Nonprofit news roundup, 09.29.17

Giving to A&T grows 56 percent to record-high $14.7 million

Gifts to North Carolina A&T State University grew 56 percent to a record-high $14.7 million in fiscal 2017, boosting its total endowment $55.2 million, an increase of more than $23 million over the past five years.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, corporate and foundation giving to A&T totaled $6.6 million, while alumni giving totaled $6.3 million, and giving directly to endowments grew 26 percent to $3.6 million.

Komen gives $1.3 million to Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill

Susan G. Komen awarded $236,000 to Duke University Medical Center, and $1.08 million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for breast-cancer research.

The grants bring to $42.1 million the total Komen has invested in research in the state since 1982.

Since 1997, Komen NC Triangle to the Coast has provided nearly $13 million  for community programs serving women and men in the state, while contributing nearly $5 million to Komen for research.

Grants fund support for undocumented immigrants

Eight organizations throughout North Carolina are getting a total of $100,000 from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem to provide clinics to help undocumented young people renew their work authorization.

The grants also will support efforts to provide community education and emergency planning services through March 2018 for individuals and families affected by President Trump’s plan to termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Termination of DACA “is antithetical to fundamental American values, and exacts an enormous human toll, not only on DACA immigrants and their families, but on countless lives and institutions that these individuals have touched,” the Foundation says in a statement.

The Foundation says it invited select groups across the state to submit proposals for funding, and in return it received 23 proposals requesting a total of nearly $650,000.

It says it shared its plans with other funders, and that Charlotte-based Foundation for the Carolinas is providing $70,000 to the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Coalición Latinoamericana to provide renewal clinics in Mecklenburg County.

Foundation for the Carolinas also has reserved another $30,000 to fund emerging issues related to DACA beneficiaries.

Trump’s termination of DACA rescinds work authorization and protection from deportation for nearly 800,000 undocumented young people, and will have a “devastating impact” on nearly 27,500 DACA recipients in North Carolina, including an estimated 6,800 individuals whose legal status will expire on or before March 5, 2018, and who must renew their  two-year period of legal status by Oct. 17, 2017.

Ending DACA could cost the state over $10 billion over the next 10 years, according to the CATO Institute, the Reynolds Foundation says.

Charlotte funder gives $630,000

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Foundation, an affiliate of Foundation for the Carolina’s, awarded a total of $630,000 to 27 organizations serving children, youth and young adults in Mecklenburg County.

Lucy Daniels Center gets gift of building, land 

The Lucy Daniels Foundation has donated to the Lucy Daniels Center the building and land on Weston Parkway in Cary that have been the Center’s home for 26 years.

The Foundation has relocated its office to 629 Oberlin Rd. in Raleigh.

Holy Angels CEO honored by Medical Society

Regina Moody, president and CEO of Holy Angels in Belmont, has received the John Huske Anderson award from the North Carolina Medical Society recognizing a layperson who has contributed to the medical profession and public health.

Cone Health Foundation to give back to mark anniversary

To mark its 20th anniversary, Cone Health Foundation in Greensboro will underwrite meals and offer free flu shots and health screenings for people in need, and cover the cost of public-transit bus rides.

The Foundation, which has awarded over $86 million since 1997, will underwrite all food costs for Greensboro Urban Ministry on October 2, with Foundation board and staff members volunteering to serve lunch that day at Potter’s House, pack grocery bags, sort food, and deliver food orders to guests of Greensboro Urban Ministry

On October 3, the Foundation will underwrite all food costs for the evening meal for the “Hot Dish and Hope” program at First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro and, working with Health’s congregational nurses, will provide up to 100 flu shots and basic health screenings for people in need.

Davidson Hospice gets $125,000

Hospice of Davidson County is getting $125,000 from the Division of Aging and Adult  Services at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services for its campaign to raise $2.3 million to address projected growth of over 23 percent over the next 10 years in the population of residents over age 65 in the county.

United Arts receives $18,500

United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County has received $18,500 from Duke Energy for arts education programming in Wake schools.

