Press Release: United Way Receives Check from AT&T

atandtcheckpresentation-092816smAT&T presented United Way of Forsyth County a check September 28 as a contribution to the 2016 annual campaign. The presentation occurred at the Carl Russell Community Center, a strong community resource located on Carver School Road.

The center is home to an AT&T high speed internet computer lab that serves local children and their families, some of whom otherwise may not have access to computers. This computer lab served as the program launch location of NETT (Neighborhood Empowerment Through Technology). The NETT program offers a series of free computer classes with vocational training and employment assistance.  Other organizations partnering with the city on NETT in addition to the United Way of Forsyth County, include the Winston-Salem Urban League, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC), Forsyth County Public Library, and WinstonNet.

NETT is one of twenty-one new programs that are part of a larger United Way initiative called Place Matters. Place Matters serves thirteen neighborhoods in the northeast part of Winston Salem and uses an asset based approach, collaborates with residents and partners with local non-profit and grass roots organizations to strengthen the community as a whole.

Kathleen Evans, Regional Director, External Affairs, Piedmont Triad AT&T; Mayor Pro Tempore, Dr. Vivian Burke, United Way President/CEO Cindy Gordineer, and Mr. Ben Piggett,  Sr. Center Supervisor of the Carl Russell Community Center were all in attendance at the presentation.

Cindy Gordineer, President/CEO, United Way notes, “We are extremely appreciative of AT&T’s support of these important and vital initiatives. They enhance our communities and provide opportunities for continued growth.”

United Way of Forsyth County believes quality of life relies on education, financial stability, health, and basic needs. All four are critical and interdependent to the collective success of our community. United Way of Forsyth County creates positive change in the community by aligning resources and strategic partners to achieve measurable, lasting results. We invest in improving student success and the high school graduation rate, increasing financial stability among lower-income individuals and families, broadening access to health care and providing critical assistance to those facing immediate crisis. Learn more about our work and rediscover the why behind the way at www.forsythunitedway.org.

PRESS RELEASE: United Way Forsyth County CEO and President Cindy Gordineer Attends United Way Leaders College Promise Meeting at the White House

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United Way Forsyth County CEO and President Cindy Gordineer Attends United Way Leaders College Promise Meeting at the White House

In the 2015 State of the Union, the President called on the country to make two years of community college free for responsible students across the country.

On September 12, 2016, United Way of Forsyth County President and CEO, Cindy Gordineer attended a meeting at the White House with Senior Administration Officials, fellow United Way CEO’s and United Way Worldwide CEO Brian Gallagher for a high level discussion of the mutual goals and how this work might advance in North Carolina and Forsyth County.

The America’s College Promise proposal would create a new partnership with states to help them waive tuition in high-quality programs for responsible students, while promoting key reforms to help more students complete at least two years of college. Restructuring the community college experience, coupled with free tuition, can lead to gains in student enrollment, persistence, and completion transfer, and employment.

Gordineer notes, “It was an honor to be invited to be a part of this important conversation. It is a crucial extension of our ongoing work and efforts to increase educational attainment in Forsyth County. We know that by 2020 an estimated 65 percent of available jobs will require at least some college or an associate’s degree.  We will continue our efforts to impact positive change in our educational system and propel our community forward.”

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United Way of Forsyth County believes quality of life relies on education, financial stability, health, and basic needs. All four are critical and interdependent to the collective success of our community. United Way of Forsyth County creates positive change in the community by aligning resources and strategic partners to achieve measurable, lasting results. We invest in improving student success and the high school graduation rate, increasing financial stability among lower-income individuals and families, broadening access to health care and prescription medications to the un- and under-insured, and providing critical assistance to those facing immediate crisis. Learn more about our work and rediscover the why behind the way at www.forsythunitedway.org. 

PRESS RELEASE: United Way of Forsyth County Kicks Off 2016 Campaign

Picture 1United Way of Forsyth County kicked off its 2016 Annual Campaign at the 5th Annual Moonlight Madness Run August 26, 2016 at Bailey Park. This was the first year that the United Way sponsored Moonlight Madness which had previously been organized by the city of Winston-Salem.

The Kickoff event is the start of United Way’s annual fundraising effort and United Way team members, partner agencies and volunteers were joined by more than 590 participants in the Fun Run and 5K race. Sponsors included Windsor Jewelers, Foothills Brewing, Mellow Mushroom, The City of Winston-Salem, RAI and The Millennium Center.

“It’s wonderful how the community supports the United Way mission of building stronger lives for everyone in Forsyth County,” says John Fox, Chairman, First Tennessee Bank Mid-Atlantic Region and the 2016 Community Campaign Chair. “We are so fortunate to live in a community where more than 30,000 donors take part in the campaign each year. People in Forsyth County understand the value of investing in education, financial stability, healthier lives and basic needs of our neighbors.  They recognize that when they give through United Way, we can solve problems that none of us can solve alone.”

The theme of this year’s community campaign is “The Why Behind the Way.” The goals of United Way of Forsyth County reach beyond raising money, but also include educating community members about major issues and encouraging involvement.

“Although we’re proud of our successes, such as investing to help increase high school graduation rates from 71% in 2008 to 85.7% in 2016, many individuals and families in our community continue to struggle on a daily basis.  One in three children and one in four adults live in poverty and that impacts every aspect of their lives,” says Fox. “United Way collaborates and invests with partners to tackle the tough challenges and make a real impact.”

United Way’s annual campaign is a vital part of the organization’s work because the funds raised go to support local programs in the community. Last year, United Way Forsyth County funded forty-four local agencies with $10.8 million in funding focusing on the fundamentals of a good life: health, education, and financial stability.

United Way of Forsyth County believes quality of life relies on education, financial stability, health, and basic needs. All four are critical and interdependent to the collective success of our community. United Way of Forsyth County creates positive change in the community by aligning resources and strategic partners to achieve measurable, lasting results. We invest in improving student success and the high school graduation rate, increasing financial stability among lower-income individuals and families, broadening access to health care and prescription medications to the un- and under-insured, and providing critical assistance to those facing immediate crisis. Learn more about our work and rediscover the why behind the way at www.forsythunitedway.org.