Nonprofit news roundup, 02.24.17

Shelter lands $100,000 grant

Wesley Shelter, a nonprofit in Wilson that serves domestic-violence survivors and homeless women and children has been awarded the 2017 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services, including a $100,000 grant, from the John William Pope Foundation.

Wesley Shelter, among over 40 groups throughout the state that submitted applications for the one-time prize, will use the funds for to expand and improve handicap accessibility to its facility, allowing it to accommodate additional clients and relocate existing office space to create more efficient shelter space.

Prevention Partners suspends operations

Prevention Partners, a Chapel Hill nonprofit that worked to build healthier communities through products designed to guide schools, workplaces, hospitals and clinics to address the leading causes of preventable disease, suspended operations on February 17 after 18 years in the face of financial challenges, Whitney Davis, its chief mission officer, said in an email announcement.

Reynolds joins Our Towns Habitat

Patrice Reynolds, former executive director for Friends of the Animals in Mooresville, has been named director of development of Our Towns Habitat for Humanity in Cornelius.

Bailey’s gives over $70,000

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry donated over $61,000 to local charities in 2016 through a program that provides customers with a complimentary watch-battery replacement and in exchange requests they make to a charity it designates each month.

Since it launched the effort in 2008, Bailey’s has donated over $355,000 to nonprofits in the Raleigh, Rocky Mount and Greenville.

Bailey’s also donated $9,500 in 2016 to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina through a program in which it donates funds to buy 360 meals to feed a family in return for every ring purchased from its special collection of engagement and wedding jewelry.

Hurricane relief effort gets $10,000

The North Carolina FFA Association received a $10,000 donation form the Crop Science division of Bayer to help fund up to 20 community enhancement projects over the next several months to help strengthen and rebuild communities affected by Hurricane Matthew.

United Way honors Triad campaigns

Seven organizations in the High Point area and five in the Greensboro area received Spirit of North Carolina Awards for Campaign Excellence from United Way of North Carolina.

Winners in High Point, which received nearly one-fourth of the 29 Spirit awards given to organizations throughout the state, included Cross Company; High Point University; Mickey Truck Bodies; Smith Leonard; Thomas Built Buses; Guilford County Schools; and City/County Government of Guilford County.

Winners in Greensboro included City of Greensboro and Guilford County; Guilford County Schools; SunTrust Bank; E.P. Pearce Elementary School; and Northwest Middle School.

Habitat Greensboro honors volunteers

Arnold Jeffries received the 2016 Joe White Volunteer of the Year Award from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro, and Geneva Metzger and Joseph Stiefel received the 2016 Gerard Davidson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hispanic League scholarships total $700,000

The Hispanic League has awarded 328 scholarships since 2000 worth a total $700,000 to Hispanic/Latino students who are current or former Forsyth County English Language Learner students.

On February 24, the Hispanic League and the American Heart Association were scheduled to team  up to bring the Hispanic League Beating Hearts Zumbathon to Winston-Salem at the Village Inn Event Center in Clemmons.

Volunteers pitch in at child center

Seven employees of Tar Heel Basement Systems volunteered at ABC of NC Child Development Center in Winston-Salem, setting up activity stations and connecting with individual children.

The nonprofit serves children and families with autism.

Event to raise scholarships funds

The Project One Scholarship Fund will host its sixth annual “Power of One” fundraiser on March 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Byron’s South End at 101 W. Worthington Ave. in Charlotte.

The event, which is free but requires registration in advance, last year raised $70,000 for college scholarships for students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Habitat Greensboro building house to mark 30 years

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro has begun building a house over the course of 30 days to mark its 30th anniversary.

Habitat construction employees are working with volunteers representing sponsors Brady Services; Christ United Methodist Church; Columbia Forest Products; Cone Health; First Presbyterian Church; Hillcrest Partners/Windsor Homes; Volvo Financial Services; Wells Fargo, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Volunteers work on playground

El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services in Winston-Salem is getting a new playground that will serve over 250 children and will be built by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and KaBoom!.

United Way gets $56,000

Publix Super Markets donated over $56,000 to the capital campaign of United Way of Forsyth County in the chain’s first nine months of business in the region.

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