Hearing books read aloud benefits older students, enhancing language arts instruction and building a community of readers. Learn more here
The science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts. It’s long been known that drawing something helps a person remember it. A new study shows that drawing is superior to activities such as reading or writing because it forces the person to process information in multiple ways: visually, kinesthetically, and semantically. Across a series of experiments, researchers found drawing information to be a powerful way to boost memory, increasing recall by nearly double. Read more here.
Most educators are eager to expand our knowledge about a wide range of topics. Podcasts are a fantastic way to learn—you can listen to them while driving to work, cleaning your classroom, walking the dog, or preparing dinner. Here is a collection of podcasts that aren’t about education but can still help teachers find new ways to think about their work. Learn more here .
Today, April 19, 2019 marks the celebration of both the first night of Passover and Good Friday. Not coincidentally these holidays often coincide. Each holiday is a bittersweet reflection of deliverance from despair. Each holiday also, an opportunity to build community, to support each other as we reflect on how we have over come adversity in our own lives.
No matter your faith tradition, the story arc from despair to joy, from enslavement to self-determination, from sinner to neighbor is a common thread. For those of us whose careers have led us to serve the homeless, people struggling with addiction, mental illness, poverty we see the living embodiment of this struggle every day.
As we enter this weekend of reflection, I challenge you to think of the 650+ folks we have helped house this year alone. As we continue to work towards a system where there are zero chronically homeless people this is the data we must use to rewrite the narrative that people can’t get housed. It is not correct to say there are people who cannot be housed. People are getting housed and being successful staying housed. We are housing people with addiction, mental illness, zero income, with lengthy criminal histories we are even housing people who are schizophrenic or sex offenders.
This week we have 12 names on our by-name list. 17 names are on our not-by- name list. This list was once over 200 people.
As you celebrate this weekend, or simply enjoy the company of your loved ones, take time to reflect on the power you felt in your life when someone believed in you, believed that you could overcome adversity. Think about the power of being in community, in relationship with others. And on Monday, let us each come to work and believe that together we are a mighty force and together we can help our last 29 chronically homeless folks find housing.
- Andrea Kurtz
As many of you know, in 2005 our community committed to ending chronic homelessness. This milestone is only a part of the larger vision our Continuum of Care (COC) has for homeless services to become a housing crisis response system that helps people facing a housing crisis stabilize their housing. The proof point of ending chronic homelessness is only a stepping stone on this path. One step we are imminently close to taking! When we made the commitment as a community to end chronic homelessness, there were over 200 folks in our community who were chronically homeless. Today we have only 12!
We have come a long way as a community of practice serving people experiencing homelessness. The changes we have made over the last 14 years to our system have been monumental…including the development of rapid re-housing, coordinated assessment, governance re-design, improved partnerships with HAWS, the VA, DSS, WFUBMC, better data collection and improved use of data in decision making. We have also strengthened our culture of partnership and collaboration including shelter/medical care partnerships at both Bethesda Center and Samaritan Ministries, the HAWS collaborative between Bethesda Center and HAWS, the sophisticated partnership between Cities with Dwellings and local faith communities to manage our winter over-flow and to support the development of supportive community as people transition into permanent housing.
This week, 8 of us attended the Built for Zero convening in Atlanta where we received training, guidance and support for innovative ways to better support you as we continue our progress towards Zero. As we have over the past several years since joining BFZ, we will continue to share this knowledge through Action Camps, the operating cabinet, and other work groups and partnerships across our CoC. A key concept of this work is continuous improvement. A key concept of continuous improvement is to “test” or try something on a small scale before bringing a change to full scale, as a way to learn what works or doesn’t work to improve our ability to end homelessness. Through the methodology of Continuous Quality Improvement we have made changes to how we support people getting their disability verification, documenting their length of time homelessness, orientations, improved housing search and placement and many other areas of our system.
In January at our CoC retreat, we committed to ending chronic homelessness by June 30! When we hit this milestone, it will be because of hard work, dedication, and compassion for serving our homeless neighbors.
I am committing in these last three months to this goal to sending out a weekly update celebrating the work we are doing as a CoC to end homelessness— all homelessness.
Andrea S. Kurtz
WINSTON-SALEM, NC — The 2019 Annual Forsyth Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards Breakfast was held April 17, 2019 where local volunteers were recognized for their commitment and service to the Winston Salem – Forsyth County community.
