Press Release: NC 2-1-1 to Provide Assistance for COVID-

March 18, 2020- For Immediate Release: NC 2-1-1 to Provide Assistance for COVID-19

 

Winston Salem, NC: Governor Roy Cooper has announced that 2-1-1 is the number to call for assistance and resources related to the COVID-19 coronavirus.   NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service, operated by United Way of North Carolina, where families and individuals can obtain free and confidential information on health and human service resources within their community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Resources are available in most languages

 

United Way Forsyth County President and CEO, Cindy Gordineer notes, “We are proud to provide funding and support to bring 2-1-1 resources to Forsyth County. NC 2-1-1 is an important resource every day for families in our community who may experience a crisis such as food insecurity or unemployment.  During times like this with the COVID 19 crisis, the needs of all North Carolinians will increase and I am proud 2-1-1 will be here to help.”

 

“Services like NC 2-1-1 are critical during times of emergency,” said Governor Cooper. “We need to make sure North Carolinians have access to the resources they need while we continue to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

 

North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19.   Sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response.  Individuals who have specific needs related to food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities, and much more should dial 2-1-1 or TTY 888-892-1162 for assistance.  Due to expected high call volume, those wanting to stay updated on general developments with North Carolina’s response to the coronavirus crisis should sign up for 211’s text alerts by texting COVIDNC to 898211.

 

NC 2-1-1 cannot provide direct medical services, and COVID-19 can only be diagnosed by a health care professional.  If you suspect you or someone you care for may have symptoms or have been exposed to the virus, you should contact your health care provider. If you do not have a provider, you can call your local health department or a Federally Qualified Health Clinic for guidance.

 

To learn more about NC 2-1-1, visit nc211.org. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in North Carolina, go to ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

15 Days to Slow the Spread

The White House and CDC released new guidelines on Tuesday to stop the spread of coronavirus.

15 Days to Slow the Spread

  1. Listen and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.
  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
  5. If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
  7. Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
  8. Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
  9. If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
  10. Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  11. Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
  12. Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
  13. Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  14. Practice good hygiene:
  15. Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
  16. Avoid touching your face.
  17. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
  18. Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

UPDATE: Restaurants and Bars in North Carolina will be Closed to Dine-in Customers Starting at 5 p.m. Today

Restaurants and bars in North Carolina will be closed to dine-in customers starting at 5 p.m. today, Gov. Roy Cooper announced.

According to a tweet from the governor’s account, takeout and delivery orders can continue.

Cooper and the Coronavirus Task Force are scheduled to hold a media briefing at 2 p.m. to announce the executive order.

“The executive order will also include an expansion of the unemployment benefits to help North Carolina workers affected by COVID-19,” the tweet states.

On Monday, Cooper requested that the U.S. Small Business Administration grant a disaster declaration for business owners in North Carolina facing economic losses due to the novel coronavirus.

https://www.wect.com/2020/03/17/gov-cooper-restaurants-bars-close-dine-in-customers/

COVID-19 in Forsyth County – A Note from United Way of Forsyth County

COVID-19 in Forsyth County

United Way prioritizes a Healthy Forsyth County for all residents, so we are very concerned about the impact of COVID-19 here in our community, the United States, and across the world.

Precautions we all take now may slow the spread of disease and save lives – and they may help to lessen the strain on our healthcare system. And now that COVID-19 is in Forsyth County, we must all be extra careful in how we gather and interact with each other.

To read our current update please click: United Way of Forsyth County_COVID-19_03.13.20

 

 

The Centers for Disease Control

North Carolina Division of Public Health

Forsyth County Health Department

NC 211 – Coronavirus Response

NC 211 – Coronavirus Response

 NC 2-1-1, a statewide United Way-funded hotline that serves as an information and referral service system for people in need, will continue to support callers needing access to health and human services resources such as food, financial assistance, and other basic needs throughout this pandemic. This service is free, confidential, and available in many languages 24/7, 365 days a year. Additional information is also available at www.nc211.org.  

 211 is taking steps to enhance service to their existing callers with additional information on COVID-19. They will also be tracking economic hardship resources to meet the many needs we anticipate will surface as a result of the pandemic.

