Nonprofit news roundup, 10.23.15

Fayetteville women’s giving group wins national award

The Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County received a Spotlight Award from The Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network for the greatest contributions to community impact.

The award was announced in Charlotte on October 16 during the national forum of the Network, which consists of 46 community organizations and 10,000 women from throughout the U.S. who collectively have given over $70 million in grants to local nonprofits..

The Fayetteville group was recognized for identifying the homelessness of women and children as an emerging and unmet issue in Cumberland County and bringing community leaders, nonprofits and philanthropists together to create a new nonprofit to address it.

Founded 2008 and operating as a program of the Cumberland Community Foundation; the Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County focuses on women and children, with each member giving $550 a year, including $400 to the grant pool.

StepUp expands to Durham

Raleigh-based StepUp Ministry, which has placed over 3,500 people in jobs over the past 26 years, has opened StepUp Durham.

The new nonprofit, which expects to place 150 people in jobs in its first year, will offer its first week-long job-training class on October 26.

In addition to employment services, StepUp Durham also will provide free pre-employment screening, training, referral and support services to employers that hire StepUp participants.

And after its first year, it will offer a year-long personal and career development class to employed individuals.

StepUp Durham employs four people working full-time and three working part-time.

Its executive director is Syretta Hill, former director of neighborhood relations for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.

Erin Roesch and Tim Wollin, former employment recruiters for StepUp Ministry Raleigh, serve, respectively, as director of development and employer recruitment, and as employment manager.

StepUp recently created StepUp North Carolina, a statewide umbrella organization to support local StepUps and expand the StepUp network.

In addition to Durham, local StepUps now operate in Raleigh and Greensboro.

Bell House property gets new tenant, plans

Creative Aging Network-NC, a Greensboro nonprofit that provides creative arts programming, education and training for older people, now is occupying the facility that formerly housed Bell House, a nonprofit that was home 30 years to individuals with physical disabilities before closing last year in the face of changes in state funding and policy.

Local developer Beacon Management has entered into an agreement to buy the site to develop an affordable-housing community for seniors, subject to local and state approvals and support, including the awarding of tax credits through a competitive process administered by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.

Creative Aging Network-NC, which is occupying the Bell House site during a planning process that could take a year, has offered programs for two years in area retirement communities and in assisted-living, skilled-care and adult day-health facilities.

Individuals who live in or use those facilities now can take field trips to attend workshops at the Bell House location with others in the community.

Military court focus of United American Patriots gala

United American Patriots in Kernersville will host the 2015 Warrior Gala in Greensboro on November 25 to raise awareness about defending the military in military court.

Featured speakers at the event, to be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Greensboro – Airport, include Vicki Behenna, a former federal prosecutor and now director in the Oklahoma City office of Crowe & Dunlevy­; Captain Roger Hill, a war-crimes expert; and Sergeant Michael Patton Williams, who was convicted of a war crime, imprisoned and, with the assistance of United American Patriots, released on appeal.

United American Patriots says it has raised about $10 million and given about $6 million to assist soldiers and their families since it was founded in 2005.

Catholic School on move

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in High Point has opened a new program in science, technology, mathematics and engineering, or STEM; is set to open three new rooms on the second floor of its educational center; and has received LEED certification for its two-year old building.

The school launched the new Norcross STEM Program and is completing the Norcross Educational Center, thanks in part to a $2 million pledge from Rena and Mark Norcross of High Point. It is largest single donation ever for the Diocese of Charlotte.

The Norcross STEM program at the school will focus on addressing the need for more young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizes buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for a better environment and human health.

Work has begun on the second story of the school’s Educational Center wing. The new area will have a dedicated science lab, which will become the new home for middle school STEM classes at the school.

Greensboro builders team with Habitat

The Greensboro Builders Association is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro to build five new houses in five days, starting November 2 in Quail Oaks West subdivision in northeast Greensboro.

The building blitz, which the two organizations launched in 2003, will bring to 55 homes the total they have built.

This year, 17 Association members will participate, with time and materials from the builders and their subcontractors, suppliers and volunteers.

Participants include Disney Construction Company; Don Mills Builders; Ron Foister Custom Homes; Precept Construction; Naylor Custom Homes; Windsor Homes & Gary Jobe Builder; J&B Builders; New Age Builders; John Hodgin Construction Co; Silverstein Construction Corp; SwiftCreek Construction; JLB Remodeling; FM Contracting; DLM Builders; Brickwood Builders; and Keystone Homes.

