Nonprofit news roundup, 11.20.12

Children’s Home Society launches drive

Children’s Home Society of North Carolina in Greensboro has launched its 84th annual Little Red Stocking Campaign, with all proceeds going to provide permanent, safe, and loving families for children in need. Proceeds from last year’s campaign helped the agency serve 15,344 children and families, including finding a safe haven for 407 children in foster homes, giving 103 children a permanent family to call their own, assisting 1,139 families with post adoption services, counseling 104 birth parents, and providing educational services to 9,163 teens, professionals, and parents. Over 9,000 children live in foster care in North Carolina and over 2,500 of them are awaiting adoption.

Easter Seals UCP raises $395,000

Easter Seals UCP has raised $395,000 in partnership with Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Children’s Hospital and begun construction on the Charlotte community’s first multi-sensory environment. The 400-square-foot room is slated to open in March 2013 at the Easter Seals UCP Children’s Center at 716 Marsh Road in Charlotte and will be open to the public for children up to age 8 who have trouble processing one or more senses. The new facility will be named for the Yager Group, a $150,000 benefactor.  The campaign was led by Richard Worrell, managing partner at Northwestern Mutual Financial, whose son was born with a rare birth defect that presents him with significant development challenges.

GlaxoSmithKline awards healthcare grants

GlaxoSmithKline made its annual GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards, including $40,000 each, to five healthcare nonprofits in North Carolina and Philadelphia for providing access to healthcare for the underserved in their communities. Recipients include Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency, Restoration Place Ministries, The Servant Center, and Triad Health Project, all in Greensboro, and Institute for Safe Families in Philadelphia.

Facebook training

The Triangle Community Foundation and North Carolina Community Foundation are sponsoring a free training session presented by Facebook on social networking for Triangle-area nonprofits on Nov. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Bay 7 at the American Tobacco Historic District. Registration ends Nov. 21.

Wells Fargo

Team members at Wells Fargo & Company donated $1.1 million to nonprofits and schools throughout the Triad and Western North Carolina as part of the company’s annual one-month Community Support and United Way Campaign, up 17 percent from last year. Team members also contributed 2,400 volunteer hours to nonprofits and other causes in local communities. Companywide, team members donated a record-high $60.5 million to 28,000 nonprofits and schools during the one-month campaign. So far this year, team members have donated $78.9 million to nonprofits, up 23 percent increase from 2011, marking the ninth straight year of double-digit increases in pledge totals.

North Carolina Community Foundation

Recipients in 2012 of a total of $9,600 in grants from the statewide Women’s Fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation include Church on the Rise Peacemakers Family Center in Rocky Mount, $2,000; The Family Violence Prevention Center in Raleigh, $2,000; Sheltered Aid to Families in Wilkesboro, $2,000; Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start Partnership in Edenton, $1,600; My Sister’s House in Rocky Mount, $1,000; and Women of Hope in Wilmington, $1,000. The Women’s Fund focuses on programming that supports women or children, or both, with particular emphasis on women’s health and leadership issues.

Communities in Schools

Kirsten Aleman, who formerly worked for Communities in Schools in Durham, has joined Communities in Schools of North Carolina as READS for Summer Learning Project Manager. The project, which promotes summer reading and aims to improve reading comprehension by providing children in grades 3 to 5 with a wide variety of books, is in its second year and operates in three Cumberland, Durham and Robeson counties.

Triangle Family Services

Triangle Family Services in Raleigh will hold its 10th annual Gingerbread Benefit  on Nov. 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, with gingerbread houses donated to the agency by local celebrity chefs.

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