can bring nutrition into corners of our community that do not have grocery stores. Please give the gift of nutritious food,” says Michelle Gethers-Clark, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Day of Action June 21

On June 21, people across the world will volunteer in their communities to celebrate United Way’s 2016 Day of Action. Day of Action is a worldwide event that promotes volunteerism. Locally, we have partnered with The Volunteer Center to offer the community multiple opportunities that support education, income, health and basic needs.

This year, the community can:

  • Host a food drive
  • Host a book drive
  • Build hygiene kits
  • Submit budget-friendly recipes.

More about these volunteer opportunities can be found on United Way’s website at: www.unitedwaygso.org. In addition, people can count down the days to Day of Action by reading United Way’s A Healthy Us blog at: www.ahealthyus.wordpress.com. People are encouraged to share their experiences and photos on social media using #DayofAction.

MeaningFULL Meals June 21 – July 25

There are over 72,000 students grades K-12 who attend Guilford County Schools. More than 67% of these students qualify for free or reduced lunch. In the summer months, many of these children do not have the same access to a nutritious meal and go hungry.

Three years ago, United Way and The Volunteer Center started MeaningFULL Meals, a summer nutrition project that seeks food donations to help feed school children in need. People are encouraged to host food drives June 21 – July 25 that will benefit food pantries at Wiley Elementary, Jackson Middle and Smith High Schools.

“Hunger remains a significant issue for many in Guilford County,” says Carley Swaim, executive director of The Volunteer Center of Greensboro. “Giving of your time and resources to help children and families have access to nutritious meals this summer is your chance to make a difference and invest in our future.”

This year, BackPack Beginnings has joined the partnership and is kicking off the MeaningFULL Meals project by making the program’s first donation of over 3,400 pounds of food. This initial food donation will be used to help stock a food pantry at Wiley Elementary School, ensuring there will be food available for students to take home when the MeaningFULL Meals begins on June 21.

“BackPack Beginnings fed 105 students at Wiley Elementary this past school year, so we are thrilled to continue to feed many of these students over the summer as well.  As we know too well, hunger does not end during summer break.  We are honored to partner with the United Way and Volunteer Center to serve in this MeaningFULL way,” says Parker White, Founder/Volunteer Executive Director BackPack Beginnings.

Food drive donations supporting all three pantries can be dropped off at Wiley Elementary, 600 West Terrell Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

United Way Receives Lincoln Financial Foundation Grant

United Way of Greater Greensboro has received a $250,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation in support of collaborative solutions addressing poverty, including educational opportunities for children and families at United Way’s Family Success Center.

The Family Success Center is a community collaboration to empower families to achieve their goals through job skills training and education. The center offers onsite integrated services tailored to meet the needs of each family member.

“We are more than excited about the future of greater Greensboro. Partners like Lincoln Financial Foundation make it possible to advance our work addressing the root causes of generational poverty,” says Michelle Gethers-Clark, President and CEO United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, believes in empowering people to live greater lives, which advances culture and empowers greater positive change. Its grant is part of Lincoln Financial’s annual $10 million investment in its local communities’ youth education, economic and workforce development, human well-being and arts programs.

 

Five Local Campaigns Receive United Way Spirit of NC Awards

Five out of 14 statewide recipients of this year’s United Way of North Carolina Spirit of North Carolina awards are United Way of Greater Greensboro partners.

Each year, the United Way of North Carolina recognizes and awards companies and organizations that have demonstrated strong community support through local United Way involvement. The Spirit of North Carolina Award celebrates the partnership of people working together to develop and implement innovative solutions for long-term community change.

The award program is an important statewide initiative that recognizes companies and employees for their outstanding support of the community by demonstrating excellence in their United Way campaigns.

On behalf of the 2015 Spirit of North Carolina Campaigning for Excellence Awards Committee, United Way of Greater Greensboro is pleased to announce local Spirit of North Carolina Award winners, were honored at the United Way of North Carolina Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in Pinehurst, NC:

  • Guilford County Schools – School Campaigns 5001+ Employees
  • (along with UW of Greater High Point)
  • Morrisette Paper Company – Manufacturing 51-100 Employees
  • Kayser-Roth Corporation – Manufacturing 101-200 Employees
  • E.P. Pearce Elementary School – School Campaigns 51-100 Employees
  • City of Greensboro and Guilford County – City/County Municipality 5001+ Employees

“The fact that five of this year’s award winners are from the greater Greensboro community is outstanding. This shows a tremendous dedication to helping United Way achieve our strategic aim to break the cycle of poverty,” says Michelle-Gethers Clark, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Greensboro.

