Nonprofit news roundup, 03.22.13

Chicago United Way creates neighborhood-services hub

Integrating education, income and health resources for children and families through neighborhood hubs is the focus of a new effort launched by United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

The initial hub will be located in Brighton Park, the fastest growing neighborhood in Chicago and one with a large Latino population.

Lead partner for the effort will be the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, which will operate social service hubs at three middle schools, providing after-school academic programs, tax assistance, health services and other programs.

United Way, which plans to replicate the strategy in other neighborhoods, will provide management oversight and, to build local “capacity,” also will provide financial support, strategic guidance, issue advocacy, a volunteer network, and access to corporate partners.

Darryl Lester takes interim post at N.C. State University

Darryl Lester, founder and president of Hindsight Consulting, and founder of the Community Investment Network, has been named interim assistant director at the African American Culture Center at North Carolina State University.

YWCA Central Carolinas raises over $220,000

YWCA Central Carolinas in Charlotte raised over $220,000 at its annual We Believe luncheon, which attracted more than 700 hosted community leaders, supporters and friends at the Westin, Uptown and featured a keynote speech by Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby.

Wells Fargo offers matching gift for Charlotte arts groups

Twenty-four Charlotte-Mecklenburg arts, science, history and heritage organizations are working to earn a share of a $200,000 matching grant from Wells Fargo for their projects on power2give.org, a platform that lets individuals directly support arts and culture projects. The grant will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations made to projects posted on power2give by the organizations that receive unrestricted operating support from the Arts & Science Council.

Forsyth United Way launches Mobile Prosperity Center

United Way of Forsyth County has launched its third Mobile Prosperity Center, this one at Mineral Springs Middle School at 4559 Ogburn Station Road. The Center, a community collaboration funded by Wells Fargo, will serve as a one-stop financial center offering a broad range of financial and job preparation and search services, including free tax preparation assistance. Increasing the financial stability of lower-income individuals and families is a primary focus for United Way, which opened Prosperity Centers in 2008 at 585 Waughtown Street and in 2010 at 1253 Liberty Street.

Volunteers stuff backpacks for Food Bank in Charlotte

Ten volunteers from the legal department at Piedmont Natural Gas and 10 attorney volunteers from Moore & Van Allen teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte to stuff 1,000 backpacks with food to be delivered to local schools to be sent home on weekends and holidays with children teachers have identified as being at high risk for hunger.  Piedmont and Moore & Van Allen have funded an affiliate backpack program at Devonshire Elementary School, and a portion of the filled packs will be earmarked for delivery to Devonshire.

Two agencies hire Capstone Advancement Partners

Capstone Advancement Partners in Charlotte has been engaged by Alexander Youth Network to provide campaign counsel to help raise funds for capital needs, programmatic development, and endowment, and by Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont to complete a capital campaign planning study as the organization seeks to grow its operations and impact.

MS Walk set for March 23

The Central North Carolina Chapter of the National MS Society will hold its annual Walk MS event at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro on March 23. Modern Automotive will be title sponsor for the event.

Mother-daughter tea to be held March 24

NewBridge Bank, Kernersville Medical Center and The American Heart Association will hold a mother/daughter tea and fashion show on March 24 featuring fashions from Macy’s Department Store. The event, to be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carolina Theatre at 310 South Greene Street in downtown Greensboro, is part of the Heart Association’s Guilford County Go Red For Women Campaign to raise awareness of heart disease as the number one cause of death in women.

Peacehaven to hold inaugural ‘Barnyard Bash and Dash’

Peacehaven Community Farm in Whitsett, a place for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to live affordably and independently, will hold its inaugural Barnyard Bash and Dash on April 13 and 14. Peacehaven also is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greensboro to begin construction soon on the first home in the community.

Salvation Army of Winston-Salem moves emergency assistance office

The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem has moved its Emergency Assistance Office to 130 Stratford Court in Winston-Salem from the Center of Hope at 1255 North Trade Street to better accommodate the increased demand for services. The program distributes funds to people in crisis situations. Services include rent and mortgage payments, utility assistance, food pantry, a Crisis Intervention Program, and a Low Income Energy Assistance Program. In the first four weeks in the new space, five case workers helped 3,234 people with their need for rent, mortgage, utility, or food assistance.

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