State contact: Julia Van Patter
United Way of North Carolina
Media contact: Joelle Polisky 615-516-0358
jpolisky@goshiftkey.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

United Ways ask families across North Carolina to complete this important survey to assess the economic impact of COVID-19
Cary, North Carolina. United Way of North Carolina launches a statewide survey today to assess how COVID-19 has impacted community members across the state. All North Carolina families are invited to complete the United Way of North Carolina COVID-19 survey at this link: http://www.covidsurveync.org/
The outcome report will reflect all individual responses, which are confidential. The online survey will remain open through Aug. 21. Preliminary results from the survey will be released in September. “United Way would like to give a voice to those individuals and families
experiencing hardships, some for the first time ever, due to the impact of COVID-19.” said Laura Zink Marx, United Way of North Carolina President and CEO.
Marx said that this survey represents an opportunity to better understand the impact that COVID19 has had across the state, community by community. “The results will help inform United Ways, state and community leaders in how best to fund solutions and tailor services specific to needs emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said. Before the pandemic hit, many North Carolina households were led by workers unable to earn enough to cover basic expenses and save for an unexpected crisis or job loss.

For many, the economic crisis has stripped available assets and abruptly repositioned families into unfamiliar financial positions. The survey seeks information on a wide range of topics, including the most pressing concerns, job changes, schooling and childcare challenges and economic changes North Carolina families are navigating. “On a daily basis, United Ways throughout North Carolina work hard to serve those suffering from loss of basic needs and sense of security due to workforce interruptions,” said Marx. “As we respond to immediate needs, United Ways are thinking ahead to the next phase of recovery and what will be needed most to help get families back on track.“
The survey is available in English and Spanish. Completing the survey takes about ten minutes. It includes questions such as: What concerns are you facing in the in the weeks and months ahead? “If you’ve felt the economic impact of the COVID19 pandemic, we would
appreciate your taking the time to complete the 10-minute survey,” Marx said. “United Way wants to hear your voice so we can best help inform solutions in local communities. Complete this survey.”

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United Way of North Carolina is a statewide organization, representing 51 local United Way organizations. Our mission is to increase the capability of the United Way system to improve the quality of human life in North Carolina.

PRESS RELEASE: UNITED WAY OF FORSYTH COUNTY AND TRUIST PARTNER WITH FIRST NATIONAL YOUTH POET LAUREATE TO SPREAD MESSAGE OF UNITY 

UNITED WAY OF FORSYTH COUNTY AND TRUIST PARTNER WITH FIRST NATIONAL YOUTH POET LAUREATE TO SPREAD MESSAGE OF UNITY 

(July 29, 2020) At a time when America is confronting historic health, social and economic upheaval, a new television and social media advertising campaign by United Way and Truist Financial Corporation, one of the nation’s largest financial services companies, aims to spark hope and optimism for the future, and the importance of working United to build stronger communities.

The campaign features an original poem, “Live United,” penned by America’s inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate, 22-year-old Amanda Gorman, and inspired by United Way and all that can be achieved when we unite for our communities.  The video can be seen here.

“Live United” gives voice to the on-going partnership and shared commitment between Truist and United Way to build better lives and communities. Ms. Gorman’s clarion call to “. . .dare to care, to be hope-sided” drives home a powerful and hopeful message about the opportunity ahead to build a better America, where every person is respected, every voice is heard and every community thrives.

Truist’s commitment to partnering with United Way to focus on building stronger communities is underscored by the $7 million grant to the United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund as part of the financial services company’s Truist Cares initiative.  Truist Cares is a cooperative effort between Truist Financial Corporation, the Truist Foundation, and the Truist Charitable Fund to pledge $50 million of philanthropic support to provide communities, organizations and individuals disaster relief and assistance during the pandemic.

United Way of Forsyth County and BB&T now Truist have a long history of partnership to support programs and activities that help build a stronger, more resilient Forsyth County.

“Live United” launched nationally earlier this month and is airing in 13 markets across Truist’s corporate footprint (Charlotte, Atlanta, Orlando, Washington DC, Tampa, Miami, Baltimore, Nashville, Dallas, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Norfolk, Raleigh, Richmond) through mid-August.

