Press Release: HanesBrands Announces the Company and Its Employees Have Pledged $2.1 Million This Year for the United Way of Forsyth County

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HanesBrands announced that the company and its employees have pledged $2.1 million this year for the United Way of Forsyth County and surrounding communities, as well as donated food items and volunteer hours to community agencies as part of its 10th award-winning charitable fundraising campaign.The United Way of North Carolina awarded Hanes with its Spirit of North Carolina Award for campaign excellence, the eighth consecutive Spirit Award and 10th earned in the past 11 years by Hanes and its employees.

“We are proud to be partners with all of the Spirit Award winners,” said Cindy Gordineer, UWFC President and CEO. “They demonstrate outstanding commitment for change by volunteering their time and talent, and giving generously to make a difference in our community.”

In addition to pledging $2.1 million for United Way of Forsyth County in 2017, the company and its employees have contributed more than $23.5 million to United Way agencies since 2006.

“I’m very proud of the positive contributions to our community’s quality of life that our campaigns make,” said Hanes campaign chairperson James Francis, a vice president of procurement for the company. “This campaign year marks the 10th time the company and its employees have received this special recognition. This award wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the generosity of our employees.”

As part of the company’s campaign, employees also donated 10,000 nonperishable food items and $13,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C., one of United Way’s partners. Additionally, Hanes granted paid time off to nearly 400 headquarters employees to volunteer for a Day of Caring at 12 local community agencies. Employee volunteers contributed thousands of volunteer hours performing various tasks at the agencies including landscaping, painting, administrative duties, and more.

During the weeklong campaign, activities held on campus included a kickoff celebration, silent auctions, and an agency fair that provided employees an opportunity to learn about the various local non-profit agencies in attendance.

“Our corporate partner campaigns are critically important to reaching our goals within the community,” said Gordineer. “Passionate and caring workplaces like HanesBrands help Forsyth County create positive change, and great things happen when we Live United.”


HanesBrands, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia/Pacific under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, Playtex, DIM, Bali, Maidenform, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, L´eggs, Wonderbra, Nur Die/Nur Der, Lovable, Berlei, and Gear for Sports. The company sells T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear produced in the company’s low-cost global supply chain. A member of the S&P 500 stock index, Hanes has approximately 70,000 employees in more than 40 countries and is ranked No. 448 on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest companies by sales. Hanes takes pride in its strong reputation for ethical business practices. The company is the only apparel producer to ever be honored by the Great Place to Work Institute for its workplace practices in Central America and the Caribbean, and is ranked No. 167 on the Forbes magazine list of America’s Best Employers. For seven consecutive years, Hanes has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star sustained excellence/partner of the year award – the only apparel company to earn sustained excellence honors. The company ranks No. 172 on Newsweek magazine’s green list of 500 largest U.S. companies for environmental achievement. For more information about the company and its corporate social responsibility initiatives, including environmental, social compliance and community improvement achievements go to, and connect on Facebook ( and Twitter (@hanesbrands).


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Press Release: Five local Organizations Named Recipients of Spirit of North Carolina Award

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Five Forsyth County organizations, who were named recipients of the United Way of North Carolina’s prestigious Spirit of North Carolina Award, will be honored at the state-wide annual award Luncheon, noon, at the Sheraton Hotel & Koury Convention Center, 3121 West Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro, on February 17.

Nominated by United Way of Forsyth County (UWFC), the recipients are Aladdin Travel and Meeting Planners, City of Winston-Salem, B/E Aerospace, Reynolds American and HanesBrands Inc.

Each year, United Way of North Carolina recognizes companies and organizations that have demonstrated strong community support through local United Way involvement.  The Spirit of North Carolina Awards celebrate the partnership of people working together, united to develop and implement innovative solutions for long-term community challenges.

Businesses, professional and non-profit organizations, governmental entities, healthcare and educational institutions—large and small— who are champions for change are nominated for the award. They are community leaders that raise their voice to share the story of their community, volunteer their time and expertise, and invest their resources.

“We are proud to be partners with all of the Spirit Award winners. They demonstrate outstanding commitment for change by volunteering their time and talent, and giving generously to make a difference to our community,” said Cindy Gordineer, UWFC president and CEO.

