United for positive change

The United Way of Forsyth County is committed to lasting positive impact. Working collectively and collaboratively with our partners, investors and resources, along with passionate members of our community, we’re learning from our past and creating sustainable results for our future.

Social issues and challenges in our community are increasingly complex and interconnected. These complex issues require comprehensive solutions. Though we see them as interconnected with one another, we believe that education, financial stability, health, basic needs and thriving individuals and neighborhoods stand at the foundation for strengthening our community and creating the positive change, together, we can achieve.


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We believe the innovative way we’re rallying our partners across government, business, philanthropy, faith communities, non-profits and the private sector will achieve lasting social change.



Education gives us possibilities. Possibilities to learn something new, have inspiring experiences, expand our skills and find success in a career.

Education leads to a higher quality, more productive work force, which strengthens local businesses and economy, making Forsyth County an attractive place to live and work. Sometimes something as simple as a headphone can enhance a student's experience. We recently heard from one of our educators about how United Way funded tools are making a positive impact in her classroom:

Dear United Way of Forsyth County,

Your generous donations are going to impact learning beyond your imagination. Thank you for believing in public school and wanting to make a difference in the lives of students.

These headphones will be used to personalize learning with videos, individualized learning programs, and give students access to drive their own questions.

My classroom engagement has increased two fold with technology and the access to headphones to really meet students on their personal level. I am so grateful for my Donors Choose community.

With gratitude,
Mrs. Irvin
Education Winston-Salem Journal | JournalNow Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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It's Throwback Thursday and we have a rich history in our community - this photo came from our archives and shows a group of Girl Scouts in 1947 learning how to properly fold the American flag. Winston-Salem, North Carolina Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont ... See MoreSee Less

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Education goes further than arithmetic and literature. Bethany was an introverted, extremely shy, quiet 9th grader starting her high school career. She joined the United Way funded YMCA Achievers program as a way to meet friends her age, but she got so much more out of it.

A year after joining the program, she volunteered to serve as the Chaplain for the program, followed by the Vice President, and then she was elected as the President of the Achievers program as a senior in high school.

Through the education that the Achievers program provided, this withdrawn, reluctant freshman blossomed into a vibrant leader and is now studying biology and pre-med at Johnson C. Smith University where she plans to become a physician after college. To find out more about the WHY behind the WAY go to www.forsythunitedway.org YMCA YMCA Achievers College Student
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We love hearing from our community members! Something as simple as a new camera can enhance student's lives now and help to preserve memories forever!

Dear United Way of Forsyth County,

First of all, thank you for your contributions to our yearbook classroom. We will be using out the new camera to take higher quality pictures for our annual publication in order to better preserve memories from this school year. The camera will also allow us to make sure our large staff has enough technology so that there will be less disagreements over who gets to use certain cameras which day.

This camera is newer and better than our current cameras, so we are very excited about our new technology. Plus, we were excited to name it. His name is Jax. We have already used him to take pictures at school events, like football games. The pictures we took with him were significantly improved from last year. We are thrilled to use Jax at future events. He is actually many student's personal favorite to use!

With gratitude,
Ms. Lynch's class

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First started for the 2012 presidential election, National Voter Registration Day has become a 50-state holiday when thousands of organizations and volunteers organize to ensure our family, friends, and neighbors are registered to vote. As a non-partisan coalition of organizations, National Voter Registration Day is the perfect opportunity to get involved no matter what party you support or which issues matter most to you. National Voter Registration Day ... See MoreSee Less

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