UWFC President and CEO, Cindy Gordineer notes, “BB&T, now Truist, has long been a supporter of the United Way and the work we do. They have supported our community with their generosity of time, investment and volunteerism. Their investment in the Dare to Care campaign is especially appreciated as we are facing an extremely challenging time in our nation and local community.  It illustrates that hope is not canceled.” 

 

 

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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 nearly 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 www.UnitedWay.org. Follow us on Twitter: @UnitedWay and #LiveUnited.

 

About Truist 

Truist Financial Corporation is a purpose-driven financial services company committed to inspire and build better lives and communities. With 275 years of combined BB&T and SunTrust history, Truist serves approximately 12 million households with leading market share in many high-growth markets in the country. The company offers a wide range of services including retail, small business and commercial banking; asset management; capital markets; commercial real estate; corporate and institutional banking; insurance; mortgage; payments; specialized lending and wealth management. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Truist is the sixth-largest commercial bank in the U.S. with total assets of $506 billion as of March 31, 2020. Truist Bank, Member FDIC. Learn more at Truist.com.

 

About Truist Cares 

Truist Cares is a cooperative effort between Truist Financial Corporation, Truist Foundation, Inc., and Truist Charitable Fund to provide communities, organizations and individuals disaster relief and assistance during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS 

United Way Worldwide
Kim Thore – United Way of Forsyth County

336-341-1534

kim.thore@uwforsyth.org

North Carolinians Deserve Health Care Options : Senate Bill S.808

Regardless of income or access, all North Carolinians deserve whole-person care and the best possible health care outcomes. Medicaid transformation provides much-needed health care options for 1.6 million Medicaid beneficiaries in North Carolina, and it should be a part of the COVID-19 recovery solution.

The NC Medicaid Choice Coalition has been working hard to get Senate Bill 808 onto the Governor’s desk.  This bipartisan bill is asking for Medicaid Transformation to be reactivated as it has been on pause with COVID19.  See the attached information for details on why Medicaid transformation is important :

S808 and Medicaid Transformation

More info can be found here.

 

Important Information About Economic Impact Payments

Learn more about the Economic Impact payments: ECON-IMPACT-PAYMENTS_FAQ-2.

In Spanish: ECON-IMPACT-PAYMENTS_FAQ-2-SPAN

Press Release: NC 211 Handles 50,000 Calls During COVID-19 Response

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 9, 2020

Kim Thore, Chief Marketing Officer

United Way of Forsyth County

Kim.Thore@uwforsyth.org

 

NC 211 Handles 50,000 Calls During COVID-19 Response

 

Winston-Salem, North Carolina – United Way’s 211 has been responding to callers from all corners of the State since Governor Cooper activated NC 211 as part of the State’s response to COVID-19 on March 18th. At 12:34AM on Wednesday May 27th, a 211 Call Specialist handled call number 50,000. From western North Carolina, the caller was seeking help finding a COVID testing site and did not know where to turn. The NC 211 call specialist was able to provide the caller with information on where they could find testing site information and the number for a local health care provider to contact the next morning.

211 Call Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week –and not just during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the support from local United Way organizations across North Carolina, NC 211 is here 365 days a year to help North Carolinians facing individual and family crises. NC 211 offers information and connects to local resources, such as, help paying a utility bill, finding food to make it through the month, or where to turn for support in caring for an aging parent. For 16 years, NC 211 has helped connect North Carolinians to health and human service resources that meet their needs.

“United Way of Forsyth County is proud to support NC 211 and their team of dedicated call specialists, who are working around the clock to offer relevant information to callers during COVID-19” states Cindy Gordineer, President and CEO of United Way of Forsyth County. “This pandemic has impacted community members all across the state and we are grateful to provide this resource during such a difficult time.”

For information about United Way of Forsyth County please contact Kim Thore, Chief Marketing Officer, United Way of Forsyth County.

For more information about the statewide NC 211 system, please contact Heather Black, NC 211 State Director at hblack@unitedwaync.org.

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United Way of North Carolina is a statewide organization, supporting 51 local United Way organizations and administering the 211 system. For more information about NC 211 visit nc211.org or visit nc.211counts.org for a dashboard of caller needs by county or zip code.

