FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dana Z. Carter
United Way of Greater Greensboro
(Greensboro, NC – April 7, 2014) –“Greensboro has made it clear,” says Michelle Gethers-Clark, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro. “Our residents are aware of the needs of our community and they’re ready to roll up their sleeves to make Greensboro a great city for all.”
United Way of Greater Greensboro closed its 2013-14 campaign on March 31, 2014 and is proud to announce its campaign total of $11 million, an increase of about $800,000 from its 2012 campaign. United Way campaign funds are invested locally in Greater Greensboro to support high-quality human service programs and initiatives targeted towards children, adults, and families. We are on a long-term journey to create positive community impact.
“Increasing rates of poverty, financial instability in our families, barriers to success for our young people—these are real challenges we face,” says Gethers-Clark. “When we combine our resources, time and talent, we have the power to direct the future of Greensboro. $11 million is proof that Greensboro believes in a bright future.”
With the combined power of caring citizens, thoughtful community partnerships, and corporate support, United Way of Greater Greensboro has served the community for 92 years with the goal of improving the quality of life.
“Because of the support our residents and corporate leaders have shown for United Way’s work, Greensboro will continue to strengthen,” says Pete Callahan, 2013-14 United Way of Greater Greensboro campaign chairperson and regional vice president of commercial banking at Wells Fargo. “There is more work to be done, but today, we celebrate and take pride in this incredible sense of community and giving that runs deep in the veins of our United Way donors.”
United Way brings a high level of due diligence, responsibility and community voice to its work. When United Way invests in vital human services throughout Greater Greensboro, it is working to advance partnering programs and initiatives toward success. When it leverages the power of community volunteers and advocates, it is fostering strong community leaders.
2013-14 UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS
More than 500 organizations participated in and more than 15,000 individuals donated to this year’s United Way campaign. More than 1,400 donors gave at a leadership level of $1,000 or more to support United Way’s work in Greater Greensboro.
2014 Spirit of North Carolina Awards
The Spirit of North Carolina Awards for Campaign Excellence, sponsored by United Way of North Carolina, recognizes outstanding commitment and support to North Carolina communities through local United Way involvement. Organizations and companies were judged on criteria including leadership giving, volunteerism, employee participation and giving levels, year-round education, corporate support, incentive programs, and campaign rallies just to name a few. In Greensboro, we are honored to celebrate several Spirit of North Carolina award recipients who go above and beyond to support their community.
– City of Greensboro and Guilford County
– E.P. Pearce Elementary School
– Guilford County Schools
– Lorillard, Inc.
United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Mentoring Matters Initiative established the Mentoring Matters “Hub of Excellence” which convenes mentoring programs to support the goals of increasing the quality and quantity of youth mentoring providers in Greater Greensboro. Currently, more than 50 volunteers have been connected to mentoring programs in the community. Corporations, entertainment, sports, arts and culture venues have also supported the Mentoring Matters initiative by offering access to new experiences for mentees to enjoy with their mentors. More than 200 tickets have been donated to the Mentoring Matters Ticket Clearinghouse, a newly established ticket donation program to support 19 Mentoring Matters Hub of Excellence participating programs.
The work of United Way is ongoing. The organization is now hard at work preparing investments into the community, and continuing efforts to raise awareness and action to address barriers to a high quality of life for all.
Visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org for all upcoming events, news, and opportunities to give, advocate and volunteer.
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United Way of Greater Greensboro advances the common good by supporting programs, initiatives, member agencies, and partners meeting critical needs in our community in the areas of education, income, and health. United Way is a worldwide network in 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. To give, advocate and volunteer, visit www.UnitedWayGSO.org.