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

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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.

#GivingTuesday – December 2, 2014

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Black Friday… Cyber Monday… Giving Tuesday! This December 2nd, show that the holidays can be about both giving and giving back. 

Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters.

Volunteers Needed for Early Childhood Play Group

 

 

 

 

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Looking for a meaningful way to give back? Volunteer to support United Way’s early childhood development initiative, Thriving at 3 . If  you are interested or want to learn more, please call Deb Croteau at 336-378-5030 or email deborah.croteau@unitedwaygso.org

 

 

 

 

Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Play Group Volunteers

Date: Thursday mornings – 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Dec. 4 & 11, 2014, January 15 – April 24, 2015

Two (2) volunteers are needed for an extended period of time. See dates above. Schedule flexible

Location: Center for New North Carolinas (CNNC) Thriving at 3 Program
Presbyterian Church of the Covenant Fellowship Hall, 501 S. Mendenhall Street, Greensboro, NC 27403

Role: Assisting childcare staff with fun, engaging activities with infants & toddlers. Examples: toys, reading stories, puppets, crafts, puzzles, music. Training Provided.

 

Trunk-or-Treat – Sunday, October 26

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Join us for a fun, family-friendly event with United Way Young Leaders, community partners, and volunteers as they decorate the trunks of their cars and fill them with candy and treats. Participants will also learn more about United Way. Bring your little ghosts and ghouls, princesses and superheroes in costume to TRUNK-or-TREAT with us! View photos from past TRUNK-or-TREAT events.

When: Sunday, October 26 from 2-4pm
Where: United Way of Greater Greensboro Parking Lot, 1500 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro

Volunteer to host a trunk and hand out candy, or to help in other ways!