The Power of Community: Giving Tuesday Now

We can be United even while we’re apart. Here’s how.

Right now it’s easy to feel isolated. But even though we are apart, we are United. We are still a community. 

We are a community that is full of hand-raisers and doers. One full of people who are strong, compassionate, generous and full of resolve. We know if we come together, we’ll get through this and be stronger on the other side.

We know, because we’ve seen the power of community. The power of this community. 

The Power of Community

United Way of Forsyth County has served this community for 97 years. During that time, we have seen this community face and survive many crises. We have made it through natural disasters, episodes of violence, financial downturns and other hardships by working together, supporting each other and creating innovative solutions to old problems.

During the last two months, this power of community has been on full display as our friends and neighbors have responded to the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses, nonprofit partners and individuals have all answered the call for help. We have seen how acts of kindness big and small create change.

But though there is much to celebrate, many more people still need help. So we are asking generous people in the community like you to do what you always do – come together and give.

A Worldwide Day of Giving and Unity

To add power to this moment, we are asking you to give today on May 5 during #GivingTuesdayNow, a special worldwide event. On this first Tuesday of May, thousands of people and organizations around the world will be coming together in acts of unity and giving as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

What You Can Do

If you are looking for a way to give back and safely connect to your community again, we ask you to donate during #GivingTuesdayNow to www.covid19forsyth.org.

When you give to Covid19 Forsyth on or before May 5, your donation will be directed to organizations that are helping your neighbors who have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Donate today and help show the power of our community.

 

City Panel Awards 23 COVID-19 Response Fund Grants

Twenty-three local agencies and other non-profit groups were selected to receive grants from the city’s portion of the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County.

The largest single grant, of $100,000, went to the Forsyth Backpack Program, which provides weekend meals for hungry children & teens. Grants of $75,000 each were approved for Love Out Loud, the School Health Alliance for Forsyth County and Trellis Supportive Care.

Grants of $50,000 were awarded to Christ Rescue Temple Church, S.G. Atkins Community Development Corp., Care Net Counseling, Nueva Vida and the Exchange Club for the Prevention of Child Abuse of North Carolina. Grants of lesser amounts were approved for 14 other organizations.

The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee reviewed 42 grant applications Friday to determine how to disburse the $1 million the city contributed to the response fund. The fund has raised more than $3.6 million, including the city’s contribution, to make one-time grants to local organizations that assist those economically impacted by the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund is being administered by the United Way and the Winston-Salem Foundation. The city set up a separate process for awarding grants from its $1 million to ensure transparency and citizen input on how the city money is allocated.

A video of Friday’s meeting at which the grant requests were determined is posted under the COVID19 Response Fund link at CityofWS.org/COVID19.

More information about the fund is posted at COVID19Forsyth.org, including answers to frequently asked questions about the fund, its priorities and the grant-making process. A list of grants funded to date through the response fund is posted at www.wsfoundation.org/covid-19-grantees.

The following is the complete list of organizations approved by the city to receive grants, and how they will use the money:

