Nonprofit news roundup, 12.23.15

Salvation Army honors Furnitureland South founders

Salvation Army of High Point has honored the late Darrell and Stella Harris, founders of Furnitureland South, by presenting its “Others” award to their sons, Jeff and Jason Harris.

Salvation Army also is establishing an award in the name of Darrell and Stella Harris that will be presented annually starting in 2016 to an organization or individual showing the same level of lifelong volunteerism, generosity and commitment they gave to the community.

Employee fundraising activities throughout the year, culminating in an annual furniture sale featuring items donated by Furnitureland South, have raised about $600,000 over the past 15 years for The Salvation Army of High Point.

Lincoln Financial Group receives volunteer service award

Lincoln Financial Group received the 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Corporation of the Year from The Volunteer Center of Greensboro on behalf of The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

The award, created in the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.

United Way of Greater Greensboro, Guilford Education Alliance and the Greensboro Science Center nominated Lincoln Financial for the award for Lincoln’s work as advocates and volunteers.

More givers for Giving Tuesday at Wake Forest University

A fundraising campaign at Wake Forest University on December 1 for Giving Tuesday generated $197,259 in contributions from 1,079 separate donors that earned another $100,000 through a matching gift.

Participation in the effort grew 86 percent from last year.

SAFEchild raises $175,000

SAFEchild in Raleigh raised over $175,000 from individual donors, corporate sponsors and matching gifts at its annual luncheon, held November 18 at the Hilton North Raleigh-Midtown.

Moore County women give $17,000

Moore Women – A Giving Circle, a giving network that is a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded $17,000 to five organizations in Moore County.

Poe Center to host luau fundraiser

The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh will host a luau fundraiser on February 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Center at 225 Sunnybrook Rd.

Nonprofit news roundup, 12.18.15

ArtsGreensboro sets $1.1 million goal

ArtsGreensboro has set a $1.1 million goal for its 2016 ArtsFund campaign.

Money raised in the annual campaign supports over 50 arts organizations, artists and teachers.

In the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2016, ArtsGreensboro is providing $1.03 million in local grants and community support.

Including the National Folk Festival and the Van Dyke Performance Space, ArtsGreensboro will invest $3 million in the community this fiscal year.

Honorary co-chairs for the campaign are songwriter and singer Laurelyn Dossett, and Bill Porter, vice president  in the office of fund development at Cone Health and vice chair of the board of directors at Arts Greensboro.

Sisters of Mercy Foundation gives $1.5 million

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation awarded grants totaling nearly $1.5 million to 32 nonprofits in the Carolinas.

The grants included 15 totaling $711,801 that focus on education; nine totaling $420,475 on social services; and eight totaling $367,000 on health care.

Groups getting grants are located in Buncombe, Caldwell, Cleveland, Jackson, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Rutherford, and Union counties in North Carolina and York in South Carolina.

Salvation Army giving toys to kids

The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem this week is distributing toys to 3,000 families with more than 7,000 children.

Starting Thursday and continuing through Saturday, 100 families an hour are visiting the Salvation Army’s Christmas Center, with over two dozen volunteers on hand each day.

Winston-Salem State gets $25,000

Winston-Salem State University has received a $25,000 donation from Sue Henderson, senior vice president and regional director at Wells Fargo Wealth Management in Winston-Salem and a member of the school’s board of trustees, and from her husband, Doug.

The gift created the Sue and Doug Henderson Endowed Scholarship, honoring Brenda A. Allen, the school’s provost, to support financially challenged students and academic excellence.

Fort joins Lucy Daniels Center

Ellen Fort, former director of corporate and foundation giving for the North Carolina Symphony and former director of workplace giving for the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, has joined the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood as director of development and communications.

Fort led the Center’s November 20 gala held at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary that raised $100,000.

Fehrman moves to Duke entrepreneurship center

Robyn Schryer Fehrman, executive director in Eastern North Carolina for Teach for America, has joined the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University as director of programs.