Winners were determined by a panel of 18 judges from United Way organizations across the state. For more information about the Spirit of North Carolina Award and a complete list of winners, visit

Press Release: National 2-1-1 Day Celebrated on Saturday to Increase Awareness of United Way’s Free Resources Service Number

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – United Way of Forsyth County (UWFC) is partnering with United Way Worldwide to celebrate National 2-1-1 Day on Saturday, February 11, to recognize and spread awareness about the free resource number and website.

Supported by United Way, the 2-1-1 program was first launched 1997 as a way to connect people with essential resources in their communities. The free, confidential, easy to remember phone number and website ( connects Forsyth County residents to essential community information and services such as healthcare, rent and mortgage assistance, food and shelter, job training, transportation, childcare, senior care, veteran services and much more.

Since its inception, more than 17 million people have dialed 2-1-1 on their phones in the United States for assistance. Among that 17 million, major areas of assistance have included 4.7 million callers for housing and utilities assistance, 2.8 million for food and meals, 1.1 million for healthcare and healthy life choice and 183,000 for education assistance.

In North Carolina, 2-1-1 data reveals that more than 142,000 total requests were received in the past year.  In Forsyth County, where the poverty rate is 18.6 percent, higher than the state’s 17.5 percent rate, top 2-1-1 requests are 25.8 percent for housing and shelter, utilities 12.1 percent, healthcare 9.3 percent and food 7.8 percent. In the category of housing and shelter, rent assistance is the top request at 42.3 percent.

“Each and every day, someone in our county needs essential services. Whether they need help for a weather disaster or in everyday situations such as finding free tax preparation sites, 2-1-1 powered by United Way helps them find important health and human services in our local community,” said Cindy Gordineer, UWFC president and CEO.

To get more information and help with housing, utilities, crisis, emergency, health and food assistance, call 211 or visit

Press Release: Local Children’s Book Author Donates, Hopes to Get Books in Schools around the Nation One Day

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – With a dream of getting his books in schools around the country, a local author, illustrator and designer has paid it forward by donating to the United Way of Forsyth County‘s (UWFC) book drive to benefit elementary and middle school students.

Terelle Coley, of Winston-Salem, a former art teacher who now works in the non-profit sector, has high hopes for making a difference in the education of kids from pre-Kindergarten to third grade.  His book The Jungle Family is first in a series of Colani Designs children’s book collection, to address such issues as blended families, being different, bullying, love and family. Coley decided to donate a portion of his first collection after seeing the UWFC’s Facebook event post about the purpose of the UWFC’s children’s book drive.

While focused on elementary and middle schools, UWFC’s book drive is part of a larger ambition to increase high school graduation rates in Forsyth County.  UWFC has invested $1.2 million with the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools as part of its Project Graduation — an ongoing initiative to raise the district’s graduation rate to 90 percent by 2018.  From a start rate of 70 percent, the current graduation rate is at 85.8%. That means there are 2,509 graduates who would not have graduated pre-2007. The average graduate earns $400,000 more in a lifetime than a drop out.  That amounts to a $1.004 billion impact on the community. Those statistics can improve with a 90 percent graduation rate.

“I am very happy to support the United Way, the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, and increasing high school graduation rates in Forsyth County, all with one donation,” said Coley, a Kenly, NC, native who worked as a teacher in Fayetteville and Charlotte area school districts.

“From being part of a blended family to bullying, race and so many other issues in schools, children these days are exposed to a lot. We want to give them positive lessons and messages about family, friendships and that giving and receiving love has nothing to do with race or color,” Coley said.

In a unique way of expressing colors and characters, the book exposes children to worldwide cultures, education, as well as trendy designs for children and parents, as Coley has designed bow ties for kids and parents.

“Originally I designed bow ties featuring colorful images of the book’s characters for the kids, but parents started asking for them too,” Coley said, noting he created bow ties because kids identify well with bow ties.

Coley said the book was initially an experiment to share with friends, but once they saw it, he sold 50 copies and 60 bow ties in two weeks. Part of the book’s proceeds will go to starting a youth center in his hometown.

“Kids tend to get in trouble when they have nothing to do, so we want to make sure we address that with fun, interesting and constructive things.”

For information on The Jungle Family books, call 704-608-7232.