Nonprofit news roundup, 06.02.17

Reynolds Trust investing $1 million in Forsyth kids

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem awarded over $1 million in grants to local groups that work to help young children in Forsyth County succeed in school.

Funding from the grants support health clinics that work to connect low-income families to other services, such as home visitations and mental health counseling; collaboration among local agencies that provide health and developmental services; and research on the effectiveness of “universal” pre-kindergarten programs in the county.

JDRF gala raises $950,000

The chapter of JDRF that serves the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina raised $950,000 at its 14th annual Hope Gala on April 29 at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh to fund type 1 diabetes research.

High Point United Way awards $31,000

United Way of Greater High Point will award a total of $31,045 in venture grants to nine local agencies, including some that are not traditional United Way partner agencies, bringing to over $350,000 that total it has awarded over eight of the last 10 years for new initiatives and one-time capital items.

United Way this year received 35 applications for venture grants — small, one-time grants — requesting a total of over $225,000 from groups in Guilford and Randolph Counties to address emerging or unmet needs.

Grant recipients, and the amount they were awarded, include Family Service of the Piedmont, $2,250; High Point Jail Ministry, $1,000; High Point Leap Program, $5,155; Mt. Zion Baptist Church, $3,500; Operation Xcel, $4,100; Open Door Ministries, $2,000; Piedmont Health Services, $3,940; Senior Resources of Guilford, $5,000; YWCA of High Point, $5,000.

Volunteers pack 190,000 meals

Over 1,000 corporate volunteers teamed up to sort and package over 190,000 meals for local families facing hunger in the sixth annual Sort-A-Rama on May 25 organized by the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh in collaboration with Triangle companies.

Starting in 2012, volunteers for the event have sorted over 750,000 meals for distribution to individuals, families, and seniors in need through the Food Bank’s partner agencies in 34 counties.

Presenting partners for the 2017 event were BASF, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Cisco, Food Lion, and RTI International.

Other sponsors included Dude Solutions, NetApp, Bank of America, PPD, Crown Lift Trucks, Duke Energy, Nationwide Insurance, and UNC Rex Healthcare.

Drive collects 79,000 pounds of food

The 2017 Postal Food Drive in the High Point area collected 78,783.6 pounds of food, up from 75,300 in 2016.

Food collected in the drive, which United Way of Greater High Point coordinates and promotes through the donation of its time, will support 15 local food pantries.

Transitions LifeCare gets $125,000

Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh has received a $125,000 grant from The Duke Endowment in Charlotte to establish a pediatric telehealth program.

Historical Society honors volunteers, supporters

Rebecca Gurkin, who contributed over 50 hours of service over the past year to The High Point Historical Society, and a total of nearly 345 hours since March 2009, received the group’s Walsh Award at its 51st annual meeting on May 23 at Rickety Bridge Winery. Bill Phillips received the Mary Lib Joyce Award for distinct service and dedication, while Van Voorhees Trivette received special recognition for her help with fundraising for the Little Red Schoolhouse.

Yvonne Bostic-Short was elected president of the Society’s board of trustees, and Nicholas Ruden was elected president-elect.

Alamance Achieves names executive director

Tyronna Hooker, a former North Carolina Teacher of the Year, has been named executive director of Alamance Achieves in Burlington.

For the last four years, Hooker has worked for Teach For America to assist systems in 16 school districts recruit, hire and train new teachers.

North Carolina Community Foundation names regional officers

Megan Ellis, regional development officer at the North Carolina Community Foundation, has been named its regional director of development for the northwestern and western regions.

Anne Sorhagen, interim CEO at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, has joined the Foundation as regional director for the southeastern region.

Durham nonprofit focuses on Nicaragua

Durham-based Sister Communities of San-Ramon, Nicaragua, this year completed its third school construction project in a rural community in San Ramon, a county in Nicaragua.

The nonprofit now has built a pre-school classroom; school kitchen; electrical system for the entire school, which includes two other classrooms; and a water system.

Humanities Council accepting grant requests

June 30 is the deadline to submit proposals to the North Carolina Humanities Council in Charlotte for grants up to $25,000 for public humanities projects that focus on the state’s diversity, traditions and cultures.

College students get scholarships

Louis DeJoy, president of LDJ Global Strategies in Greensboro, and his wife, Aldona Wos, are providing over $50,000 in scholarship funding for college students in North Carolina to attend summer academic internship programs organized by The Fund for American Studies and held in Washington, D.C.

The students will work as interns with government agencies, media outlets, businesses and nonprofits, while attending classes accredited by George Mason University.

Eastern Music Festival getting pianos

Mitchell’s Piano Gallery and Yamaha will provide 28 pianos for rehearsal facilities, teaching studios and concert halls during the 2017 season of Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro.

Discovery Place Education Studio gets $50,000

Discovery Place Education Studio, which provides ongoing professional development for educators in science, technology, engineering and math from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, is getting $50,000  from I-77 Mobility Partners.

Second Harvest getting $42,000

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem is getting $42,000 from the 2017 North Carolina Sporting Clays Tournament hosted by Vulcan Materials Company at the Hunting Creek Preserves in Harmony.

For every dollar donated, Second Harvest will be able to distribute seven meals to people in need, or a total of over 294,000 meals across the 18 counties it serves.

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