Gordineer named to national United Way group

Cindy Gordineer, president and CEO of United Way of Forsyth County, has been appointed to the National Professional Council of United Ways, a group of CEOs from throughout the U.S. that works to identify common challenges and solutions for local United Ways.

Delamar leaves Food Bank

Ashley Delamar has left his job as vice president of development at the Raleigh-based Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina and joined Grizzard Communications Group as a senior business development strategist.

Grants available for Winston-Salem/Forsyth educators

The Winston-Salem Foundation is accepting applications through February 5, 2016, for grants of up to $2,500 professional development for educators from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Foundation for a Healthy High Point names two board members

Matthew Jobe, a lawyer at Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler, and Sheri Lim, assistant professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at High Point University, have joined the board of directors of Foundation for a Healthy High Point.

Greensboro Urban Ministries gets clothing

The Realtor Community Service Committee of Greensboro Regional Realtors Association, filled 180 grocery bags with warm clothing for the residents at Greensboro Urban Ministries.

The committee raised $3,618 through raffle ticket sales and donations from Association members to buy the items, which included a hat, scarf, gloves, thermal shirts and pants, T-shirts, socks and snacks, plus toiletries provided by Holiday Inn Express.

Steele & Vaughn provided a truck for the pick-up and delivery to Urban Ministries.

Heart Association forms Emerging Leaders Group

The Triad chapter of the American Heart Association has created an Emerging Leaders Group for corporate business professionals ages 25 to 35.

Chaired by Brittney Carroll of Greensboro, the 2015-16 Emerging Leaders Group will focus on social and professional networking, leadership opportunities, mentorship, philanthropic efforts and community involvement.

An Emerging Leaders Summit, sponsored by Dixon Hughes Goodman, will be held in spring 2016.

To get involved, contact LeKeshia Franklin at (336)542-4832 or lekeshia.franklin@heart.org.

High Point Community Foundations gives $329,000

High Point Community Foundation awarded $329,000 to 16 nonprofits, bringing to over $4.5 million the total dollars it has awarded since its grants program was founded in 1998.

Donor advised funds at the Foundation have awarded grants totaling nearly $36.8 million, bringing total Foundation grants since 1998 to nearly $41.3 million.

Greensboro Housing Coalition gets grant

Greensboro Housing Coalition received a $25,000 grant from Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, partially matching a $125,000 grant The Kresge Foundation  awarded in July.

The Coalition, an advocate for safe, fair and affordable housing for people in Greensboro with low and moderate incomes, now aims to match Kresge’s grant by July 2016.

Alliance Medical Ministry teams up for greater impact

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — When patients at its health clinic want to improve their job skills or change jobs, Alliance Medical Ministry in Raleigh refers them to StepUp Ministry Raleigh, which offers a life-skills program to job-seekers.

And when StepUp clients lack health insurance, the agency refers them to Alliance, which provides comprehensive primary medical care to working adults in Wake County who are uninsured.

“If you have access to healthy community initiatives and social supports, it will increase patients’ ability to address health issues and life issues,” says Megg Rader, president and executive director of Alliance.

To help raise awareness of their collaborative work, and generate funds to help support it, Alliance  and StepUp this fall piloted “Share the Pie,” selling 500 donated pies for Thanksgiving.

The effort, which recruited professional bakers from restaurants, caterers and bakers in Raleigh and Cary, raised $12,500 and likely will be expanded next year.

Founded in 2001 and operating with an annual  budget of $1.4 million, 17 employees and 250 active volunteers, Alliance serves about 4,000 patients. In addition to comprehensive primary care, it provides lab work donated by Rex Healthcare and medicine either at reduced cost or free.

And in partnership with at least 20 organizations, Alliance increasingly is focusing on the interconnectedness between health, wellness, jobs and poverty.

It also is working to connect patients to information and resources for healthy food, exercise, physical activity and other support services such as job training, child care and transportation to address barriers to economic stability for people in need.

Alliance is one of five agencies in Wake County that are piloting a “community-centered health home” model — one of 12 pilot programs throughout the state supported by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

Alliance and YMCA of Triangle already have piloted the kind of program the model is looking for. Alliance now refers its patients in southast Raleigh who are identified as pre-diabetic to a diabetes-prevention program that YMCA of the Triangle piloted at the Alexander Family YMCA on Hillsborough Street and then piloted with Alliance for its patients in southeast Raleigh.

Through The Family Table, a separate but overlapping initiative supported by United Way of the Greater Triangle, Alliance is one of six partner agencies that connect clients to one another and collect data to identify support services to better serve clients.

The Food Pantry at Catholic Charities, for example, assesses the employment needs of clients, and then might refer them to StepUp or Dress for Success, partner agencies that can provide them with job-training classes or programs to develop their skills in applying for jobs.

Other partners in the pilot program, which serves 50 families in southeast Raleigh, are Child Care Services Associates and the Wake County Boys and Girls Clubs.

Generating over $1 million a year in contributions, Alliance in May 2014 launched Alliance Circle, a giving program that 30 women have joined by agreeing to give $100 a month for two years, or a total of $2,400 each, enough to support the health of three women at Alliance.

Alliance also generates income from two events it hosts in alternate years — a “Farm to Table” dinner that raised $125,000 this past spring, and “In Her Shoes,” a women’s leadership luncheon that will be held next spring and focuses on women’s health and overcoming barriers to women’s health.

“All these organizations that are serving vulnerable populations have so much crossover,” Rader says. “We work on health, but unless we connect health to all these other issues people are facing, we’re really not going to move forward.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 12.11.15

Guilford schools chief to head Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Maurice “Mo” Green, superintendent of the Guilford County Schools, has been named executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem.

Green, who is resigning from his Guilford schools job to head the Foundation, likely next spring, will succeed Leslie Winner, who will retire after eight years as the Foundation’s top executive.

Green will be the first African-American and the third lawyer in a row to head the Foundation, which says it is working to “maximize its impact and leverage its assets in light of demographic, economic and technological shifts across the state.”

At Guilford County Schools, a system with 127 schools, 10,000 employees, over 72,000 students and an annual budget over $600 million, Green in January 2009 unveiled the district’s first-ever strategic plan. In January 2013, he unveiled its next plan, for 2016.

The Guilford graduation grew to 88.5 percent in 2014 from 79.5 percent in 2008, when Green was named superintendent.

Roughly 35 percent of the Class of 2014 took and passed at least one Advanced Placement exam or International Baccalaureate exam or college course.

In 2013-14, volunteers at the schools logged over 475,000 hours of service, up nearly 65,000 hours from the previous year, while cash and in-kind donations grew $2.3 million  from the previous year.

Before joining Guilford County Schools, Green worked for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, which he joined in 2001 as general counsel after working as a partner at law firm Smith Helms Mullis & Moore in Charlotte.

He was named chief operating office of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 2006 and later was named deputy superintendent.

Green has a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics, and a law degree, both from Duke University.

Before joining the Foundation in January 2008, Winner served as vice president and general counsel for the University of North Carolina system.

She succeeded Tom Ross, a judge and former director of the state’s Administrative Office  of the Courts, who joined the Foundation in 2001. He left the Foundation to become president of Davidson College and later was named president of the UNC system.

YMCA campaign raises $6 million, gets challenge

A campaign to raise $7 million to build the new Poole Family YMCA on Aversboro Road in Garner has raised just over $6 million and received a challenge from an anonymous donor who has agreed to match any gift up to $250,000 through January 31, 2016.

The women’s locker room at the new YMCA will be named for the late Faye Gardner of Garner, thanks to a donation from her family.

Gardner, who died in November, was vice president of operations for the Garner Chamber of Commerce, a long-time volunteer for YMCA of Garner, and a volunteer fundraiser for in the campaign to build the new 30,000-square-foot facility.

Inmar funding scholarships at Wake Forest

Inmar Inc. in Winston-Salem will fund a scholarship that will be awarded to graduate and undergraduate students with a strong interest in majoring in computer science at Wake Forest University.

The undergraduate scholarships, valued at $10,000 a year, will allow students to earn $6,400 during the summer and up to $5,000 through fall and spring semester work-study programs at Inmar.

The graduate awards will be valued at $21,000 and will consist of paid work study and scholarship. 

 The goal is to enroll five to 10 students a year, depending on the applicant pool. Scholarship recipients will gain industry experience using the newest web and mobile technology and data analytics and also receive mentorship networking and career development benefits.

Career Transitions-StepUp moving to Wake Tech

Career Transitions-StepUp, a Raleigh-based program that has provided support for thousands of unemployed and underemployed people since it was founded in 2008, will become a new program of the Human Resources Development division at Wake Tech in January 2016.

The program, which will be renamed Career Transitions Forum, will offer a weekly lecture series for business professionals looking to advance their careers.

Starting January 14, it will meet Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church at 4815 Six Forks Rd. in Raleigh.

With meetings moderated by Gail McCowan, a Wake Tech instructor and career coach, Career Transitions Forum will provide programs ad counseling aimed at building job-search skills and confidence.

Speakers will include representatives of Triangle companies, staffing and search firms, and career counselors.

Initially known as Career Transition Support Group, the program for its first five years was part of White Memorial Presbyterian Church, and for the past two years has been part of StepUp Ministry.

Nonprofits adapting to rising donor demand to track social impact

Rising demand from donors that nonprofits report on the social returns of the donors’ gifts is making it tougher for nonprofits to raise money, and many nonprofits plan to try to meet donor expectations by changing the way they track their social impact, a new survey says.

Among 114 CEOs, executive directors, presidents, chief financial officers and board members of nonprofits with annual budgets between $10 million and $200 million who responded to a survey by accounting firm Marks Paneth, 47 percent say it’s challenging or extremely challenging to raise money with more donors looking for  data on the social return of their investments.

Sixty-eight percent of survey respondents say their organizations plan over the next three years to change the way they measure social return on investment.

Fifty-three percent say it is possible to report definitive results for social return on investment within a year of a donor’s investment, and 19 percent say their base of donors allows a portion of their gifs to be used to cover the cost of measuring outcomes.

Only four percent of survey respondents say donors’ expectations for reporting and showing impact are unreasonable.

Mountain Valley Hospice building in-patient facility

Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in Yadkinville has raised over $2 million in a campaign to raise $2.5 million to help pay for the first inpatient hospice facility in Yadkin County.

Mountain Valley Hopsice, which will break ground on the facility on December 16, 

has received a challenge grant from the State Employee’s Credit Union, local support and other grants.

The new SECU hospice home of Yadkin will be located at North Lee Avenue on land adjacent to the SECU campus in Yadkinville.

Pope Foundation gives $1.8 million

The John William Pope Foundation in Raleigh awarded $1.8 million to North Carolina nonprofits in its winter grant cycle.

Of the total, over $1 million went to humanitarian groups that address hunger, housing, and health needs, mainly in the Triangle, including $400,000 to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help fulfill a $1.3 million pledge made in 2014. 

First time grants included $10,000 each to Camp Corral, Dress for Success of Eastern North Carolina, TROSA, and Wake County 4-H; $5,000 each to to the Hope Center at Pullen and Junior Achievement of the Triangle; and $2,500 to Raleigh Camerata.

Other large grants included $250,000 each to the North Carolina Museum of Art and White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, and $225,000 to Asheville School.

John Rex Endowment gives $1.9 million

The John Rex Endowment in Raleigh awarded $1.9 million to support five groups that are partnering to nurture children’s mental, social and emotional well-being in places and spaces where children live, learn and play.

The four-year grant collaborative project includes the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University; Lucy Daniels Center; Marbles Kids Museum; Natural Learning Initiative in theCollege of Design at North Carolina State University; and Project CATCH, a program of The Salvation Army of Wake County.

The project is rooted in a plan developed through a process led by the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy.

The project partners aim to combine their work in creative play, mental health, family needs, child development, policy and design to improve specific children’s places in Wake County as demonstration sites for community learning.

Walking Classroom gets $451,000

The Walking Classroom Institute in Chapel Hill has been awarded a two-year, $451,000 grant by The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem.

The Walking Classroom will use the grant to make its program available to 350 teachers and thousands of elementary school children in six rural North Carolina counties.

Over the next several years, the project will provide podcasts to over 15,000 fourth and fifth grade students while they walk several times a week throughout the school year.

Since it was formed in 2011 and mainly with foundation support, Walking Classroom Institute has provided free class sets of its program to over 800 teachers throughout the U.S., affecting about 25,000 students, or nearly $1.4 million in donated materials.

Raleigh couple honored

Former Waste Industries CEO Jim Perry and his wife Becky have received the Benefactor of the Year Award from the Council for Resource Development in Washington, D.C.

The Raleigh couple have been generous supporters of Wake Tech Community College for nearly 20 years.

Last year, they presented the college with a gift of $2 million, the largest cash contribution in its history.

Wake Tech’s Perry Health Sciences Campus is named in their honor. Jim Perry is a former chairman of the Wake Tech board of trustees.

 In 1996, Jim Perry established Waste Industries as an annual corporate supporter of Wake Tech Community College.

The company’s contributions to the Wake Tech Foundation exceed $250,000, and have funded student scholarships, as well as trucks and equipment to enhance training programs for heavy equipment operators and other technicians.

Public School Forum to hold policy breakfast

The Public School Forum of North Carolina will hold its 2016 Eggs & Issues Breakfast on January 19, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Marbles Kids Museum at 201 East Hargett St. in Raleigh.

Battleship North Carolina gets $100,000

Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington received a $100,000 donation from the North Carolina Farm Bureau to its fundraising campaign to repair the hull of the ship.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $405,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation’s awarded 12 community grants in November totaling $404,860.

Elsewhere Museum gets $25,000

Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, an artist residency program, public museum and field-building organization for experimental, process and socially driven art practices, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The grant will support the museum’s Southern Constellations program by providing funding for six artist residency fellowships, as well as public programs that build connection between artists and arts institutions in the Southeast.

High Point YMCA gets $100,000

High Point University is underwriting the new splash pad to be built at the Carl Chavis YMCA in High Point with a lead gift of $100,000.

The splash pad will be named in honor of Carlvena Foster, executive director of the YMCA.

High Point University board of stewards gives $10,000

The Board of Stewards at High Point University collected over $10,000 from service at High Point University Chapel to support the to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

Nonprofit news roundup, 12.04.15

Giving Tuesday generates nearly $117 million in online donations

Giving Tuesday, a four-year-old effort to use social media to spur charitable donations, generated nearly $117 million in online donations on December 1, up over 155 percent from 2014, according to preliminary calculations from the event’s organizers, Reuters reports.

In the 24 hours starting at midnight on Tuesday, U.S. charities reported receiving 1.08 million donations, Reuters says.

Blackbaud, which provides software and services for nonprofits, says it processed over $39.6 million on Giving Tuesday, up 52 percent from 2014, based on over 5,000 organizations that received at least one online donations.

Blackbaud processed over 130 million emails, up 42 percent from 2014, with the average online gift totaling $137, up six percent.

Mobile  devices were used to make 17 percent of  online donations on Giving Tuesday, up from 13 percent, and data show a shift to mobile giving during evening hours as donors engage on multiple screens, Blackbaud says.

The Associated Press reported Blackbaud estimates it processes over 10 percent of all online giving in the U.S. but handles over 80 percent of donations on Giving Tuesday, which it and other groups launched in 2012.

Network for Good, which also processes online donations, reported nearly $6.6 million in donations on Tuesday, AP reported.

And PayPal, a payment processor, says it recorded donations totaling $45.8 million globally on Tuesday, although some of those funds also may have been recorded by donation processors like Blackbaud or Network for Good that use PayPal like a bank, AP said.