Food, supplies collected for hurricane relief

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and WRAL-TV teamed up on September 20 to raise 42,000 pounds of food, and cleaning and personal-hygiene supplies that will delivered and distributed to the Feeding Northeast Florida Food Bank in Jacksonville, Fla., for hurricane relief.

V Foundation to host cycling event

The V Foundation for Cancer Research in Cary will host its inaugural Victory Ride to Cure Cancer on May 19, 2018, starting in Raleigh, to benefit Duke Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as cancer research throughout the U.S.

Police foundation raising funds for bookmobile

The Winston-Salem Police Foundation has launched a campaign to raise $125,000 by May 2018 to buy a bookmobile that also will serve free ice cream.

Volunteers pitch in for Korners Folly restoration

Member of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps teamed up with local volunteers from Wells Fargo on September 19 to help restore Korner’s Folly, the historic home in Kernersville of artist and designer Jule Gilmer Körner.

The effort was part of a partnership between HandsOn Northwest North Carolina and an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team to help celebrate its 10th anniversary with a series of community service projects hosted by local nonprofits.

SAFEchild names board officers, members

Anita Blomme Pinther, president of AP Connect, has been elected president of the board of directors of SAFEchild in Raleigh, and Kelly Huffstetler, co-owner of Realty World Signature Properties, has been named president-elect.

Joining the board are Virginia Anthony, community volunteer; Evan Pushchak, a physician with Wake Emergency Physicians; Melanie Shekita, Wake County assistant district attorney; Amie Sivon, a lawyer and partner with Ragsdale Liggett; and Caroline Sullivan, executive director of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education.

Thomasville foundation renames golf event

The Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center Foundation has renamed — for the late wife of Dr. David Robert Williams Sr. — an annual golf tournament it has hosted for over 20 years, and on October 6 will host the inaugural Jane Burt Williams Memorial Golf Classic at Colonial Country Club in Thomasville.

Fresh Market raising money to feed kids

To help fight food insecurity among children, The Fresh Market will invited customers at check-out in its stores from October 4 to October 31 to make a donation to support No Kid Hungry.

The Fresh Market has raised over $1 million for No Kid Hungry, feeding over 10 million hungry children.

Barbecue event to benefit TROSA

TROSA will benefit from a barbecue fundraising on October 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sat the its campus at 1820 James St. in Durham.

Dinner events to support arts education

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County will hold its 13th annual Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner on November 2-4, featuring dinners at private homes and event spaces, to raise money to support its Artists in Schools program to enrich arts education in kindergarten through 12th grade in Wake County public schools.

Triangle Family Services to host event

Triangle Family Services in Raleigh will host its 15th annual Gingerbread Benefit on December 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at North Ridge Country Club at 6612 Falls of Neuse Rd.

Local funders give $16,000

Cary Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation,  awarded six grants totaling $10,000.

Wilkes Community Foundation, also an affiliate, awarded 10 grants totaling $5,910.

JDRF postpones summit

JDRF has postponed its TypeOneNation Summit to March 10, 2018.

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Working to help kids see that school makes sense

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — Odds are good that four in 10 young people in Durham are not on track to finish high school, complete a post-secondary education, or get a job by age 25.

To help find out why, a community-wide effort to help get kids back on track tasked 25 local high school students to identify the biggest barriers to success for young people.

Those barriers, the students found after a year of querying parents, teachers and other students, are inadequate counseling and racial bias.

“People with better economic resources have more exposure and knowledge about career opportunities,” says Meredythe Holmes, executive director of Made in Durham, a nonprofit that tasked the students and is guiding a community-wide effort to create an “education-to-career” system for young people ages 14 to 24.

The goal is to make sure all Durham kids finish public school and post-secondary study, and get jobs.

Made in Durham, founded in 2015, recruits partner organizations, and helps organize and coordinate the way students get career-related support from those partners — businesses, schools, government and nonprofits.

It raises money for the overall effort, supports its work, and tracks its impact.

Durham’s future depends on making sure more students are ready to take on jobs in a growing and highly competitive local marketplace driven by health and life sciences, says Holmes.

And that will depend on the active and connected participation and support of all its partners, she says.

