This Is the Way the College ‘Bubble’ Ends

For the past few decades, the unstoppable increase in college tuition has been a fact of life, like death and taxes. The sticker price of American college increased nearly 400 percent in the last 30 years, while median household income growth was relatively flat. Student debt soared to more than $1 trillion, the result of loans to cover the difference. Read more here.



Press Release: Volunteers Will Hit the Streets to Count People Experiencing Homelessness on July 26, 2017

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Volunteers Will Hit the Streets to Count People Experiencing Homelessness on July 26, 2017

Twice a year, the lives of people experiencing homelessness have a greater potential to be changed, thanks to a program coordinated by United Way of Forsyth County (UWFC) and the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Continuum of Care.

Starting at 8 p.m. on July 26, 2017, dozens of volunteers will meet at Samaritan Ministries 414 E NW Blvd, and hit the streets throughout the night to count the number of people sleeping outside. The exercise, called Homeless Point-in-Time Count is a one-day, unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families that happens across the country.

The event is part of a national initiative to measure and combat chronic homelessness. The goal is to give the local and federal government an idea of how many people are experiencing homelessness in the area, and to make sure there are enough appropriate services to help them.

Volunteers will be organized into groups of four or five and in two shifts, 8pm-12am and 1am-4am. Organizers will be assembling bags of necessities to hand out to homeless men and women and are seeking donations of individual tissue packets, sun screen, bottled water, canned foods with pop-tops or pre-packaged food, and plastic utensils.

Before the volunteers take to the streets, they will receive training on personal safety, how to identify homeless individuals, where homeless individuals may be sleeping and how to survey individuals experiencing homelessness.

For more information or to register to volunteer, contact Kathleen  Wiener at or 336.721.9378.

Community residents may register here:

In October 2015, Winston-Salem was certified as having met the goal of ending veteran homelessness. Now the community is attempting to end chronic homelessness by 2017. Both of these milestones are part of Built for Zero, a national campaign to end veteran and chronic homelessness.

Information learned from previous counts has helped officials to develop more efficient resource programs to better serve those experiencing homelessness .


United Way of Forsyth County brings the community and its resources together to solve problems that no one organization can address alone.

Press Release: United Way of Forsyth County Thanks Community for their Support and Pledges to Continue To Make a Difference

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – United Way of Forsyth County (UWFC) raised a 2016 campaign total of $15.1 million, officials announced today. The annual campaign was part of UWFC’s total revenues of $18.2 million.

“We want to extend a special thanks to each of our generous donors, corporate supporters, volunteers and advocates who supported, enriched, and created positive change for the future of our community,” said John C. Fox, campaign chair and Chairman, Mid-Atlantic Region of First Tennessee Bank, National Association.

During the UWFC 2016 campaign, more than 19,530 donated, touching more than 72,000 Forsyth County residents through UWFC funded programs.

“When you give to United Way of Forsyth County, your dollars affect positive change in the lives of Forsyth County residents in a way that is unmatched by any other single organization,” said Cindy Gordineer, UWFC president and CEO.

Since 1923, UWFC has been leading the charge to make lasting improvements in Forsyth County.  Throughout its history, UWFC has been the community’s unifying force, bringing together community leaders, faith-based groups, corporations, non-profits and governments to work collaboratively.


Podcast: United Way Adds Value to Communities and Companies by Forging Impactful Partnerships

Hear how we ensure United Way adds value to communities and companies by forging impactful partnerships.

On the pod, Chris Preston, Vice President, Corporate Relations for United Way Worldwide, joins the show. Chris talks about how United Way is shifting as workplace giving and philanthropy itself shifts, what he’s seen over the past few years in regards to CSR and corporate giving, and gives some ideas and insights to organizations of all sizes looking to partner with companies to raise money and make a bigger impact- Listen here

Press Release: United Way Forsyth County to Distribute Free Prescription Savings Cards to Forsyth County Residents

Winston-Salem, NC – July 19, 2017 – 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, 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.

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About The FamilyWize Community Partnership: FamilyWize is a community service partnership focused on improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Through our partnerships with United Way and more than 100,000 community organizations, government agencies, pharmacies, health systems and businesses, we are making prescription medications more affordable and more accessible.

United Way of Forsyth County brings the community and its resources together to solve problems that no one organization can address alone.


Students Get Paid to Attend Summer School, but See Other Rewards

Chris Allen readily admits he was in it for the money.

But after completing Hillcrest High School’s summer academy, he realized a much greater payoff: a confident start to high school.

Earlier this summer, the formerly “shy kid” who rarely raised his hand in his middle school classes, addressed incoming freshmen and their parents about the benefits of the school’s summer bridge program, which offers intensive instruction and pays students who regularly attend and complete their work.

Read more here .


Speak Up to Build Stronger Communities

Join us in calling on Congress to recognize the strong value of federal programs that build the capacity of people to thrive and succeed, and pass an appropriations bill that reflects our nation’s value of opportunity for all.

On Thursday, July 13 at 4:30pm ET, the Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill is scheduled to be marked up in the House subcommittee.

This bill includes spending allocations for critical social services, including afterschool, early childhood education and job training programs. The House subcommittee is expected to vote on a $3 billion cut to these programs, representing a dramatic reduction in our nation’s safety net.

Your elected officials need to hear from constituents like YOU about the importance of funding health, education, and financial stability programs that improve opportunities for all.

Cuts to afterschool, national service and homeless assistance programs have real consequences for real people – especially teachers, young children with special needs, working families, and students with school debt.

Can we count on you to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of your community? Join us in calling on Congress to recognize the strong value of federal programs that build the capacity of people to thrive and succeed, and pass an appropriations bill that reflects our nation’s value of opportunity for all.

For the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bill, we’re aiming to send 2,018 letters to Congress in support of robust investments in health, education, and financial stability. We’re three-quarters of the way there. Help us reach that goal!

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Blog: Installing a Love of Reading in Young Children

Nearly one third of Florida’s third graders attending public school can’t read at minimally proficient levels.  And, unless they improve their skills, these kids are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

That’s where United Way’s ReadingPals comes in. We know research shows that reading aloud to kids can help them develop into strong readers – a building block for a lifetime of academic success. ReadingPals connects passionate, committed volunteers with preschoolers who need a little extra help getting ready for kindergarten.

For 30 minutes each week, volunteers help kids build vocabulary and other social skills by reading high-quality books and engaging them in interactive learning activities.

For the past five years, ReadingPals has provided more than 1,700 children with more than 7,000 hours of reading intervention and meaningful activities, along with more than 5,000 take-home books. Currently, 15 United Ways throughout Florida are participating in the initiative.

“It has been genuinely heartwarming to witness the progress each child I’ve worked with has made,” said John L. Callaway, III, who is entering his third year as a ReadingPals volunteer.

Book donations are key, because increasing the number of books available to children at home increases the likelihood of that child engaging in reading voluntarily, which improves their overall literacy skills. ReadingPals offers early learning beyond the classroom by providing each child with a minimum of four take-home books, along with activities to promote kindergarten readiness. At the end of the program, each child receives a “Transition to Kindergarten” kit that includes books and a calendar of summer activities for families.

You can do your part to provide positive reinforcement and personal attention to a child who can benefit from a little extra reading support.  Reach out to your local United Way today to find out how you can help a struggling child in your community discover the wonders of reading.

Christine Sanchez