Nonprofit news roundup, 11.04.16

United Way, NFL, schools team up on curriculum

Starting this school year, a required course in life-management skills for all ninth-graders in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will include materials developed by a digital-learning tech firm in collaboration with the National Football League, United Way Worldwide, and local United Ways in selected NFL markets outside North Carolina.

EverFi, the Washington, D.C., company that developed the materials, will train local school officials and teachers to use them, United Way says.

The materials aim to equip students in grades six through nine to build and keep healthy relationships and focus on topics such as character development and social-emotional learning.

United Way Worldwide is funding the use of the materials this school year in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and United Way of Forsyth County will invest $15,750 for their use in the 2017-18 school year, says Kim Thore, vice president of marketing and engagement for United Way of Forsyth County.

Overall, United Way, the NFL and EverFi together are investing at least $2 million a year in the project for three years through cash and in-kind support, says Tracey Holmes, director, NFL Partnership, for United Way Worldwide.

The school system this week provided training for every teacher of life-management skills in all 16 high schools in the county, provided a course outline, and showed teachers how to “embed” the six 30-minute modules in the curriculum, says Nancy Sutton, program manager for healthful living for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Teaching of the new materials is set to begin early in 2017.

High Point University gets $3 million

David Couch, CEO of The Blue Ridge Companies in High Point, and his wife, singer and songwriter Stephanie Quayle, are giving $3 million to High Point University.

Congdon Hall, an academic facility on campus, now will be named Couch Hall.

The facility had been named for Earl and Kitty Congdon. In 2015, the University named Congdon School of Health Sciences for the couple. The School, now under construction, is scheduled to open in 2017.

Community Housing Solutions gets $120,000

Wells Fargo awarded $120,000 to Community Housing Solutions in Greensboro.

The nonprofit will use the funds to expand its work to provide homeownership opportunities in Ole Asheboro through a collaborative effort it leads that includes Ole Asheboro Neighborhood Association, Greensboro Housing Development Partnership, City of Greensboro Neighborhood Development, Greensboro Builders Association, Housing Consultants Group and Carolina Bank.

A Lotta Love getting $31,000

A Lotta Love has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Women’s Giving Network of Wake County to remake rooms in Wrenn House in Raleigh, and $1,237 from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Community Involvement in Chapel Hill through a donation with funds raised by Alpha Chi Omega during theTaste of UNC Greeks cooking contest.

Roberts chairs Go Red For Women Campaign

Kimberly S. Roberts, vice president of cultural development at law firm Crumley Roberts in Greensboro and creator of Crumley Roberts Employee Wellness, has been named chair of the 2016-17 Guilford County Go Red For Women Campaign of the American Heart Association.

Bikers give $11,000

Bikers at the Ray Price Capital City Bikefest in Raleigh raised $11,393 for the USO of North Carolina and U.S. Veteran’s Corps.

Greensboro Urban Ministry to host events

Greensboro Urban Ministry will celebrate its 25th Feast of Caring on November 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church at 1000 W. Friendly Ave., and this year will add a special event, Feast of Caring Express, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the same day at the same location.

Adams named VP at Food Bank

Gideon Adams, former senior manager for programs and outreach at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh, has been named vice president for community health and engagement, heading a newly formed department.

Heart Association to host health expo

American Heart Association will host its inaugural High Point Healthy For Good Expo at Oak Hollow Mall of High Point University on February 18, with Cornerstone Health Care, an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist Health, as signature sponsor.

Thanksgiving pie sale to benefit two nonprofits

Alliance Medical Ministry and StepUp Ministry, both in Raleigh, are teaming up again for a fundraising effort, “Share the Pie,” that recruits Triangle bakers to bake Thanksgiving pies for sale to the public for pickup in Raleigh and Cary on November 23.

All proceeds benefit the two nonprofits.

Nonprofit to give away Thanksgiving dinners

I Am A Queen in High Point will given away up to 300 boxes of turkeys and nonperishable food items on November 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Windsor Recreation Center at at 1601 E. Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro.

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