Students succeed when they see the connection between school and work, she says. Connecting more businesses with students — in and outside school — will help more students see the real-world value of school.

And recruiting more companies to create more internships, apprenticeships and job-shadowing programs will help set more students on the road to good, local jobs, says Holmes, who was founder and CEO of Monarch Services, a Durham-based regional staffing agency.

Made in Durham was the outgrowth of two think-tank studies and a community-wide task force that identified marketplace hurdles young people face in Durham, as well as possible solutions.

Operating with five employees and a board, advisory teams and “action” teams that together field about 100 corporate and community leaders, the nonprofit raised a total of nearly $2.7 million its first three years, and aims to raise nearly $1 million this year.

In an early effort, in 2015, Made in Durham worked with the city, public schools and other partners to more than double — to 200 — the number of jobs in a city summer internship program, and to expand the program beyond mainly jobs in city and county government to include private-sector jobs.

Made in Durham also formed Durham Futures, a collaborative that now includes Durham Public Schools, Durham Tech and two other nonprofits that together provide alternative education for about 250 school dropouts.

Made in Durham was instrumental in a decision by Durham Public Schools, starting with ninth-graders this school year, to require that all students graduate within four years with a career plan and high school diploma.

It also secured funding for two career counselors to work with students served by the four Durham Futures partners serving dropouts.

And it is working to recruit more partners to serve more students , including more companies to send more representatives to schools to talk about careers, and to increase the number of corporate internships, apprenticeships and job-shadowing opportunities.

All those efforts depend on the community collaboration that Made in Durham coordinates, Holmes says.

The year-long study by students on barriers to success, for example, as well as feedback from career and technical-education staff in the public schools, underscored the fact that students have been “falling through the cracks” in a system that could make more effective use of research that shows the value of career advising for all students, she says.

That value can added through requiring career counseling in the schools, and expanding the network of community partners, she says.

Virginia and Colorado have enacted laws requiring career advising, and Made in Durham would like to introduce similar legislation in North Carolina.

For students exposed to career options, and educated about them, schools are relevant, Holmes says.

Without those resources or other motivation, “schools become irrelevant, so many drop out,” she says. “Our goal is to make school relevant.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 09.22.17

Award to honor community leaders

Community leaders Thomas S. Haggai of High Point and Julie Peeples of Greensboro will receive the 2017 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award on November 9 from the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad.

Chairing the event, to be held at Koury Convention Center, will be Bev and Odell Cleveland.

Haggai, who is founding pastor of Emerywood Baptist Church and served for 20 years as chairman and CEO of IGA Globals and was instrumental in forming the Business Roundtable to help guide the city’s future.

For 52 years, the Thomas Haggai and Associates Foundation provided scholarships to train nontraditional students as elementary school teachers, and in 2016, distributed the last of its funds to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to endow a new program for that purpose.

Peeples has served as senior pastor of Congregational United Church of Christ since the early 1990s, and has long been an ally to the LGBTQ community.

She was was instrumental in founding the Greensboro Faith Leaders Council, the Greensboro Congregational Assistance Network, and Mustard Seed Community Health.

Three PTAs in state named National PTA Schools of Excellence

J.Y. Joyner Magnet Elementary School PTA in Wake County, New Town Elementary School in Union County, and Sternberger Elementary School PTA in Guilford County have been named National PTA Schools of Excellence for the 2017-19 school years.

OnTrack gets $200,000

OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling is getting $200,000 from Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, the biggest competitive grant the Asheville funder has awarded, to expand a program that provides financial literacy training and a three-to-one match to help low-income people establish and maintain emergency savings.

United Arts Council gives $111,000 to Wake schools

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County has made $111,223 available to 122 Wake County schools to bring in teaching artists during the 2017 school year for a total of 327 performances, workshops and residencies to integrate arts with core subjects.

Royster chairs Triad American Heart Association

Kirsten Royster, president and chief operating officer for Novant Health Medical Park Hospital, has been elected chairman of the Triad board of directors of the American Heart Association.

Members of The Produce Box support Texas hurricane relief

Members of Raleigh-based The Produce Box donated over 500 “community boxes” and raised over $10,000 to Farmhouse Delivery in Houston and Austin, both in Texas, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Barbecue to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont will be the main beneficiary of an annual barbecue fundraising event that Rotary Club of High Point will host on October 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in High Point.

Run/walk to benefit Mental Health Association

The Mental Health Association in Greensboro will benefit from the 3rd Annual Shea’s Chase 5K Run/Walk on November 4 at 11 a.m. at the Railyard at SouthEnd in Greensboro.

In its first two years, the event raised over $92,000.

Nonprofit news roundup, 09.15.17

Economic mobility focus of new center

Studying barriers to economic mobility in East Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will be the focus of a new center that Winston-Salem State University is launching with a $3 million grant from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund,

To be directed by economics professor Craig Richardson, the WSSU Center for the Study of Economic Mobility will serve as a hub for faculty research, undergraduate student research scholarship, and community outreach.

Children from low-income families in Forsyth County are less likely than children anywhere else in the U.S. — except for two counties in South Dakota — to move up the income ladder as adults, according to research.

Residents in neighboring Yadkin, Stokes and Surry counties have better economic prospects, Winston-Salem State says.

Alvin Atkinson, previously director of the Center for Community Safety at WSSU, will serve as associate director of the new Center, which part of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education at WSSU.

The startup grant is from the Thurgood Marshall College Funds’s Center for Advancing Opportunities, an initiative supported by Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries.

Reducing blood-pressure focus of partnership

Novant Health and the American Heart Association are teaming up on a program to improve blood pressure for 5,000 people in Forsyth County by providing tools and resources, and training to companies, organizations and nonprofits.

The Heart Association program aims to develop positive self-monitoring habits, share tools and tips to improve blood pressure, and reduce the risk factor for heart disease and stroke by lowering blood-pressure levels.

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death of men and women in the U.S., and second-leading cause of death in Forsyth County.

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and fourth-leading cause of death in Forsyth County.

Eighty percent of deaths from heart disease and stroke are preventible, the Heart Association says.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of death from hypertension per 100,000 people in Forsyth County for 2013-15 was 213.6, the Association says.

Schools, YMCAs getting $44,000

Twenty-two schools and YMCAs throughout North Carolina are getting a total of $44,000 — $2,000 each — from United Health Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation to build or expand an existing vegetable garden and provide educational resources about agriculture and maintaining healthy lifestyles.

Event raises $154,000 for Methodist Home

An “Epicurian Evening” in Wilmington that featured local chefs, bakers and brewers raised a record-high $154,000 for community Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh, bringing to over $1 million the total the event has raised over 11 years.

Methodist Home serves vulnerable children and families throughout North Carolina with foster care, adoption, family preservation, specialized services, early childhood education, juvenile justice homes, and support for higher education.

Staff promotions at Triangle Community Foundation

Jessica Aylor, director of community investment at Triangle Community Foundation, has been promoted to vice president of community engagement, and Ken Baroff, director of donor development, has been promoted to vice president of donor development.

Timothy W. Trost, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Chimerix, has joined the Foundation’s board of directors.

Summit to focus on type 1 diabetes

The Piedmont Triad Chapter of JDRF will host a TypeOneNation Summit on September 23 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro that will focus on helping individuals and families living with type 1 diabetes navigate the medical, social, physical, and psychological challenges of the disease.

Keynote speaker at the event, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will be author Gary Scheiner, the 2014 Diabetes Educator of the Year and owner and clinical director of Integrated Diabetes Services, a Philadelphia-area practice that specializes in intensive insulin therapy and advanced education for children and adults.

Scheiner, who has had T1D for 33 years, also will lead a breakout session on “Advanced Insulin Pump Management.”

High Point Regional to host benefit run

High Point Regional will host its 31st annual Heart & Sole 5K and Fun Run September 16 starting at 8 a.m. to benefit its Heart Strides Program, which provides cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation to patients.

Triad Health Project to benefit from dance  event

Twisted Dance Collective will host the 9th Annual Project Shimmy, a world dance event to benefit HIV/AIDS service organization Triad Health Project, on September 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Van Dyke Performance Space at 200 North Davie St. in Greensboro.

