Nonprofit news roundup, 06.17.16

High Point United Way expands feeding program for kids

United Way of Greater High Point provided weekend food to a record-high 590 students in just-ended school year through its BackPack Program, up 140 from the previous school year, and plans this month to serve 265 students, an increase of 120 from last summer.

Supplementing lunch students will received weekdays through Guilford County Schools and other government sources, United Way programs will provide breakfast during the week and BackPack meals over the weekend.

One hundred students will receive breakfast at the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and D-UP, a summer care program in the Washington St. Neighborhood.

Both sites lost their breakfast funding from other sources for this summer from other sources, and also will also distribute the weekend food.

Other partner sites for the summer include Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point, Carl Chavis Memorial Branch YMCA, and the Housing Authority of the City of High Point.

Novant Health gets $127,000 bequest

Novant Health Foundation Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem received a bequest of over $127,000 from the estate of Sally Leach of Kernersville.

Leach, who worked as a seamstress at Wrangler for 21 years and died in 2015 at age 81, made the donation in appreciation of the care her husband, David, received at the Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center at Forsyth Medical Center.

She requested the donation be used for cancer research.

Theater co-founder, music teacher honored

The family of the late Stephen Gee, co-founder of Broach Theatre Company in Greensboro who died of cancer on May 6 at age 60, posthumously received the Betty Cone Medal of Arts from ArtsGreensboro.

Janice Reinbold, a music teacher and chair of the cultural arts department at Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, received the arts organization’s 2016 Arts Education Teacher of the Year Award.

Former Girl Scouts and IBM leader to head Triangle Rotary

Rusine Mitchell Sinclair, former CEO of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines ad retired North Carolina senior state executive for IBM, has been named Rotary International district governor for 2016-17.

In the volunteer post, Sinclair will coordinate community and international service projects for the 45 Rotary clubs in the greater Triangle area, and will encourage support for The Rotary Foundation as it celebrates its 100th Anniversary of “Doing Good in the World” and its final push to eradicate polio.

High Point Salvation Army closing family store

The Salvation Army of High Point is closing its family store at 2531 Eastchester Drive in the wake of over the past year of declining sales, a continuing rise in operating expenses, an all-time low in income to serve families in crisis, and a $100,000 percent decline in donations, along with the death of five major donors.

N.C. Central receives $185,000

The Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise Program at North Carolina Central University in Durham received a $185,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to provide science, technology, engineering and math opportunities for students and teachers in three rural counties of North Carolina.

Durham Boys & Girls Club gets $50,000, raises $20,000

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Merck.

The Club also netted $20,000 from the Bull City Golf Classic Fore Kids on May 22 and 23 at Hope Valley Country Club.

Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment gives $69,000

Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment awarded $69,000 in grants to 11 area health and community organizations.

STARworks gets $50,000

STARworks in Star, N.C., has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts it will use to support WoodFire North Carolina, an international conference on wood‐fired ceramics it will host June 8-11, 2017, with the North CarolinaPottery Center in Seagrove.

High Point United Way awards venture grants

United Way of Greater High Point awarded seven agencies a total of $23,600 in venture grants to meet emerging or unmet needs.

In the past 10 years, United Way has awarded seven rounds of venture grants totaling over $230,000 to local agencies, most of them not traditional United Way partner agencies.

United Way this year received 26 applications from Guilford and Randolph counties totaling over $180,000 in requests for venture grants.

Salvation Army partners with BB&T

The Salvation Army of Wake County and BB&T teamed up to revamp the playrooms and nursery in the Salvation Army’s shelter for women and children at 1863 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh.

Through BB&T’s Lighthouse Project, launched in 2009, its employees have completed over 7,700 community service projects and donated over 385,000 volunteer hours.

Baptist Children’s Homes creates resource center

Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina is establishing The Bob and Carolyn Tucker Greater Vision Ministry Center at its Mills Home campus in Thomasville after receiving a $1 million donation from Bob and Carolyn Tucker of Kannapolis, founders of Shoe Show.

Womble Carlyle, Heart Association team up

Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice is partnering with the Winston‐Salem Heart Ball of the American Heart Association for the first-ever Healthy Heart Challenge in Forsyth County.

Womble Carlyle and the Heart Association will be accepting nominations for men and women who have made lifestyle changes in exercise and eating habits to prevent heart disease and stroke.

Three finalists will be announced in January 2017, with public voting then to decide the winner, who will be announced at the Ball on April 28 and will become the “Face of Heart Health” in Forsyth County for 2017.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $384,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 14 grants totaling $384,178 to local organizations that focus on animal welfare, arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health, human services, public interest, and youth.

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