Reynolds Trust awards $1.4 million on health insurance

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem awarded over $1.4 million in grants to eight organizations to support efforts to help educate North Carolinians about available health insurance options.

The groups will use the funds to reach out to low-income, Spanish-speaking, and rural North Carolinians.

The funds also will support statewide collaborative efforts among organizations working to maximize the number of people who enroll for health coverage through the Marketplace established by the federal Affordable Care Act.

 The grants bring to $4.4 million the investment the Reynolds Trust has made in helping North Carolinians identify and secure health insurance in the Marketplace.

Wake Forest law school launching Veterans Legal Clinic

The School of Law at Wake Forest University has launched a Veterans Legal Clinic to provide legal services to veterans who have legal issues stemming from or relating to their military service and who currently are underserved by existing programs.

The clinic aims to serve North Carolina military personnel including active duty service members, reservists, veterans and non-affiliated veterans.

Meredith College receives $1 million

Meredith College in Raleigh received a $1 million gift from alumna Bobbitt Clay Williams of the class of 1957 and her husband, Bill Williams, of Newport Beach, Calif.

Meredith will use the funds to support renovations to Johnson Hall, its main administration building.

A suite of offices in the building will be named the Bobbitt Clay Williams Executive Suite and is expected to open next spring.  

Medical Society gets $440,500

The North Carolina Medical Society Foundation has been awarded a three-year, $440,500 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for its Rural Accountable Care Organization Initiative to improve access to health care for people living in rural and underserved areas of the state.

Fresh Market raises $300,000

The Fresh Market raised just over $300,000 at its 178 stores in the Southeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions in its third annual Cupcakes for a Cause campaign to benefit No Kid Hungry.

Since it was launched in 2013, the campaign has raised over $1 million to help end childhood hunger in the U.S.

Miracle League raises $250,000

Miracle League of the Triangle, which uses baseball to create positive experiences for children and adults with special needs, and their families, raised over $250,000 at an event October 20 at The Pavilion at the Angus Barn that attracted 400 business owners and leaders, entrepreneurs and politicians.

Women’s Resource Center raises $100,000

The Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro raised over $100,000 at Men Can Cook, the most ever from its signature fundraising event.

The event, which celebrated the Center’s 20th anniversary, featured the support of over 50 community chefs, a silent auction and corporate sponsorships.

Last year, the agency served over 9,000 women.

Public School Forum gets $90,000

The Public School Forum of North Carolina has received a three-year, $90,000 grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation in Raleigh to support strategic planning and capacity-building.

Rocky Mount and Edgecombe foundations give $89,590

The Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation for Greater Rocky Mount and the Edgecombe Charitable Foundation, both affiliates of the North Carolina Community Foundation, have awarded a total of $89,590 in local grants.

Scrap Exchange gets $15,000

The Scrap Exchange in Durham received a $15,000 grant from the Harry L. Rust and Helen M. Rust Charitable Foundation in Kansas City to buy a box truck for the collection of materials.

Established in 1991, The Scrap Exchange diverts over 100 tons of material from landfills each year.

In 2014, the organization served over 250,000 individuals through its retail store, art gallery and design center, as well as its creative arts programming offered across the Southeast.

Volunteers pitch in at elementary school

HandsOn Northwest North Carolina partnered with local employees of WME | IMG to perform service projects on October 15 at Ward Elementary School in Winston-Salem, where over half the 800 students receive lunch that is free or at a reduced price.

High Point Salvation Army to hold sale

The Salvation Army of High Point will hold a sale on October 24 of showroom sample prints, frames, lamps and home décor items.

The sample sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Salvation Army on 301 West Green Drive in High Point.

Horizons names two board members

Taquanica Floyd, an information-technology manager for Inmar, and Carol Kirby, a professional in residence in the department of education and graduate studies at Salem College, have been named to the board of directors of Horizons Residential Care Center, a  facility in Rural Hall for children and adults with severe disabilities.

High Point University fraternities, sororities give $3,500

Fraternities and sororities at High Point University donated over $3,500 to High Point Community Foundation to support Backpack Beginnings and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater High Point.

Me Fine Foundation raises $178,000

The Me Fine Foundation raised over $178,000 at a gala in September at the City Club of Raleigh that attracted 440 guests.

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