State contact: Julia Van Patter
United Way of North Carolina
Media contact: Joelle Polisky 615-516-0358


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:
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.



(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.” 




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 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


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.




United Way Worldwide
Kim Thore – United Way of Forsyth County


United in Grief – United Way of Forsyth County’s Message to the Community

The tragic murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of a police officer is yet another reminder of the systematic inequities suffered by African Americans and evidence of the underlying inequities and racism that continue to exist in our community and our country.

It is heartbreaking and infuriating, but it’s also confirmation that continuing to make equity a focus of our work is vital to fulfilling our mission.

Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, and we mourn the murder of George Floyd alongside his family and our community. We join those who call for justice for Mr. Floyd and for reforms that will help prevent tragedies like these from happening again.

We acknowledge and condemn the unjust treatment of countless others, including those whose names we may never know. We acknowledge the ongoing incidents and trauma our black community members experience every day.

We’re proud of the way the citizens of Winston-Salem have peacefully expressed their outrage at the death of George Floyd and that members of the WSPD and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department have supported and participated in the lawful expression of frustration and anger. Change can only happen if we work together and this week has proven that Winston-Salem has the potential to be a model for transformation.

George Floyd’s death cannot be in vain. It must be used as a rallying cry for systematic change and, in our work, as an indicator that we need to prioritize a continued focus on equity in all aspects and move with more urgency.
At United Way of Forsyth County, a strong part of our core values is equity. We seek to support a community that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable. One where citizens, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected.

Catrina Thompson, Chief of Police – United Way of Forsyth County Board Chair
Cindy Gordineer, President and CEO, United Way of Forsyth County

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper Orders Residents to Stay at Home Order Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a stay-at-home order Friday and closed the state’s nonessential businesses in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The order goes into effect 5:00 pm Monday, but Cooper urged residents to begin staying at home immediately.

“It’s what we have to do to save lives,” he said at a press briefing Friday.

Residents will still be able to leave for essential reasons, including to get food or medicine, according to Cooper. People will also be able to leave their homes for outdoor exercise or to help others.

North Carolina has 763 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has had three deaths from the virus, according to data compiled by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

More info here .

Photo credit: Governor Roy Cooper, D-NC address the crowd during the Rally for Respect outside the North Carolina Legislative Building on May 16, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sara D. Davis | Getty Images


5 Things You Can Do To Fight the Corona Crisis

When you feel the most helpless, you actually have the power to do the most good.

As we move into social distancing and self-quarantine, it’s natural to feel isolated. Staying away from other people, though necessary, doesn’t fulfill our need to take action, to do something in the face of this crisis. 

Fortunately, even in isolation, you can help the most vulnerable among us. Because we are never truly alone in our human community.

Here are five things you can do to fight in the face of COVID-19:

Donate to the Covid-19 Response Fund for Forsyth-county. Your gift supports community resources that serve struggling families in Forsyth County. Workers are losing wages and tips due to event cancellations and business closures. Kids who rely on free- and reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school risk going hungry. As food pantries and other community resources are inundated, donations to the  COVID-19 Fund help ensure these vital relief services stay open and accessible. 


  • Credit Card: visit or text COVID19Forsyth to 71777
  • WSF donor-advised fundholders: request a grant transfer via myWSF to the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County
  • Corporations and foundations: to make a donation, contact Meridith Whitaker, Director of Philanthropic Services at The Winston-Salem Foundation, at (336) 604-5032 or
  • Checks: to minimize processing delays, we prefer credit card donations at If this is not an option, please make check payable to the “COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County,” c/o The Winston-Salem Foundation, 751 West Fourth St, Suite 200, Winston-Salem, NC 27101


Direct people to 211. NC- 211 is working on the front lines of the pandemic. Expert  211 specialists provide real-time information on social services and other resources to those in need. If you know someone who is struggling, or just looking for a source of reliable information, tell them to call 2-1-1 . Information can also be accessed on the web at


Spare something for the food pantries. As stores run out of bulk food and toilet paper, food pantries are struggling to fill their shelves, even as more people are coming in for help. Consider donating what you can spare, especially non-perishable food and toiletry items. Insert information about how to find out about local food pantries, such as calling 211 to find out what our local food pantries need most and where to drop off donations. 


