Our Initiatives

What We Do

Our Initiatives

In collaboration with our partners and neighbors, we identify our community’s most pressing needs. We seek to address the root causes of those problems through strategic investments and partnerships that achieve measurable, lasting results.

We believe the innovative way we’re rallying our partners across government, business, philanthropy, faith communities, non-profits and the private sector will achieve lasting social change in our key initiatives. It’s not enough to simply work together to tackle complex social issues. Each participant must focus intently on our common goals, aligning all our time, dollar, and staff resources, and holding each other accountable so we can make the greatest difference possible. This “collective” approach has shown to improve results and we are applying these concepts in the areas of education, homelessness, and other critical issues to ensure our community achieves greater and greater success.

Housing Matters

The United Way’s Housing Matter’s initiative provides support to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Continuum of Care (CoC) in implementing its vision to, “end chronic homelessness and improve the system of care for all people experiencing a housing crisis.” As a part of this work the Housing Matters team leads the implementation of the CoC’s Community Intake Center, which is a process by which people experiencing homelessness are matched to housing programs based on their needs and vulnerability. For more information on United Way’s Housing Matters work contact: Andrea Kurtz at 336-721-9373, andrea.kurtz@uwforsyth.org

The Partnership for Prosperity

The Partnership for Prosperity grew out of a group convened by Mayor Allen Joines: the Winston-Salem Poverty Thought Force. In February 2017, the thought force issued a report that included 56 recommendations to alleviate poverty. Among those recommendations was one that led to The Partnership for Prosperity being created as an entity to coordinate the fight against poverty, raise public awareness, and advocate for policy changes on a local and state level. The Partnership for Prosperity will work to ensure people living in low-resource neighborhoods are aware of the local organizations that can help them break down barriers and ensure they have access to the resources available to them.

The Partnership for Prosperity reports to an Advisory Board made up of members from the Winston-Salem Poverty Thought Force. The Partnership includes the Executive Director and the Community Engagement Associate and will grow in the months ahead to include those living in low-resource neighborhoods as well as organizations with which the partnership can align.

Our work is supported by grants from United Way of Forsyth County, BB&T, the City of Winston-Salem, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Wake Forest University and Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina.
 For more information, visit our website at https://partnershipforprosperityws.org/


Every child, from cradle to career.
United Way serves as the backbone organization to The Forsyth Promise – our community’s partnership initiative that works across sectors to identify, develop and align community resources to help ensure every child receives a high-quality education that allows them to live up to their fullest potential and thrive throughout life. Together, we work to create equitable learning environments that meet the needs of every child, cradle to career. We’re proud to serve in this vital role and partner in this initiative.

We’re embracing a common vision. We’re sharing our unique perspectives and strengths. We’re spreading practices that work best and co-creating innovative solutions to address needs. We’re working to make life success a reality for every child in Forsyth County. That’s The Forsyth Promise. Visit www.forsythpromise.org to learn more and find out how you can help keep the promise to our children.


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A number of other community partners also receive funds through United Way of Forsyth County, including Trellis (formerly Hospice & Palliative Care Center), Second Harvest Food Bank, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts – Old Hickory Council. Additionally, last year over 370 agencies and nonprofit organizations from our local area and across the country received designated donations directly through United Way of Forsyth County’s Annual Campaign.

United Way of Forsyth County funds and supports other key initiatives in our community includingNC211, Housing Matters, The Forsyth Promise, The Partnership for Prosperity, and our key partnership with Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods.