United Way’s young leaders are tomorrow’s philanthropists and community leaders.

YLU-Logo_2015Open to those 40 and under, Young Leaders United harnesses the energy of young professionals who want to impact lives and create a better community for all. Members are encouraged to volunteer 24 hours annually in the community, enjoy exclusive leadership development, social networking opportunities and hands on ways to make a difference.

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“Young Leaders United enriches me to become a better community leader by engaging with others collaboratively to make positive and real impacts in our community.”

-Melissa Martin, Forsyth County Chair, Young Leaders United

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2017 Professional Development  

Young Leaders United provides exclusive community leadership and professional development opportunities! One way we do this is through our “Lunch With Leaders” series. United Way and corporate chapters of YLU generously host professional development luncheons with leaders from various companies and non-profits in our community. FREE LUNCH provided!


When: August 17th, 2017

Where: Wake Downtown, 455 Vine St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Who: Mayor Allen Joines

United Way is excited to host this month’s Lunch with Leaders featuring Mayor Allen Joines.

Allen Joines was elected Mayor of the City of Winston-Salem in November 2001. He was re elected in 2005, 2009, 2013, and again in 2016, becoming the longest serving Mayor in the history of the city.

As Mayor, he has concentrated on rebuilding the economy and unifying the community. During Mayor Joines’ first term, over 4,000 jobs were created through recruitment of new companies. He continued to emphasize job development, and more than 40 companies have relocated or expanded in Winston-Salem, creating an additional 10,000 new jobs. He continues to work to create additional jobs thru recruitment, expansion of existing companies, and new business start-ups. His goal is for Winston-Salem to be one of the top 50 metro areas in the country by the year 2020.

He lead the implementation of the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness Commission in 2006; and as a result of this work, it has been reduced by over 60%. In March 2012, Mayor Joines launched his Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative to help educate children seven to ten years of age, and their parents, about the importance of good nutrition and exercise. He has formed an initiative to work on reducing poverty in Winston-Salem and is making that one of his top priorities.

Mayor Joines was voted one of the “Most Influential” people in the Triad for 2006 thru 2015. In 2013, the Winston-Salem Journal named him one of the fifty individuals who helped shape Winston-Salem in its first one hundred years.

To RSVP, email us: young.leaders@uwforsyth.org



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International Friendship Day
Jul 30 all-day
International Friendship Day

The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

The resolution (A/RES/65/275) places particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.



United Way and FamilyWize Prescription Card Distribution Event @ Wentz Memorial Church
Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
United Way and FamilyWize Prescription Card Distribution Event @ Wentz Memorial Church

United Way of Forsyth County and FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, are partnering to distribute prescription cards to residents of Forsyth County.

“No one should be forced to choose between paying for food, rent or medicine because of the high cost of prescriptions. That’s why we’ve partnered with FamilyWize to distribute free prescription savings cards to residents in Forsyth County” said Cindy Gordineer, President and CEO of United Way of Forsyth County.

FamilyWize cards can immediately lower the cost of medicine by an average of 42 percent or more for people without insurance or who take medications not covered by their plan. Just by presenting the FamilyWize card at their local pharmacy, customers save on the cost of their prescription medicine, no strings attached.
“So many people are struggling with the high cost of medicine and need help right now. The FamilyWize card can provide immediate savings on prescription medicines, with no paperwork or forms to fill out,” said Susan Gilmore, Executive Director of Community Engagement of FamilyWize.

The FamilyWize prescription savings card can be used by anyone, including people without insurance and people with insurance but have high deductibles. The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card has unlimited use, does not require any personal information from the user and has no eligibility criteria.

To take advantage of the savings that FamilyWize offers, consumers can print a card from FamilyWize.org, can call 1-800-222-2818 and request a card to be sent to them, or can download the free FamilyWize app. Staff members from United Way of Forsyth County will be on hand to distribute cards at The Health Fair which will be August 12th at Wentz Memorial United Church of Christ from 11-3.

World Humanitarian Day
Aug 19 all-day
World Humanitarian Day

It’s a day to pay tribute to all people affected by humanitarian crises and those who lost their lives in humanitarian service. It’s a day to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.