Global-health work adds $2.7 billion to state economy
North Carolina is home to over 220 global-health organizations that contributed $2.7 billion to the state’s gross domestic product in 2015, a new report says.
Those organizations — universities; nonprofits; faith-based groups; government agencies; and biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical-technology companies — work in over 185 countries, attract over $1.2 billion to the state for health-research from sources other than state government, and support over 2000 jobs in the state that generated over $1.6 billion in annual wages, salaries and benefits, or an average of about $62,000 per job, says The Global Health Sector’s Contributions to the Economy of North Carolina, from the Triangle Global Health Consortium.
The economic activity tied to the global-health sector generated $182 million in state tax revenue and $433 million in federal tax revenue.
High Point United Way expanding summer lunch program
United Way of Greater High Point, through its BackPack Program, aims this summer to provide food to 715 students while they are not in school, an increase of 420 students from last summer.
During the just-ending school year, the program provided weekend food to 985 students, an increase of 395 students from the previous year.
This summer, the program will provide breakfast at summer care sites, as well as weekend food.
Partner sites for the summer program include Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point; Carl Chavis Memorial Branch YMCA; Community Outreach of Archdale-Trinity; The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club; D-Up Program; Operation Xcel; Triad Food pantry; Helping Hands Ministries; Macedonia Family Resource Center; West End Ministries; and Housing Authority of the City of High Point.
Rex Hospital Open raises $350,000 to $400,000
The REX Hospital Open this year raised $350,000 to $400,000 to support cardiovascular disease prevention and education at the new North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital that opened in March on UNC REX’s main Raleigh campus.
Not including those funds, the event has raised $8 million over the past 30 years.
Poteat-Spicer to head The Forsyth Promise
Wendy Poteat-Spicer, former director of government affairs for the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce has been named director of The Forsyth Promise, an initiative supported by United Way of Forsyth County that works to improve educational outcomes for Forsyth County students.
JDRF chapter honors volunteers
Anne Hummel of Greensboro, who co-founded the Piedmont Triad chapter of JDRF in 1994, and Ken Cochran of Jamestown, received the Volunteer of the Year award from the chapter at its annual meeting on May 25 at Proximity Hotel in Greensboro.
BB&T partners with Heart Association
In partnership with the 2018 Winston-Salem Heart Ball of the American Heart Association, BB&T will be sharing life-saving CPR kits with 75 community organizations and companies throughout Forsyth County to train employees, families and community members.
For 2017, BB&T has created 1,300 Emergency Response Plans; begun training BB&T associates in CPR; and approved plans to place 300 Automated External Defibrillators throughout the company.
BB&T is investing $1 million in funds and resources to help its associates learn how to save lives with CPR and AED training.
Marsha Alford, Community Bank training manager at BB&T University, is co-chair of the 2018 Winston-Salem Heart Ball.
Community grants available
June 30 is the deadline for nonprofits in communities Truliant Federal Credit Union services to submit to the organization grants up to $1,000 that focus on address needs in the areas of arts and culture; employment and income generation; financial education; and food insecurity.
Kids raise $3,500
Students at Summit School in Winston-Salem raised over $3,500 to help H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem provide meals to local children who are at-risk for hunger.
Throughout the school year, students grew herbs and vegetables; baked food for H.O.P.E. lunches collected coats, socks and art supplies; and delivered meals.
H.O.P.E. provides 1,200 meals every weekend.
Kids getting free meals
Arby’s Foundation throughout the summer is providing Greensboro children who rely on meal assistance during the school year with meal cards to redeem 10 free Arby’s kids meals.
Women’s network to become nonprofit
The Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County, a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation, will become an independent nonprofit, effective November 1.
Montgomery County Fund gives $26,000
Montgomery County Fund, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, awarded over $26,000 in local grants.