Nonprofit news roundup, 03.29.13

Easter Seals’ Food Lion drive raises $3.7

Customers of Salisbury-based Food Lion raised $3.7 million to serve over 100,000 children and adults with disabilities through 11 Easter Seals affiliates in the Southeast.

The four-week Shop&Care campaign, which ran from Feb. 13 to March 12, offered Food Lion customers the chance buy over 200 specially-marked products in stores.

Customers also made donations in $1 increments at checkout, and store associates hosted community events.

Since it launched the Shop&Care program 22 years ago, Food Lion has raised over $36 million for Eastern Seals.

Two Charlotte agencies get $200,000 grants

Crisis Assistance Ministry and the Urban League of Central Carolinas, both in Charlotte, have been recognized by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation as part of its Neighborhood Builder program that provides leadership training and a $200,000 unrestricted grant.

The program recognizes high-performing nonprofits that have made a significant impact in the community working in the bank’s priority funding areas of housing, jobs and hunger relief.

Since 2004, Bank of America has invested over $165 million through the program, recognized over 730 nonprofits and trained nearly 1,500 nonprofit leaders.

Chronic homelessness plunges in Forsyth County

The population of chronically homeless people in Forsyth County has decreased 58 percent since 2005, the year before the city of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County adopted a Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.

A “Point-in-Time Count” taken on January 30 shows 82 chronically homeless individuals, down from 194 founded in a similar count taken on Jan. 26, 2005.

The count, an annual homeless assessment required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, also showed a 49 percent a drop in homelessness among military veterans since 2007, to 38 from 74, and a 40 percent decline in total homelessness since 2012, reversing four straight years of increases.

The total homeless count on January 30 was 407, the lowest since data first was collected in 1996.

An estimated 3,194 persons experienced homelessness in Forsyth County at some point in 2011, according to a new report from Forsyth Futures.

The number of individuals who are chronically homeless fell roughly 40 percent between January 2011 and January 2013, says the report, “Making Progress Report: Economic Self Sufficiency.”

For the study, Forsyth Futures analyzed data from the Carolina Homeless Information Network, which collects client data from participating shelters, and from the Point in Time Count, which is taken each January and July.

The Council on Services for the Homeless and United Way of Forsyth County partnered with Forsyth Futures in providing data for the study.

Johnston County special needs park project gets $100,000

A private donor has given $100,000 to the Partnership to Build a Miracle of Johnston County.

The Partnership is committed to raising $1.5 million dollars to build a Miracle League Baseball field and special needs park.

This complex will allow the more than 4,000 special needs children in Johnston County and surrounding areas to play without having to worry about accessibility.

The also will serve all children and seniors, who often also have mobility issues.

Legal Services, Legal Aid raise $60,000

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Legal Aid of North Carolina raised over $60,000 at the seventh annual Justice for All Luncheon March 19 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte. Sponsors for the event, which attracted nearly 400 people and featured a keynote speech by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, were Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, Discover Ready, Defender Capital and Lexis Nexis.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle expands mobile program

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh has partnered with community centers Passage Home and Neighbor to Neighbor, and with St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, to expand its Mobile Markets program to Southeast Raleigh. Since 1990, the Mobile Markets program has served low-income neighborhoods to ensure that families in need have monthly access to fresh produce and other food items.  Plans are to open more new Mobile Markets throughout the year.

Triangle Community Foundation funds camp partners

Triangle Community Foundation selected 16 partners to receive funding to provide camp tuition assistance to children ages 5 to 17 through its Send A Kid To Camp program. Launched in 1984, the program has donated over $2.3 million, benefiting over 8,000 children in Orange, Durham, Wake and Chatham counties who otherwise could not attend camp.

Lowes Foods, Acosta award $53,000

Lowes Foods and Acosta Sales & Marketing awarded $53,000 to The Wounded Warrior Project through a partnership to honor fallen U.S. military and their families.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $276,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation made 14 community grants totaling $276,100 to organizations serving people living in Forsyth County in the areas of animal welfare, arts and culture, environment, health, human services, public interest, and recreation.

Local community foundations accepting online grant applications

The Columbus County Community Foundation, Duplin County Community Foundation and Robeson County Community Foundation all will accept online applications for their 2013 grant application cycle through May 7. Applications are available on the website of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

The Columbus County, Duplin County and Robeson County community foundations have awarded over $72,000, over $25,000 and over $19,000 to local nonprofits since 2000, 2005 and 2007, respectively.

HopeLine hosting 3d Annual Skate4Life event

HopeLine in Raleigh will hold its 3rd Annual “Skate4Life” Event on May 11 from 11 a.m. to dusk at Marsh Creek Skate Park at 3016 North New Hope Road.

Walk MS at NC Zoo raises $42,000

The Central North Carolina chapter of the National MS Society raised over $42,000 from its annual Walk MS: NC Zoo event, which was held March 23 at the North Carolina Zoo, sponsored by Modern Automative, and attracted over 500 walkers and volunteers. Funds raised at the event are included in a campaign that aims to raise $238,000. Additional walks will be held at The Penn House in Reidsville on April 13 and at Fourth of July Park in Kernersville on April 20.

High Point Regional completes merger with UNC Health Care

High Point Regional Health System has completed its merger with UNC Health Care, which will become the sole member of High Point Regional and provide $150 million in capital improvements and $50 million to establish a newly formed community health fund.

Greensboro United Way awards $277,000 in grants

United Way of Greater Greensboro has awarded nearly $277,000 in grants through funds created by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation.

Eight organizations received a total of $126,832 from the Kathleen and Joseph M. Bryan Community Enrichment Venture Grant program, while eight organizations received a total of $150,000 from the Joseph M. Bryan Human Services Grants program.

Launched in 1967, the Enrichment and Venture Grant program to promote the improvement of human services through innovative programs.

Grants, which can total up to $15,000 each, are awarded for seed money to provide short-term support for startup, development and stabilization of new and innovative programs, as well as system-building grants that strengthen the capacity of existing agencies’ impact on the human services delivery system, or to redirect agencies to more effectively address areas of need.

Established in 1996 by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, the Venture Grant program provides stabilization grants to human services programs.

Grants, which can total up to $30,000, can be used for a program that has been operating and showing success for a limited number of years and needs strengthening.

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