King to speak at Financial Pathways event

Kelly S. King, chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation, be guest speaker at a luncheon hosted by Financial Pathways of the Piedmont on September 27 at 11:30 a.m. at Bridger Field House at Wake Forest University.

Event to benefit ALS Association

The North Carolina Chapter of the ALS Association will receive proceeds the ALSapalooza music festival on October 7 at Grove Winery and Vineyards in Gibsonville to help fund ALS research and provide care for people living with ALS in North Carolina.

The Chapter, which serves nearly 800 people a year living with ALS, by supporting all of the state’s multidisciplinary ALS clinics, providing financial assistance to people living with ALS, and operating support groups and a medical equipment loan program.

Two join Junior Achievement board

Andrea “Andy” Bunn, senior vice president and regional banking executive for First National Bank, and Neal Davis, founder and CEO of Dais X, have joined the board of directors Junior Achievement of the Triad in Greensboro.

Concert to benefit InterAct

InterAct in Raleigh will benefit from the Second Annual Love Heals Fundraiser on September 22 at the Mayton Inn in downtown Cary from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Event to benefit water projects in India

Global Hope India and clean water projects in India for Dynamic Water will receive all benefits from the Carry the Water walk-run event on September 23 at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh.

Global Hope India aims to raise $40,000 at the event.

Event to benefit Lung Cancer Initiative

Proceeds from the Annual LUNGe Forward 5K, to be held September 24 at Midtown Park in Raleigh and presented by Duke Raleigh Hospital, will benefit local research, awareness, education and access programs of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina.

Boys &  Girls Clubs to host gala

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties will hold Great Futures Gala on October 14 at the Durham Convention Center at 6 p.m.

Aquarium Society casts wider net for donors

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — In 2008, the total number of students visiting North Carolina’s three aquariums and a facility at Nag’s Head peaked at 70,000.

Last year, in the face of cuts in spending by local public schools, that number had fallen to 50,000, and many of those who did visit were from more affluent communities or schools with strong parent-teacher associations able to raise private funds to support field trips, says Jay Barnes, director of development for the North Carolina Aquarium Society, a Raleigh-based nonprofit that generates private support for the state-run aquariums.

“Schools that were left out were poor schools across the state,” says Barnes, who served for 20 years as director of the aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores before joining the Society as development director in 2009.

To help more students visit the aquariums, or to bring aquarium programs to schools or offer them through distance-learning technology, the Aquarium Society this year launched an “Aquarium Scholars” program to raise $800,000. The campaign so far has raised over $400,000 that will be used, starting by next spring, mainly for mini-grants to teachers in the poorest schools for field trips to an aquarium, or for am aquarium to bring its programs to schools.

“Many of these programs we offer are STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs,” Barnes says. “We’ve got live animals and technology, and our facilities are located on a beach or sound or marsh or coastal habitat, making the aquariums wonderful destinations.”

Formed in 1986, the Aquarium Society in 2016 generated $7.4 million for its facilities, which are located at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island, and Jennette’s Pier at Nags Head.

The Society generates revenue from sales at gift shops it operates at the facilities; from about 21,000 household memberships; from concessions such as food and photography vendors; from in-kind support and private support; in lease revenue through an arrangement with the state that helped finance expansion and renovation of the aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores; and in investment income.

From 2000 to 2011, the Society raised a total of $15 million in campaigns that were part of a $100 million effort to renovate all three aquariums, nearly tripling their size, and to reconstruct Jennette’s Pier at Nags Head.

Now, for a new round of renovations, the Society raised $5.6 million for the Roanoke Island aquarium, and is planning to raise at least that much for the Fort Fisher aquarium.

In 2013, working with consulting firm Capital Development Services, the Society also launched its “Living Treasures” campaign, an ongoing fundraising effort that includes an annual fund, planned giving, memberships for small businesses, a donor-prospecting program, and a range of sponsorship opportunities.

The Society over the past three years more than doubled the number of total individual, corporate and foundation donors, Barnes says, and last year received a total of about 1,000 donations.

