Winston Salem Journal Editorial

JOHN C. FOX, Winston-Salem

Season of giving

During this season of giving, United Way of Forsyth County extends a special thank you to our generous donors, volunteers and advocates who support, enrich and create positive change for the future of our community.

For 93 years, United Way has led the charge to make lasting improvements in Forsyth County. United Way has forged partnerships and funded programs that are far-reaching and impactful.

While we have accomplished a great deal, there is still much to do. In Forsyth County, one in three children and one in five of all residents live in poverty and more than 60,000 residents are hungry or facing food insecurity. In North Carolina, more than two out of three eighth-graders do not demonstrate math proficiency.

When you donate to United Way, your dollars affect change in the lives of Forsyth County residents that is unmatched by any other single organization. In 2017, we will continue our work building partnerships.

Donate to United Way and you can help the work we do to reduce poverty, feed the hungry, increase high-school graduation rates, create financial stability and help families with their basic needs.

On behalf of the dedicated United Way of Forsyth County staff, administration and board, here’s to wishing you a joyous holiday season and a New Year filled with peace and happiness! Thank you for your continued support.

John C. Fox is the United Way campaign chairman. — the editor

Press Release: Four AmeriCorps VISTA Members Assigned to United Way of Forsyth County

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Four AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA) members were recently assigned to assist United Way of Forsyth County (UWFC) with their goal of building capacity and solutions to ending poverty countywide.

Alexander Batson, Brianna Lowery, Christina Spence and Jordan Thomas are all assigned to one year of service at UWFC. Their primary objective is to increase the ability of UWFC and its partners to implement effective long-term solutions necessary to ensure economically disadvantaged individuals, families and children can thrive.

Batson, a Charlotte native, earned his bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). He serves as a data and research specialist for UWFC’s Forsyth Promise, a diverse partnership that brings community organizations together to make sure every child in Forsyth County has a chance to thrive in school, in work, and in life.

Lowery, of Charlotte, earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies from UNCC. She is working as a housing strategies development specialist, as part of UWFC’s mission to ensure Forsyth County’s residents have their basic needs met so they are able to strive towards a better life.

Spence, of Wilmington, NC, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Appalachian State University and her master’s degree in Social Work from East Carolina University. She is working as a Forsyth Promise community engagement & education specialist.

Thomas, a native of Chapel Hill, earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Duke University. He is working as a community-based initiative specialist. UWFC community-based initiatives are designed to improve underlying conditions.

AmeriCorps VISTA members make a one-year, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance and health benefits during their service, and have the option of receiving a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend after completing their service. About 8,000 AmeriCorps VISTAs are placed each year in more than 1,100 projects in low-income communities around the country to support community efforts to overcome poverty. Today, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty, according to AmeriCorps VISTA.