A team of 21 United Way leaders from across North Carolina judged 58 outstanding applications selecting 33 as winners. The established Seven Standards of Excellence, including volunteer culture, partnership with community to raise awareness of needs and foster a spirit of giving, leadership involvement, and campaign coordination are the criteria on which applications are judged.

 

Host a MeaningFULL Meals Food Drive This Summer

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More than 56% of Guilford County Schools (GCS) students qualify for free or reduced price lunch. In the summer , when school is not in session, these children often do not have the same access to a nutritious meal and go hungry. To complement the work of GCS feeding centers, MeaningFULL Meals is a summer nutrition project by United Way of Greater Greensboro and The Volunteer Center of Greensboro to help feed hungry children in our community in the evening.

Please host a food drive at your work, school or place of worship.
For more details and promotional materials,  Download the Food Drive Kit.

You can also drop off food items to The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, 1500 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro, during normal business hours.

Items needed include:

– mac & cheese (microwavable)

– canned veggies

– bread

– tuna & chicken (vacuum sealed)

– ramen noodles

– fruit cups

– applesauce

– fruit roll-ups

– raisin snack packs

– juice boxes

– dried rice and beans

– Peanut butter & jelly  (pre-made & individual jars)

– breakfast cereal  (individual boxes hot & cold)

– Poptarts

– graham crackers, Nekot/Lance crackers

– chips (individual sizes)

– pasta & spaghetti sauce

– freeze pops

– Hamburger Helper

– Oodles of Noodles

– ravioli

– single serving size spaghetti  lasagna

* No soda or candy please *

 

Questions? Please contact Radiah Pinckney at United Way of Greater Greensboro at 336-378-6606 or radiah.pinckney@unitedwaygso.org.

Volunteer During Depend® & United Way Days of Action, June 15-24

Depend® and United Way are coming together to promote healthy, active and independent living throughout an individuals’ life, with a focus on volunteering.

Depend® & United Way Days of Action will support MeaningFULL Meals.

More than 56% of Guilford County Schools (GCS) students qualify for free or reduced price lunch. In the summer , when school is not in session, these children often do not have the same access to a nutritious meal and go hungry. To complement the work of GCS feeding centers, MeaningFULL Meals is a summer nutrition project by United Way of Greater Greensboro and The Volunteer Center of Greensboro to help feed hungry children in our community in the evening.

Volunteers are needed for the following:

Food Drive Host: Host a food drive at your work, school or place of worship. Download the Food Drive Kit.

Pantry Makeover Team Member: Help spruce up the food pantry at Wiley Elementary School!

Recipe Wizard: Create or research a delicious, healthy recipe to share with families who benefit from the MeaningFULL Meals program. Email your recipe to Dana Carter at United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Click the link below to sign-up as a volunteer so we can reach out to you with more details for each activity and make sure to count you in our Days of Action efforts. 

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER!

 

You can also drop off food items to The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, 1500 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro, during normal business hours.

Items needed include:

– mac & cheese (microwavable)

– canned veggies

– bread

– tuna & chicken (vacuum sealed)

– ramen noodles

– fruit cups

– applesauce

– fruit roll-ups

– raisin snack packs

– juice boxes

– dried rice and beans

– Peanut butter & jelly  (pre-made & individual jars)

– breakfast cereal  (individual boxes hot & cold)

– Poptarts

– graham crackers, Nekot/Lance crackers

– chips (individual sizes)

– pasta & spaghetti sauce

– freeze pops

– Hamburger Helper

– Oodles of Noodles

– ravioli

– single serving size spaghetti  lasagna

* No soda or candy please *

 

Questions? Please contact Radiah Pinckney at United Way of Greater Greensboro at 336-378-6606 or radiah.pinckney@unitedwaygso.org.