  • Forsyth Backpack Program – $100,000 to purchase pre-packaged “backpacks” containing four shelf-stable, kid-friendly weekend meals to all children coming to select schools for grab-n-go meals provided by the WS/FCS system.
  • Love Out Loud – $75,000 to provide 10,000-12,000 “gap” meals to families and homebound adults, contracting with local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks; to support the efforts of Project Mask WS.
  • School Health Alliance for Forsyth County – $75,000 to continue to operate Comprehensive School-Based Health Center sites, including Ashley Academy and Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy; to expand alliance services to children served by Imprints Cares’ child-care programs for children of essential personnel.
  • Trellis Supportive Care – $75,000 to provide personal protective equipment to patient care staff in order to continue to provide hospice and palliative care to patients, including those without health insurance.
  • Christ Rescue Temple Church – $50,000 to expand its “People Helping People” feeding program to serve seniors, homeless families, healthcare workers, daycare workers, and people of color from low socio-economic communities.
  • S.G. Atkins Community Development Corp. – $50,000 to operate the Enterprise Center’s shared-use kitchen to prepare and distribute 600 free meals per week to the community from May through August 2020, with labor provided by hospitality/food industry workers who have lost their incomes and businesses due to COVID-19.
  • Exchange Club Center For The Prevention Of Child Abuse of North Carolina, Inc. – $50,000 to offer financial assistance to families receiving support through the Welcome Baby and Parent Aide programs and to increase the organization’s capacity to assess families’ needs.
  • CareNet Counseling – $50,000 to provide increased financial assistance for mental health counseling for the uninsured and under-insured.
  • Nueva Vida/New Life – $50,000 to provide daily meals to underprivileged neighborhoods such as Skyline Village and Aster Park and to provide assistance with paying for prescription medicines, rent, and utilities.
  • St. Peter’s We Care House – $49,700 to meet the increased demand for food assistance and to the close the gap in increased requests for basic personal items such as toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
  • Grace Presbyterian Church, USA – $45,320 to expand the capacity of the Healthy Eating and JRAMS programs to provide food assistance and youth engagement in the LaDeara Crest and Carver High School community.
  • Siembra NC – $41,550 to provide financial assistance to immigrant families ineligible for COVID-19 relief funds, to translate information about services and COVID-19 issues, and to fund additional broadcast campaigns through the organization’s Spanish-language text alert broadcast system.
  • Diaper Bank of North Carolina – $40,000 to purchase hygiene products to be distributed specifically to families in Forsyth County via the organization’s community partnerships.
  • Great Commission Community Church – $40,000 to provide meals to the homeless at the Bethesda Center, weekday meals to the community, and groceries to feed families during the weekend.
  • St. Paul United Methodist Church – $35,000 to increase the church’s capacity to assist with food delivery, to provide handwashing stations at their food pantry, to purchase materials for and distribute masks, and to increase grief care outreach.
  • Mental Health Association of Forsyth County – $35,000 to provide mental health support services through support groups, short-term counseling, information and referral follow-ups, and community education and outreach.
  • Hope Connection International Inc. – $30,000 to provide increased financial assistance to victims of domestic violence, including rent assistance, utilities, transportation, and career and personal needs.
  • Sinai Community Development Corp. – $30,000 to expand the organization’s free meal distribution program for the East Winston community to provide special service hours for seniors, delivery to disabled/homebound residents provided through referral agencies, and prepared meals and delivery to healthcare professionals.
  • Solus Christus – $20,000 to meet the anticipated increasing needs of women experiencing homelessness, trauma, and addiction to include emotional, spiritual, and physical needs.
  • Journee Bees Village – $20,000 to provide emergency assistance for rent, mortgage, utilities, transportation, food, and cleaning and hygiene products for individuals experiencing a loss of household income due to COVID-19.
  • Hope To Thrive – $15,000 to address toxic stress exacerbated by COVID-19 by providing the immediate needs of food, shelter, and sanitation needs of seniors, undocumented immigrants, and African American and low income neighborhoods mainly in East and South Winston from May through August 2020.
  • Iglesia luz de jesucristo INC – $13,430 to continue to offer clothing, food, counseling, and financial support for the Hispanic community.
  • Acción Hispana – $10,000 to increase the dissemination of information about assistance to the Hispanic community.

 

https://www.cityofws.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=310

Press Release: Continuum of Care, Forsyth County Government and the City of Winston Salem Announce Initiatives to Assist Those Experiencing Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

PRESS RELEASE

April 24, 2020- For Immediate Release: Continuum of Care, Forsyth County Government and the City of Winston Salem Announce Initiatives to Assist Those Experiencing Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Those experiencing homelessness are at greater risk during this time and the number of people becoming homeless due to job loss, illness, etc. is estimated to exponentially grow. Given close quarters, compromised immune systems, and an aging population, people experiencing homelessness are exceptionally vulnerable to communicable diseases, not excluding the current outbreak of coronavirus, COVID-19.*

The Continuum of Care (CoC) currently estimates about 100 people have health conditions listed by the CDC as putting them at significant risk of serious complication/mortality if they contract COVID19.

Forsyth County Government opened an isolation shelter last week providing a safe space for people who need to be isolated/quarantined because of COVID-19. It has provided relief to the existing shelters who were struggling to provide safe harbors following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines.