Call your friends and family. Loneliness is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Even during isolation, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Checking in on friends and family is more than polite right now, it’s essential. And don’t forget elderly neighbors or others living alone.


Take care of your mental health. If you’re stuck at home, keep busy with hobbies, try out arts and crafts, pick up an old musical instrument, organize family game nights, and step outside for fresh air and exercise. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself.


Even in these uncertain times, no one is powerless to make a difference. Small acts, taken together across the country, can change the course of the pandemic, bolster those facing economic challenges, and protect the most vulnerable.

Press Release: An Update from United Way of Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem Foundation on the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County


March 25, 2020 – Winston–Salem, NC

An Update from United Way of Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem Foundation on the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County

On March 18, officials from United Way Forsyth County, The Winston Salem Foundation, the City of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County and Community Organizations Active in Disaster announced the formation of COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County to support local community members impacted by the novel coronavirus.

Fundraising Update

As of March 24, more than $3,000,000 has been raised for the fund, with donations ranging from $10 to $1,000,000, from individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and foundations. Visit to review funds raised and donors to-date.

Scott Wierman, President of The Winston-Salem Foundation notes, “We are thrilled that the City of Winston-Salem’s initial $1,000,000 donation has grown to more than threefold in under a week. Our partnership will deploy these resources carefully and thoughtfully to nonprofits through a grant application process we’re announcing today.”

Wierman adds, “We want the public to understand that while this fundraising has been successful to-date, what we have raised so far will not be nearly enough money to address the immense community needs due to this evolving crisis. We’re asking all community members who can to partner with us to support our neighbors during the difficult days and weeks ahead. Please visit to help.”

Grant Application Now Available for Nonprofits

The COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources for immediate, emerging, and long-term needs to organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak. The fund is designed to complement the work of government and public health officials to address all aspects of the outbreak in Forsyth County.

Cindy Gordineer, President and CEO of United Way Forsyth County remarks, “This fund was envisioned to rapidly deploy critical resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in Forsyth County. We’re excited to roll out the grant application process in under a week to start getting help to those community members who need it. “

The first phase of proactive and responsive grants is funding nonprofits with one-time general operating support in order to assist with the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. United Way of Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem Foundation will administer the fund.

An advisory committee of local funders and community institutions working directly with impacted populations will oversee the application process.

More specifically, initial funding will benefit disproportionately impacted individuals and families including:

· Residents without health insurance and/or access to paid sick leave

· Individuals experiencing homelessness

· Healthcare workers

· Hospitality and service industry workers

· Unauthorized immigrant populations

· Communities of color, and in particular, residents with limited English language proficiency

Nonprofits can now access the COVID-19 grant application at

Additional phases of future funding will be developed by evaluating the funds available, community needs, and government response.

Committee Members: Deborah T. Wilson – United Way of Forsyth County, Nora D. Ferrell and Jason W. Baisden – Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Peggy S. Reingold -Wells Fargo, Mamie Sutphin – Reynolds American, Inc., Cheryl Lindsay – HanesBrands, Brent A. Waddell – BB&T now Truist, Reginald McCaskill – Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity, Sandra Fishel-Booth -Winston-Salem Foundation

Press Release: Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Announces $1.5 Million in Immediate, Flexible Funding to Respond to COVID-19 in North Carolina

For Immediate Release—March 24, 2020

For More Information—Nora Ferrell,, 336-705-3955


Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Announces $1.5 Million in Immediate, Flexible Funding to Respond to COVID-19 in North Carolina


$500,000 for Forsyth County Community Response Fund; $1 million for safety net health care providers around the state as crisis ramps up


WINSTON SALEM— The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Forsyth County’s largest private foundation and one of the largest in the state, today announced $1.5 million in immediate, flexible funding to respond to COVID-19 in Forsyth County and throughout North Carolina.


