Nonprofit news roundup, 12.16.16

Yntema to head Greensboro Hospice

Kristen Wither Yntema, vice president of regional development and innovation at Advanced Home Care in High Point, has been named president and CEO of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.

Yntema, who begins her new job on Feb. 20, 2017, will be the third CEO to lead the 36-year-old nonprofit and succeeds Patricia A. Soenksen, who will retire in March 2017 after nearly 10 years with the organization.

Yntema also will lead the Hospice Foundation of Greater Greensboro, the supporting organization for Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.

Sheldon retiring from Friends Homes

Wilson Sheldon will retire on December 31 as CEO of Friends Homes in Greensboro after 34 years at the nonprofit retirement community.

Sheldon joined Friends Homes in 1982 as assistant administrator, was promoted soon after that to administrator when his predecessor left, and in 1996 was promoted to CEO.

Under Sheldon, Friends Homes grew from a single-site community, now known as Friends Homes at Guilford, into two communities with the completion in 1994 of Friends Homes West.

Other efforts he led included, in March 2010, the installation of solar hot-water heating systems that reduced the consumption of fossil fuels by over 150 tons a year, and in May 2016, a management-services agreement with The Presbyterian Homes to provide management and marketing services.Founded by the North Carolina Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, to meet the needs of individuals age 60 and older, and chartered in in 1958, Friends Homes has two campuses that Presbyterian Homes Management Services manages.

Friends Homes Guilford, at 925 New Garden Rd., is home to about 325 residents, and Friends Home West, at 6100 West Friendly Ave., is home to about 300 residents.

Miller leaving UNC Gillings for Indiana University Health

Crystal Hinson Miller, associate dean for advancement at the Gillings School of GlobalPublic Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and executive director of the UNC-CH Public Health Foundation, has been named chief philanthropy officer at Indiana University Health, Inside Indiana Business reported.

Heart health focus of wellness kits

The American Heart Association and Crumley Roberts, sponsor of Greater Guilford Go Red For Women, are distributing a Healthy Heart Start Wellness Kit to nearly 100 local businesses, civic groups and places of worship in Guilford County — and asking them in January to share with their staff, clients, and patrons some of the health statistics, warning-signs materials and information on ways to prevent heart disease and stroke found in the kits.

Winston-Salem Foundation gives $343,000

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded 16 grants totaling $343,085 to organizations that serve people in Forsyth County in the areas of arts and culture; community and economic development; education; environment; health; human services; public interest; and recreation.

Salvation Army assisting 2,500 families

The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem expected to distribute Christmas assistance consisting of toys, food and clothing to over 2,500 families, including nearly 7,000 children.

This year, distribution is being handled by a volunteer group of students from Erskine College in South Carolina, headed up by Cali Colbert, daughter of Majors Stan and Deborah Colbert, the Salvation Army’s Area Commanders.

UAW-Ford distributing 800 meals

United Auto Workers Local  3250 in Greensboro, in a joint effort with Ford, will distribute at least 800 meal boxes valued at $75 a meal during UAW-Ford’s fourth annual holiday-giving initiative to fight hunger.

The national effort will distribute more than 25,000 meals valued at nearly $1 million to families across 17 states.

Charlotte students sponsored for UNC program

Raleigh-based marketing firm Creative Allies sponsored 50 children from Charlotte’s Ranson IB Middle School to the First Look Program at the University of North Carolina that works to increase awareness of the collegiate experience among middle-school students.

Hurricane victims get virtual mental-health appointments

Carolina Partners in Mental Health partnered with Durham telemedicine app TouchCare to provide 100 free virtual video appointments to North Carolina residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, connecting them residents with mental-health providers.

Syngenta employees pack toiletry kits

About a dozen employees of Syngenta were scheduled to pack up to 600 toiletry kits to benefit the Salvation Army Center of Hope in effort coordinated by the Volunteer Center and United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Museum of Art gets $92,000

North Carolina Museum of Art received a $92,000 grant from Duke Energy for improvements at its its Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park.

The funds will be used to improve the headwaters of the tributary to House Creek in the Museum Park in an effort to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff in the Neuse River Basin, and for a new trail and signage.

College students collect $7,500 for gifts

Students at High Point University collected $7,500 in chapel offerings this fall to support the Angel Tree Program at Salvation Army by buying gifts for 75 local families that included school uniforms, baby swings, dolls and bicycles.

People attending weekly chapel also sponsored individual children, including four children sponsored by Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Kids get holiday gifts

Tar Heel Basement Systems partnered with Potter’s House FRC in Winston Salem to provide holiday presents to 50 children in need.

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