Members of the Continuum of Care and Representatives from the City of Winston-Salem have been finalizing plans to open a temporary shelter specifically for the medically fragile.  This shelter will not only offer an opportunity for people at heightened risk because of pre-existing conditions to shelter-in-place in a space that can afford them protection from exposure to COVID-19, but will also provide engagement opportunities, and supportive services focused on helping people transition back towards permanent housing.

This shelter will also be hotel-based and it will have on-site peer support and staff working to help with transition planning to permanent housing. Bethesda Center for the Homeless will take the lead with City with Dwellings providing support to the guests; and will provide Client Management services. Food is being provided by Samaritan Ministries.

Andrea Kurtz, Senior Director Housing Strategies, notes that, “We are very excited that the medically fragile shelter location has been identified with a plan to begin the client intake process on Monday April 27, 2020. The partnerships that have come together to create both shelters in such a short period of time are amazing, and reflect the compassion, expertise and investment our community is able to put forth to ensure all our residents are safe and cared for.”

 

The CoC is continuing outreach work with people who are campers or otherwise unsheltered. Outreach teams are offering portable hand washing stations to camp sites, and that information about social distancing and the shelter in place order is shared. CoC members are also encouraging campers to shelter in place. In addition, CoC members have met with law enforcement to encourage them not to ticket people for camping during this pandemic.

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*source: https://nlchp.org/coronavirus/

Mask Distribution Begins in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (APRIL 22, 2020)— A day after announcing the new Mask the City initiative to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in this area, a vast network of community and faith-based organizations are beginning to distribute masks. The Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity and Love Out Loud are spearheading this effort.

The purpose of Mask the City is to provide everyone in Winston-Salem access to a mask and urge them to wear it as well as to continue social distancing for 40 days from April 22 through May 31. The masks will be widely dispersed throughout the community under the program. William M. Satterwhite, III, JD, MD, Chief Wellness Officer at Wake Forest Baptist Health, and his team designed the mask in conjunction with Renfro Corporation. Renfro is manufacturing the masks, which are called the Nightingale™ WS Protective Mask.

Approximately 60,000 masks have already been received from Renfro to date and, beginning today, have started to be distributed to community organizations. A number of businesses, foundations, other organizations and private donors paid for the 60,000 masks. Masks will be made available for disbursement at no cost to low-income individuals and other at-risk residents through a variety of community organizations and faith-based organizations. These entities are receiving masks this week and, in many cases, will begin distribution this week or early next.

Per the parameters established by The Winston-Salem Foundation through the Mask the City – Winston-Salem Fund these masks are dedicated specifically for 1) people living in Winston-Salem at or below the poverty line or 2) seniors without jobs living independently in Winston-Salem on fixed incomes. In many cases the listed organization may have “members”—but their respective distribution of masks are going to the specific audience previously listed and not their general membership.

“Mask the City is encouraging residents of Winston-Salem needing access to a mask at no cost to reach out to a community organization they have a relationship with or that serves their need—be that a church, a local agency, or a neighborhood organization,” said Chuck Spong, executive director of Love Out Loud. “We have been working closely with Elder Tembila Covington with the Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity to get these masks to those in need and at risk as quickly as possible.”

The following is an initial list of partner organizations receiving masks for distribution to low-income and at-risk residents (this list will likely grow in the days ahead):

  • Alianza Cristiana y Misionera
  • Bethesda Center for the Homeless
  • Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
  • Boston-Thurmond Network
  • Brownsboro Community Partnership
  • Catholic Charities
  • Centers for Exceptional Children
  • Central Terrace United Methodist Church – New Story
  • Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina
  • Christ Church Winston-Salem
  • City Lights Ministry
  • Crosby Scholars
  • Destiny Temple, Inc.
  • Dress for Success – Winston-Salem
  • Experiment in Self-Reliance, Inc.
  • Family Services Forsyth County
  • The Fellowship Home
  • Financial Pathways of the Piedmont
  • First Alliance Church
  • First Baptist Church on Fifth
  • Fulton Family YMCA
  • Greater Galilee Baptist Church
  • Greater Tabernacle Worship Center
  • greeNest
  • Iglesia Cristiana Sin Fronteras
  • Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County
  • Insight Human Services
  • El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services
  • LEAD Girls of NC
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Mission on the Move Outreach
  • Moore Elementary Food Pantry; Highland Presbyterian Church & Temple Emanuel
  • Mount Calvary Holy Church
  • Parkway United Church of Christ
  • Redeemer Presbyterian Church
  • Royal Curtain Drama Guild Productions Inc
  • The Salvation Army
  • Samaritan Ministries
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC
  • The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem
  • Shiloh Baptist Church
  • Springwell Network, Inc.
  • The Parenting PATH
  • TURN
  • Union Baptist Church
  • Whole Man Ministries
  • Winston Lake Family YMCA
  • Winston-Salem First
  • Winston-Salem Street School
  • YMCA of Northwest North Carolina
  • YWCA

