Nonprofit news roundup, 08.14.15

Communities in Schools training student-support specialists

Communities in Schools of North Carolina has been awarded a $360,000 grant from GSK to train student-support specialists in schools throughout the state to use research-based tools to increase attendance, improve behavior, enhance coursework and engage more parents and families. 

More than 300 school-based student-support specialists from some of the lowest-performing schools in the state attended a training session on the new intervention tools in Cary on August 10 and 11.

Operation North State expands services to troops, veterans

Operation North State, a Winston-Salem nonprofit that serves North Carolina’s deployed troops and veterans, is expanding its services and preparing to launch a national program to serve wounded military women.

In its fifth year of services, ending June 30, the nonprofit provided support services totaling $450,000 to $475,000 and hosted six “Fishin’ Festivals” for disabled veterans and individuals wounded in the military, up from two the previous year.

It plans soon to launch “Operation Lady Jane,” which will provide support services for wounded military women. It expects eventually to spin the program off as a separate nonprofit.

On September 1, Operation North State will kick off its NCCARES Christmas Box Project, which in December aims to send 1,500 care packages to North Carolina’s deployed troops.

And it will hold its fishing festivals at Jordan Lake on October 9, and at Ocean Crest Pier on Oak Island on October 9.

‘Gay Bingo’ returns to Charlotte

Gay Bingo, an event to raise funds and awareness for RAIN, a nonprofit that provides supportive services to HIV-positive youth, adults and senior adults in the Charlotte area, will return to Charlotte on November 14 after a five-year hiatus.

The event, which started nearly 15 years ago and has raised nearly $1 million for RAIN, will be held Grady Cole Center at 310 N. Kings Drive.

RAIN  provides bilingual community education and support services; specialized support for HIV-positive youth; chronic disease self-management training; chaplain services; customized programs for faith communities and case management linking clients with housing, medications, treatment and other resources.

High Point Salvation Army hosting ‘Back-to-School Bash’

The Salvation Army of High Point will host its annual Back-to-School Bash on August 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club at 121 SW Cloverleaf Place in High Point.

In addition to free food, inflatables, face painting, and yard games, 12 local vendors will be set up to offer special resources, provide detailed information, and help families sign up for local programs.  

Participating vendors include United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Piedmont Health Services, High Point University, Girl Scouts, Step-Up Program, Second Harvest Food Bank, YWCA, Guilford Parent Academy, Guilford Technical Community College, and the High Point Police and Fire Department.

Salvation Army teams with Thomas Built Buses

Thomas Built Buses provided school supplies to The Salvation Army of High Point for 180 children.

Grant to support certification for child-care health consultants

The North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals has received a $25,000 grant from North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to design and launch the first certification-endorsement process in the U.S. for child-care health consultants.

North Carolina has one of the largest populations in the U.S. of child-care health consultants. In fiscal 2013,14, those consultants served over 2,000 programs serving over 65,000 children.

Partners of the Institute in the project are the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center; North CarolinaChild Care Health Consultant Association; North Carolina Partnership for Children; and Child Care Services Association.

Winston-Salem State freshmen package meals for hungry

More than 150 freshmen at Winston-Salem State University are set today to package 10,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now, a Raleigh-based international relief agency that will distribute the meals mainly to support education programs and save lives in developing countries throughout the world. 

IMPRINTS gets $38,500

IMPRINTS, a Winston-Salem-based nonprofit that works to prepare children and their families for success in school and in life, has received a $38,500 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

Perkins joins Girl Scouts’ Coastal Pines board

Natalie Perkins, CEO of Clean Design, a branding and advertising agency in Raleigh, has joined the board of directors of the North Carolina Coastal Pines Council of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Corporate Volunteer Council to hold open house

The Corporate Volunteer Council of the Volunteer Center of Greensboro will hold an open house on August 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center’s office at 1500 Yanceyville St.

Davidson County Hospice to host summer social

Hospice of Davidson County will host a summer social on August 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Richard Childress Racing at 236 Industrial Drive in Welcome.

5K to benefit Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina will receive all proceeds from the second annual Gigi’s Cupcakes 5K, to be held October 17 at Brier Creek in Raleigh.

The event, to begin at 8 a.m., will be hosted by Gigi’s Cupcakes Brier Creek and sponsored by Upstream Benefits.

Meals on Wheels gets $3,000

Meals on Wheels of Wake County has received a $3,000 donation from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation.

Meals on Wheels will use the funds to feed homebound and disabled seniors in Wake County and provide 750 meals to area clients.

Parekh Family Foundation to hold gala

The Parekh Family Foundation will host a fundraising gala on September 11 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at One Eleven Place, 111 Realtors Way, in Cary.

UNC-Pembroke fraternity joins alcohol-awareness effort

Eta Upsilon Colony, a fraternity at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, has adopted a program that is a partnership between Elevante, the International Leadership Conference of fraternal organization Alpha Sigma Phi, and Aware Awake Alive, a national nonprofit that works to equip youth and their communities with tools and confidence to prevent lives lost from alcohol poisoning.

The partnership provides fraternity members with information to educate one another on the signs and dangers of alcohol poisoning, as well as tools to address incidents of alcohol poisoning.

Hunger focus of new nonprofit

The Tybro Foundation, a new nonprofit in High Point that focuses on ending world hunger, is raising money and distributing it to food banks, needy families, and food giveaways.

Its mission is to provide food, scholarships and educational training to low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families in the community. Its trainings focus on instructing individuals and families on “how meditation can improve physical, emotional and mental health.”

The Foundation was created by Mitchell Gibson, a psychiatrist, and his wife, Kathy Haynes Gibson, who has worked in business and marketing.

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