 NC 211 continues to be an important resource during this difficult time by ensuring citizens have access to the health and human services resources they will need the most in the coming weeks.

The Coronavirus – COVID-19 in Forsyth County

COVID-19 – in Forsyth County

United Way prioritizes a Healthy Forsyth County for all residents, so we are very concerned about the impact of COVID-19 in our community, here in the United States, and across the world. Precautions we all take now may slow the spread of disease and save lives – and they may help to lessen the strain on our healthcare system. And now that COVID-19 is in Forsyth County, we must all be extra careful in how we gather and interact with each other.

With the health of residents, donors, volunteers, and staff of top importance, United Way is postponing our upcoming Casino Night, scheduled for March 20. We will provide updated details once a new date has been selected. Future events will be evaluated as this complex situation develops, and we will notify attendees as soon as possible with any updates.      

United Way will keep vigilantly monitoring directives, talking with our community partners, and implementing our own measures to ensure the incredible work we support in the community continues to make a difference in people’s lives. 

 At this time, we also hope you continue to think about the less fortunate, elderly, and those with underlying conditions who are at greater risk. United Way is already working with our community partners to develop a plan to ensure vulnerable residents receive the help they need.

 Especially in today’s challenging times, we thank you for Living United.

 

For Anyone in Need – or for More Information

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms, you may need to seek medical attention. Call your local health department for further guidance. Before going to a health care provider, clinic, hospital or emergency room, call ahead to tell them about your symptoms and how you think you may have been exposed to the virus.

North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services has set up a COVID-19 hotline that is staffed by trained medical professionals. Should you have any questions or concerns about the Coronavirus, please call : 866-462-3821.

We strongly encourage you to visit the websites below and follow their recommendations carefully. Your own healthcare provider and your employer can also be good sources of advice.

The Centers for Disease Control

North Carolina Division of Public Health

Forsyth County Health Department – or your local health department

 

NC 211 – Coronavirus Response

 NC 2-1-1, a statewide United Way-funded hotline that serves as an information and referral service system for people in need, will continue to support callers needing access to health and human services resources such as food, financial assistance, and other basic needs throughout this pandemic. This service is free, confidential, and available in many languages 24/7, 365 days a year. Additional information is also available at www.nc211.org.  

 211 is taking steps to enhance service to their existing callers with additional information on COVID-19. They will also be tracking economic hardship resources to meet the many needs we anticipate will surface as a result of the epidemic.

 NC 211 continues to be an important resource during this difficult time by ensuring citizens have access to the health and human services resources they will need the most in the coming weeks.

 

 

Coronavirus Update From CDC

What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

For the latest update please refer to the fact sheet from the CDC.

2019-ncov-factsheet

Press Release: CANCELED United Way of Forsyth County Announces Speaker Series in Conjunction With LEAD Girls of NC

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

Winston Salem, NC- Today, the United Way of Forsyth County Announced their new Speakers Series: “Women Empowering Girls” 

In celebration of Women’s History Month, United Way of Forsyth County and LEAD Girls of NC, will host sessions on the importance of leadership, determination, and effective communication in building a strong career path. Forsyth County middle school girls will have the opportunity be inspired by empowered women in the Forsyth County business community.

Iffat Maqsood, United Way of Forsyth County Volunteer and Events Manager notes, “We are very excited to be collaborating with LEAD Girls NC on this initiative. Their mission of equipping girls to make thoughtful choices about their lives so that they can become independent, capable and secure women is the cornerstone of success”.

Joy Thomas, Founder and Executive Director of LEAD Girls of NC notes “Marian Wright Edelman said, “You can’t be what you can’t see. As the Founder and Executive Director of LEAD Girls of NC Inc., I have always believed that empowered women have the position and power to inspire girls, the next generation of women leaders. If we pull our resources together we can truly make an impact in our community. I’m  thankful for our partners United Way Of Forsyth County and Novant Health for sharing this vision and supporting this day for girls. ”

List of Speakers with dates and locations:

 

Amber K. Brooks, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health

Andrea Kurtz, Senior Director, Housing Strategies at United Way of Forsyth County

Friday, March 13, 2020 from 8 am – 9 am at Mineral Springs Middle School. 