The Forsyth County Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards recognizes and honors volunteers who have made significant contributions to Forsyth County through volunteer service. Created by the Office of the Governor in 1979 as a way to honor the true spirit of volunteerism, the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards are held annually in each of the State’s 100 counties. Any person, group, or business from the public, non-profit or private sector serving Forsyth County may be nominated for the award.
This year’s recipients and their categories are:
Elite Canine’s Comfort Dogs- Animals
HanesBrands, Inc.- Corporate Business
Deanna Perez- Cultural
Robin Pardella- Director of Volunteers
Maya Agger- Disaster
Liz Price- Environment
Darlene Talbot- Faith-Based
The Shepherd’s Center Singers- Group/Team
Charles Poteat- Health and Human Services
Myrtie Davis- Lifetime Achievement
Moriah Gendy- National Service
The Legendary Labelers- Perseverance in Volunteerism
Joseph Turner- Senior
Dr. Richard Gray- Serving Youth
Camilla Washington- Veterans/Military Families
The People’s Choice Award, which is voted upon by members of the public through the Winston Salem Journal website, was awarded to Myrtie Davis.
The Forsyth County Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards are sponsored locally by HandsOn NWNC, United Way of Forsyth County, Salem College, and the Winston-Salem Journal on behalf of the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service and the Office of Governor.
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United Way of Forsyth County brings the community and its resources together to solve problems that no one organization can address alone.
- There are 13 chronically homeless folks on the By-name List.
- 2 Chronically Homeless folks were housed this week! WOOHOO!
- 10 folks from the BNL were matched to a supportive housing program.
Should employers give their employees a bigger say in the company’s charitable giving?
Many philanthropy experts say they should and corporations are taking heed, shifting more of their philanthropic dollars to matching-gift and paid-volunteer programs, and encouraging employees to sit on grant-making committees and vote on specific initiatives.
The move reflects a change in thinking about corporate philanthropy, which increasingly is being seen as a way to recruit and retain employees. Amid the shift, nonprofit organizations such as United Way Worldwide are changing how they work with companies, so that employees have a bigger role in corporate-giving campaigns. Read more here.
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United Way of Forsyth County Employee Selected for Worldwide Leadership Program
Winston Salem, NC, Mark Uren, VP, Resource Development, United Way of Forsyth County, has been selected to participate in United Way Worldwide’s Advanced Leadership Program. The Advanced Leadership program is an accelerated year-long leadership development experience designed for senior level professionals (c-suite and vice presidents) that have demonstrated results and capacity to lead United Way.
“United Way of Forsyth County is proud that Mark was chosen to be a member of the next class of the Advanced Leadership Program,” Cindy Gordineer, CEO and President, United Way of Forsyth County .
“We are pleased that Mark is among the best and brightest of United Way. It is leaders like Mark that will engage with the next generation of donors and carry our mission into the 21st century.”
Selection for the Advanced Leadership Program is based on performance, potential and core competencies. Applications for the program come from the worldwide network of 12,850 people and are open to those working across all departments and groups. This program is available to eighteen applicants each year.
“Leadership development is critical for building the pipeline of future leaders for the global United Way network,” said Amy Dinofrio, Vice-President of Human Resources, Talent and Board Development at United Way Worldwide. “Identifying high-performing and high-potential employees enables us to build a culture of top performing talent and ensures we will continue to effectively serve the unmet needs of every person in every community.”
The 2019 Advanced Leadership Program runs from January 2019 – October 2019 and requires participants to take part in a series in-depth learning events. For more information please visit: https://www.unitedway.org/careers/working-at-united-way
About United Way of Forsyth County: United Way of Forsyth County brings the community and its resources together to solve problems that no one organization can address alone . For more information about United Way of Forsyth County, please visit forsythunitedway.org. Follow us on Twitter: @UWForsyth and Facebook: @uwforsyth .
About United Way
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Supported by 2.9 million volunteers, 9.8 million donors worldwide and $4.7 billion raised every year, United Way is the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. We’re engaged in 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create sustainable solutions to the challenges facing our communities. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information about United Way, please visit UnitedWay.org. Follow us on Twitter: @UnitedWay