Nonprofit news roundup, 08.09.13

United Guaranty promotes volunteer efforts

United Guaranty Corporation is marking its 50th anniversary with employee volunteer initiatives in all five of its offices throughout the U.S.
Founded in 1963 with three employees in a downtown Greensboro office, United Guaranty now is one of the largest U.S. mortgage insurance providers, with over 1,200 employees throughout the world, including nine offices in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

United Guaranty employees this year are giving time to a variety of charitable community projects in cities where the company has offices.

Those efforts include organizing work teams for Habitat for Humanity projects and assisting other organizations focused on housing, health and education.

AIG, United Guaranty’s parent company, provides up to two days’ paid time off for qualifying volunteer work.

Red Cross raises $30,000

The American Red Cross, Central Piedmont region, raised $30,000 at its annual Lake Norman Excursion cycle/run. The event is held every year on the Lowe’s campus in Mooresville.

In addition to its local support, Lowe’s is a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program. Together with its customers, Lowe’s has contributed over $24 million to the Red Cross since 1999. The funds enable the Red Cross to open shelters, feed and support families, and help them toward recovery in the wake of disaster.

Epicurean competition to benefit Methodist Home

The Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh will benefit from Epicurean Evening, the a culinary competition that will be held August 22 at the Wilmington Convention Center and feature 30  local chefs and epicureans who will set up and create their specialties to raise money for local children in need.

Columbus County funder awards over $5,000

Columbus County Community Foundation awarded eight grants totaling over $5,000. An affiliate of the Raleigh-based North Carolina Community Foundation, the Columbus County Community Foundation since 2004 has awarded over $78,000 in grants to local nonprofits.

Kroger supports food banks

Kroger donated funds equivalent to over 77,000 meals to the Raleigh-based Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, part of over $118,000 Kroger is donating to the 10 food banks in the mid-Atlantic region, including Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and the eastern portions of Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Foundation of Hope to benefit from event

Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness will benefit from the Fourth Annual Carolina Classics at the Capital Sponsored by GEICO, to be held at the Raleigh Convention Center on August 17-18.

Me Fine Foundation merges with Striving for More

Me Fine Foundation in Raleigh received the assets of Striving for More in a merger of the two nonprofits.

Diane Moore, founder and executive director of Striving for More, joined the board of directors of the Me Fine Foundation in May and now will serve as executive director of the Striving for More programs for Me Fine.

Me Fine Foundation provides financial assistance to parents and caregivers whose children receive medical treatment at the children’s hospitals at Duke and UNC.

Striving for More supports psychosocial services to provide critical support for children with cancer.

The Me Fine Gala is scheduled for Oct. 18 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.

Triad Financial Advisors donates food to Greensboro Urban Ministry

Triad Financial Advisors held a food drive that generated 1,788 pounds of food for Greensboro Urban Ministry, enough to feed 60 families for one week.

The drive generated food donations from company teams, as well as from clients, friends, families, business neighbors and shoppers at the Lowes Foods store on New Garden Road.

Greensboro Urban Ministry Food Bank allocates 30 pounds of food for one week to each family requesting assistance.

Senior PharmAssist names board members, officers

Senior PharmAssist, a nonprofit medication assistance and Medicare insurance counseling program in Durham, added five new members to its board of directors, and named board officers.

Elected to three-year board terms are Edward Caffrey, scientist and retired drug development executive; Kevin Calhoun, church business administrator at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church; Eugene Dauchert, health care attorney with Moore and Van Allen; Rebecca Reyes, coordinator of Latino Health Services at Duke University Health System; and Susan Sorrells, director of clinical development at Grifols.

Elected as board officers for fiscal 2014 are Stephen Dedrick, president; Amy Csorba, vice president; Rosa Nolen, treasurer; and David Cocchetto, secretary.

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