Sesame Street to pilot new initiative in Guilford County

Guilford County is one of three communities Sesame Workshop has selected as pilots to conduct research, development and a national rollout of “Sesame Street in Communities,” a new initiative that will provide U.S. children with online resources that focus on social and emotional well-being, health and early learning.

The effort, which also will be piloted in Los Angeles and Kansas City, aims to connect vulnerable families and at-risk children from birth through age six to a digital portal that is home to Sesame’s social-impact resources.

The New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is supporting the research-and-development phase of the initiative.

The Phillips Foundation in Greensboro convened an advisory meeting in November with co-organizers — United Way of Greater Greensboro and the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

As a result of the meeting, several Guilford County social-service organizations have begun incorporating Sesame resources for vulnerable families into their services.

SECU Foundation funds digital space at Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art has opened a newly renovated auditorium, distance-learning classroom, and outdoor classroom, funded by a $1.9 million grant from the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation.

The spaces are digitally connected and equipped with technology to share the Museum’s programs and resources with audiences across and outside the state.

Oberle retiring from Habitat Forsyth

Sylvia Oberle, who joined Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County as executive director and CEO in February 2006, will retire in May 2016.

Habitat’s board of directors will begin a national search for a new executive director and aims to fill the job by late spring.

Event raises $130,000 for Communities in Schools

The third annual Wine Women & Shoes on October 8 raised event raised $130,000 for Communities in Schools of North Carolina.

Stacey Mangum, president of RPG Solutions, served as volunteer chairwoman for the event, which was held at Talley Student Union at N.C. State University and attracted over 300 people.

Wake women’s network gives $40,000

The Women’s Giving Network of Wake County awarded a total of $105,000 to Green Chair Project, Women’s Center of Wake County, Queen’s Foundation and Kidznotes.

The Network, a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation, has given $1 million to Wake nonprofits over the last nine years.

Winston-Salem State supporters give $35,100

A total of 564 Winston-Salem State University donors gave a total of $35,100 on December 1 during Giving Tuesday to fund scholarships for the university, exceeding the $20,000 goal and five times more than last year.

Wal-Mart teams with Salvation Army

Wal-Mart is hosting a “Fill the Truck” toy drive in Winston-Salem and Mocksville through December 13 as part of the 125th annual Red Kettle Campaign at Salvation Army of Winston-Salem to help provide new toys and coats to local children on Christmas.

High Point University teams with Gifts for Kids

High Point University donated the use of the JCPenny building at the University’s Oak Hollow Mall for the FOX8 Roy’s Folks Craft Fair that raises money to support the FOX8 Gifts for Kids program in partnership with Salvation Army of High Point.

Cone Health gets $50,000

The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation has given Cone Health $50,000 to fund breast-cancer care for patients in Guilford and Rockingham counties.

The grant will be used to pay for medical testing and procedures for underserved women whose screening mammograms revealed areas of concern.

No Blank Walls gets $5,000

No Blank Walls, a street art project in Greensboro, has received a $5,000 donation from the Downtown Greensboro Residents Association.

Council on Developmental Disabilities honors advocacy, leadership

Becky Garland Hopper of Andrews received the Jack B. Hefner Memorial Award from North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities and Michael Mayer of Mebane posthumously received the Helen C. “Holly” Riddle Distinguished Service Award.

The Hefner Memorial Award honors vision and achievement in advocacy by North Carolina families and people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Hooper has advocated on behalf of her 26-year-old son born with Down syndrome and mentored families whose lives have been touched by intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

The Riddle Distinguished Service Award honors leadership by a professional in the field of intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Mayer oversaw the development of community residential, vocational,and other support and treatment services for over 700 people with disabilities, specializing in individuals with more severe or complex disabilities, or both, with a focus on inclusion in community. 

Kids get Thanksgiving dinner at Boys & Girls Club

Victor Gatling of Durham provided a Thanksgiving meal to 150 children and staff at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham. It was the second straight year he hosted the Thanksgiving dinner.