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: United Way Worldwide Statement on Access to Equity and Justice

United Way believes that every person is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect – this includes equal treatment and access to justice. Recent events involving violence and threats against African Americans expose our society’s underlying racism, prejudice and privilege that prevent too many people from being treated with the humanity and respect they deserve. These incidents are abhorrent and run counter to everything that United Way, its volunteers and professionals value, live and fight for every day.

All people of all backgrounds and identities must call out discrimination and demand its removal from our society; otherwise, we are endorsing the status quo and are complicit in the abuses that follow.

We must all do our part, working United, to make our communities the places that we need them to be – equitable, respectful and opportunity-filled. We, as a society, can and must do better to guarantee that the basic human rights and freedoms of every person in every community are protected.

MEDIA CONTACT

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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/

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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Coping With Stress During Covid-19

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Click here for information from the World Health Organization or here for information from the CDC.

 

 

Press Release: United Way of Forsyth County and The Winston Salem Foundation Announce Creation of COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 18, 2020 – Winston – Salem, NC United Way of Forsyth County and The Winston Salem Foundation Announce Creation of COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND

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

Flexible resources will be provided 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 said, “The creation of this fund began as a conversation between the Winston Salem Foundation and United Way of Forsyth County and we’ve been fortunate enough to have the City of W-S and Forsyth County join us as partners in this endeavor. We could not ask for better partners and our community could not ask for better services than the ones they are delivering.  This fund will help to ensure the work continues. “

Scott Wierman, President of The Winston Salem Foundation notes, “The Winston-Salem Foundation is fortunate to be part of this caring, generous, and resilient community. We know there will be health and economic implications due to COVID-19, and by establishing this fund we will have the ability to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak in Forsyth County.”

The first phase of proactive and responsive grants will fund 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.

The advisory committee consists of: 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

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

An application process for organizations to request funds will be available by March 27.

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

How to Give:

  • Credit Card: visit covid19forsyth.org
  • Checks: 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
  • 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 mwhitaker@wsfoundation.org

 

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.

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/