Mask the City – Winston-Salem Fund

The Winston-Salem Foundation has set up the Mask the City – Winston-Salem Fund that will be used to provide grants to qualified organizations (those otherwise meeting the Foundation’s guidelines and requirements) to purchase and distribute masks to residents of Winston-Salem and employees working at facilities in Winston-Salem. The primary focus will be on organizations assisting and reaching those with current incomes below the federal poverty guidelines, and a secondary focus will be healthcare workers.

Those who would like to contribute to the Mask the City – Winston-Salem Fund should go to wsfoundation.org/maskthecity on the Winston-Salem Foundation website to pay using a credit card. People may also send a check, made payable to The Winston-Salem Foundation with Mask the City – Winston-Salem Fund noted in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to The Winston-Salem Foundation, 751 West 4th Street, Suite 200, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Each donor will receive a gift receipt/acknowledgement from the Foundation. Those who would like to request a grant from the fund should send an email to Lou.Doherty@teallcapital.com. The email should contain details about the organization, the requested number of masks, and who will be the intended recipients of masks.

Additional information about the Mask the City initiative can be found at maskthecity.com and on FacebookInstagram and Twitter @maskthecity. Nightingale WS Protective Mask product information is available at nightingalesafe.com.

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Press Release: United Way of Forsyth County Partners with FamilyWize to Offer Support for Residents to Access Delivery of Prescriptions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

United Way of Forsyth County Partners with FamilyWize to Offer Support for Residents to Access Delivery of Prescriptions

(Winston Salem, NC) – April 21, 2020 United Way of Forsyth County is committed to connecting residents to prescription savings resources during the coronavirus pandemic through its partnership with FamilyWize, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Through United Way’s partnership with FamilyWize, residents have saved $6,000,000 in prescription medication savings, helping over 60,759 people since FamilyWize began. 

Community residents can call FamilyWize for free customer support to help them coordinate prescription medication delivery from participating pharmacies. Residents will also continue to receive savings on medications by using the free FamilyWize prescription program card.

“It is essential for our residents to take prescribed medications as directed by their physicians, especially during times when the healthcare system is stressed,” said Cindy Gordineer, President and CEO of United Way of Forsyth County. “FamilyWize is ensuring that people have the help they need to access pharmacy delivery services as well as more affordable medications during this critical time.”

The free FamilyWize prescription savings card immediately lowers the cost of prescription medications by an average of 45 percent and can be used whether or not you have insurance. For nearly 15 years, FamilyWize has partnered with United Way communities helping people reduce the cost of their prescription medications. The FamilyWize card can be used at most major retail pharmacies. Registration is not required for the FamilyWize card and there is no eligibility criteria to use it.

“During these times of uncertainty, so many are struggling with the high costs of prescriptions and need help now,” said Vilmarie Gilliam, vice president of partnerships at FamilyWize. “Our support team is here to help people not only access affordable medications, but work with their pharmacies to help deliver prescriptions to their doors.”

Here are 3 steps for how people can call to help coordinate at home delivery of prescription medications:

  1. Call the FamilyWize toll free number at 800-222-2818
  2. A FamilyWize team member will work with you and your local participating pharmacy to arrange and schedule delivery to your home
  3. Ask your pharmacist to apply your FamilyWize card number to receive a discount on your prescription To learn more about the savings FamilyWize offers, please visit FamilyWize.org or simply download the free FamilyWize mobile app. For other types of help and additional resources, please call your local 211 or visit 211.org.

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