“It’s urgent that we help our most vulnerable residents and those living in marginalized communities, who are less likely to have access to quality health care and more likely to suffer long-term consequences such as loss of health or income from this widespread health crisis,” said Dr. Laura Gerald, president of the Trust. “We recognize the unique position the Trust is in to be flexible and innovative as we work to support communities and residents in Forsyth County and across North Carolina during the COVID-19 crisis.”


Working closely with its trustee, Wells Fargo, the Trust released $1.5 million in grant funding immediately to help North Carolina residents and communities.


“As health funders it was important to respond quickly and get flexible funding out, as many of our grantees and partners are on the frontlines of this pandemic,” said Dr. Gerald. “We know this is not enough—far more state and federal resources are needed—but we also know our healthcare systems and local nonprofits need flexible funding now and can’t afford to wait. That’s why we acted quickly and released immediate grant dollars to organizations battling COVID-19.”


Forsyth County

The Trust granted $500,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County established by The Winston-Salem Foundation, the city of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, United Way of Forsyth County, and Community Organizations Active in Disaster.


The fund will provide flexible resources for immediate, emerging, and long-term needs to organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak. The fund is designed to complement the work of government and public health officials to address all aspects of the outbreak in Forsyth County.

Initial funding will benefit disproportionately impacted individuals and families including:

  • Residents without health insurance and/or access to paid sick leave
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Healthcare workers
  • Hospitality and service industry workers
  • Unauthorized immigrant populations
  • Communities of color, and in particular, residents with limited English language proficiency

With the Trust’s investment, the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County has now raised more than $2 million and will continue accepting donations of all sizes. An application process for organizations to request funds will be available by March 27. Visit to learn more.


North Carolina

The Trust granted $1 million to the North Carolina Healthcare Association Foundation (NCHA) in response to the COVID-19 crisis. NCHA is a membership organization of hospitals, health systems, and clinics and is taking a lead role in responding to COVID-19 while helping other safety net providers stay abreast of developments at the state and national levels.


Hospitals and associated clinics, free clinics, and health centers regularly see Medicaid, Medicare, and uninsured patients. Shoring up these organizations during this crisis is a vital component in the overall strategy to mitigate and limit the effects of the virus. This grant is for flexible support to help fill gaps where state and federal funds fall short.


Of the $1 million in funding, NCHA will receive $500,000 for hospitals, $250,000 for the North Carolina Free and Charitable Clinics, and $250,000 for the North Carolina Community Health Center Association. These funds may be used for a variety of needs, including, but not limited to medical supplies, personal protective equipment, testing kits, and telehealth solutions.


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The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life of people with low incomes in Forsyth County and around the state, as Mrs. Reynolds stated when she established the Trust. We believe in thriving North Carolina communities and thriving residents, equitable access to health care, and equitable health outcomes.



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Ask Congress to Support Charitable Organizations Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Charities are on the front-line of the response to the coronavirus and its economic fallout.

Right now, Congress is preparing a trillion dollar economic relief package.  We are calling on Congress to include $60 billion to help charities keep their doors open and to continue to provide help in communities. Join us.

There will be a surge of need as hundreds of thousands of individuals lose work and can’t pay their bills.  At the same time, we expect significant drops in giving and program revenue.

American charities will play a crucial role in recovery from this crisis and we need Congress to support our efforts.

E-mail now and ask Congress to support charitable organizations through the coronavirus pandemic. We need a few pieces of information to connect you with your lawmakers. Fill out the form here to be connected and send an e-mail. Personalized messages are especially effective. We encourage you to edit the message to add how nonprofits in your community are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.