Nonprofit news roundup, 09.12.14

Housing for New Home names executive director

Gretchen Senez, deputy to the CEO at Unity House in Troy, N.Y. , an agency that works to connect the chronically homeless with support services and long-term housing solutions, has been named executive director of Housing for New Hope in Durham, effective October 1.

Senez succeeds Terry Allebaugh, the agency’s founder and executive director, who stepped down on May 31.

Eric Breit, a former development director at Housing for New Hope for five years, returned in June to serve as interim executive director.

High Point United Way sets $4.91 million goal

United Way of Greater High Point has set a goal of raising $4.91 million in its annual campaign that kicked off September 9, up from its $4.75 million goal last year, when it raised $4.86 million.

The one percent increase in the goal “doesn’t reflect the true need in the community, but rather is a reflection of the economic uncertainty and corporate downsizing and changes in local ownership among some of our largest donor entities,” Bobby Smith, United Way president, says in a statement.

Guilford partnership on homelessness serving 28 households

Partners Ending Homelessness, a partner agency of United Way of Greater Greensboro, says the “Housing First” initiative it launched in February is providing access to stable housing to 28 formerly homeless households.

The initiative by the agency, a collaborative effort that includes 80 community partners, was funded in 2013 with a $1 million grant from the Phillips Foundation to address the needs of the chronically homeless.

The agency says it needs to secure roughly $2.5 million over the next four years from public and private sources to expand the program.

Junior Achievement in Greensboro ranks in top 5 in U.S.

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina ranks in the top five among Junior Achievement chapters throughout the U.S. in every performance category tracked by Junior Achievement USA.

Greensboro-based Junior Achievement, which has expanded throughout Forsyth, Alamance, Rockingham, Randolph, Guilford and Montgomery counties, ranked third in class growth, second in student growth, and fourth in volunteer hours served.

BJH Foundation gives $230,000

BJH Foundation for Senior Services in Greensboro has awarded 24 grants in the Carolinas totaling over $230,000 to help fund programs such as elder day care, congregational nursing and social worker programs, home and community services, guardianship and care management for Jewish older adults.

Funding for the projects supports program expenses for food, mailings, supplies, educational materials, salaries for social workers and nursing staff.

Fund created at Winston-Salem Arts Council

The Endowment Fund of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is establishing the James H. and Barbara C. Corrigan Fund in memory of Jim Corrigan, an ardent local arts supporter who died this year and left a bequest to the Endowment Fund.

Corrigan was president of RJR Archer, RJR Foods and Mebane Packaging Company, and was a founder and director of what is now NewBridge Bank.

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the first locally established arts council in the United States, awarded $1.9 million in grants in 2013, including $1.68 million in organizational support grants to 19 funded partners.

Arts and community groups get $125,000

Seventeen local arts organizations and community organizations have been awarded project support grants totaling $125,325 from ArtsGreensboro for the 2014-15 year.

Leadership North Carolina selects 55 leaders for new class

Leadership North Carolina, a statewide leadership engagement program, has accepted 55 civic and community leaders for its 2014-15 class.

Class members will participate in six two-and-a-half-day sessions that will feature discussions with top officials and professionals, field trips, and experiential learning activities.

The sessions will focus on economic development, education, environment, government, and health and human services.

Volunteer Center to honor volunteerism

The Volunteer Center of Greensboro will present its 2014 Volunteer Award to six individuals, groups and companies at a luncheon on October 8.

Keynote speaker at the event, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30pm at the Elm Street Center, will be the Rev. Odell Cleveland, chief administrative officer of Mount Zion Baptist Church and former president, CEO and co-founder of the Welfare Reform Liaison Project.

Awards to be presented, and the recipients, are:

* Lifetime of Service — Martha Kaley, Junior League of Greensboro.

* Outstanding Volunteer — Jim Blalock, Greensboro Science Center.

* Outstanding Volunteer — Pete Callahan, United Way of Greater Greensboro.

* Corporate — Lincoln Financial Group.

* Outstanding Volunteer Program — Serve the City, Win the City at Mount Zion Baptist Church.

* Emerging Volunteer — Sarah Smoot, Greensboro Urban Ministry.

Event to benefit Communities in Schools

Wine, Women & Shoes will be held at Talley Student Union at N.C. State University on October 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. to benefit Communities in Schools of North Carolina. The fundraising event will be presented by Verizon Wireless.

Race to benefit patients at High Point Regional

High Point Regional Health Foundation will present the 28th Annual Warren Rives Race on September 20 to raise funds for scholarships for patients at Heart Strides, a program at High Point Regional Health that serves over 300 patients a year.

Presenting sponsor is High Point Bank.

March Forth with Hope Foundation to hold golf event

The March Forth with Hope Foundation will host the 12th Annual Hope Stout Golf Classic at the Golf Club at Ballantyne on October 13 to benefit families battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Pennington honored by Health Underwriters Association

Carol Pennington of Kernersville, media relations chairperson for the Triad Association of Health Underwriters, has received the Media Relations Award from the National Association of Health Underwriters. The award honors local association chapters for outstanding achievements in using the media to reach out to their members, the industry and the public.

TOURtech donating WIFI and networking for Farm Aid concert

TOURtech, a managed information-technology services company for events, will provide $19,000 in WIFI and networking for the Farm Aid 2014 benefit concert at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre September 13.

Corporate volunteers assemble emergency preparedness kits

HandsOn Northwest North Carolina worked with United Way of Forsyth County to engage a team of 40 corporate volunteers from Bank of America and The Winston-Salem Journal in a local service project on the national 9/11 Day of Service Remembrance.

The team assembled roughly 400 home emergency preparedness kits that will be distributed to low-income elementary school students and their families after they learn about what they can do at home to be prepared in case of an emergency or disaster.

Festival set for Center City Park in Greensboro

Friends of Center City Park will host the inaugural Fall Festival on October 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Center City Park at 200 North Davie St. in Greensboro. Proceeds from the free event, including live entertainment, children’s activities, food trucks, local beer and a Pumpkin Patch photo booth, will benefit free community programming in Center City Park.

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