Ashleigh Hargrave, Corporate Director at Novant Health

Saturday March 14, 2020 from Noon – 1 pm at Lead Girl’s office – Community Lead. 

Kelly Sutton, Marketing Manager & Young Leaders United Chair at Hanesbrands Inc.

Debbie Wilson, Chief Impact Officer at United Way of Forsyth County

 

Friday, March 20, 2020 from 8 am – 9 am  at Wiley Magnet Middle School. 

Gwen Burston, Director of Human Resources & Public Relations at Housing Authority of Winston-Sale

Porsche Jones, Wellness Partner and Health Coach, Novant Health & CEO, Bonds Events Basketball & JMAC Hauling, Inc.

Nora Toncel, Health Community Engagement at Novant Health

Wednesday, March 25, 2020  from Noon – 1 pm at Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy.

Press Release: United Parcel Service and BB&T (now Truist) Receive United Way Spirit of North Carolina Awards

 

United Parcel Service and BB&T (now Truist) Receive United Way Spirit of North Carolina Awards

Pinehurst, NC – United Way of Forsyth County announced today that United Parcel Service and BB&T (now Truist) have been awarded the 2019 Spirit of North Carolina Award.  “The Spirit of North Carolina Award recognizes the collaborative partnerships that United Way of Forsyth County has with its supporters,” said Cindy Gordineer, President and CEO of United Way of Forsyth County.

Each year, United Way of North Carolina recognizes organizations who have succeeded in raising funds to support their community and have dedicated themselves to being part of the long-term solution to build stronger communities.  A panel of 25 judges representing United Way organizations across North Carolina reviewed more than 40 nominations to select this year’s winners, who were recognized at the Spirit of North Carolina Award Lunch held in Pinehurst, NC on February 19.

“This statewide recognition honors companies and their employees for outstanding service and investment in their local community. We are excited to have United Parcel Service and BB&T (now Truist) investing time and resources back into our community,” said Mark Uren, Vice President of Resource Development.

Leading beyond the traditional fundraising campaign, these winners created opportunities to educate employees on community needs, led by those at the top of the organizational chart; motivated campaign participants to give by introducing them to real stories of need; and provided volunteer opportunities so that donors could offer their skills and their hands to serve their community.

“We are honored to have United Parcel Service and BB&T (now Truist) as key stakeholders for a shared future where every North Carolinian thrives and reaches their full potential,” said Kim Thore, Chief Marketing Officer.

For more information about the Spirit of North Carolina Award and a complete list of winners, visit unitedwaync.org/spirit-north-carolina-award-winners.

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 United Way of Forsyth County brings the community and its resources together to solve problems that no one organization can address alone. For more information, contact Kim Thore- kim.thore@uwforsyth.org; 336.721.9319

 

About the Spirit of North Carolina Award

The Spirit of North Carolina Award offers United Ways in NC communities an opportunity to honor organizations whose United Way campaigns exemplify the “spirit” of their community. Winners meet specific standards of achievement and are selected by a team of United Way leaders from across the state. United Way of North Carolina leads the award nomination and judging process and presents the award annually. For more information, contact Anita Barker, Director of Education and Engagement, at 919-834-5200 or abarker@unitedwaync.org.

Press Release: Winter Point in Time Count Tracks Chronic Homelessness

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Volunteers Will Hit the Streets to Count People Experiencing Homelessness on January 29, 2020.

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 9 p.m. on January 29, 2020, 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, un-duplicated count of sheltered and un-sheltered 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.

Organizers will be assembling bags of necessities to hand out to homeless men and women and are seeking donations of winter hats, scarves, hand warmers, individual tissue packets, chapstick, sun screen, bottled water, canned foods with pop-tops or pre-packaged food, plastic utensils, and blankets.

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

Signup: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=uez4ixuab&oeidk=a07egrwr00s8baf3e93