It has received five commitments for planned gifts, and enlisted about 45 small business members.

It also hosts three “Under the Sea” events a year for prospective donors, typically held in private homes in locations from Raleigh and Greensboro to Figure Eight Island and Duck, with another scheduled for October 19 in New Bern.

“These Under the Sea events are helping us to grow a broader base of support for the aquariums for the future,” Barnes says. “The aquariums’ value to the state is beyond just the educational impact and the environmental stewardship they promote. They also serve as an important part of the state’s tourism economy, with more than 1.3 million annual visitors.”

Nonprofit news roundup, 09.08.17

Food insecurity focus of research at N.C. A&T

Fifty masters and doctoral students at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro will receiving training in interdisciplinary research using data from the domestic food-supply chain for humanitarian relief, thanks to a five-year, $3 million grant through the Research Traineeship Program of the National Science Foundation.

The research will be designed to serve as the basis for “an innovative, evidence-based, scalable approach to training the future workforce,” says Lauren Davis, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at A&T and principal investigator for the project.

The work at A&T will combine disciplines in industrial and systems engineering, computer science, mathematics, agricultural economics, sociology and public policy.

Forsyth United Way offers challenge gift for hurricane relief

United Way of Forsyth County has challenged the community to contribute $100,000 by September 21 to support relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and will match those contributions, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000.

With its matching gift, United Way would give up to $50,000 to the Red Cross for immediate relief efforts, and up to $50,000 to United Way of Greater Houston, with contributions from the community also going to those two organizations.

One option for donors to make contributions is through a campaign United Way has launched, at Crowdrise.com, labeled either “Forsyth 4 Houston” or “United Way of Forsyth County.”

New buses for Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of High Point purchased two new buses with a $33,600 grant from High Point Community Foundation and through a partnership with Thomas Built Buses and Carolina Thomas, which constructed the buses.

purchase new student transportation by The High Point Community Foundation.

Employees of the companies volunteered their time to assist in building the buses. Spheros Air Conditioning provided and installed rooftop air-conditioning units, and Syntec Seating Solutions provided passenger lap and shoulder seat belt seats for both uses.

Women, children and families focus of new fund

An endowment that focuses on critical needs of women, children and families in the High Point region, including Archdale, Trinity, Thomasville and Jamestown, has been established at the High Point Community Foundation with a challenge gift of $250,000 that donors are invited to match through the end of 2017.

A new group, Women in Motion of High Point, aims to raise funds for the match.

The group was formed through a partnership between the Foundation and the L. Paul Brayton Family to establish the endowment fund in honor of Paul Brayton’s late wife, Gwendolyn Kay Brayton.

Junior League of Greenville joins international organization

The Junior League of Greenville has become the newest League in the Association of Junior Leagues International.

Since it was stablished in 2010 as the Junior Women’s Association of Greenville, the organization’s 115 members have contributed over 7,000 volunteer hours to the community and helped raise over $160,000 for local organizations.

The current focus of the Junior League of Greenville is combating hunger and food insecurity, and helping to foster physical activity and healthy eating habits.

Transitions LifeCare names building for Gibson

Transitions LifeCare named a building on its west Raleigh campus for Brenda C. Gibson, one of the three chairs of a capital campaign for its $6.1 million expansion project.

The Brenda C. Gibson Education and Community Services Center houses administrative staff, a grief center and meeting space.

Other chairs of the three-year campaign were Billy Dunlap and Thad Woodard

Badr, Haire join community foundation board 

Attorney Joanne Badr and Connie Haire, retired vice president of the Macon campus of Southwestern Community College, have joined the board of directors of Community Foundation of Western North Carolina in Asheville.

Gala to mark Quaker group’s centennial

The American Friends Service Committee — an international Quaker organization — will mark its centennial with a gala on September 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hege Library at Guilford College in Greensboro.

Junior Achievement gets $10,000

Junior Achievement of the Triad received a $10,000 grant from Duke Energy that will supports its program to provide fifth-graders in Guilford County Schools with skills in science, technology, engineering and math.

Truliant donates water

Truliant Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem donated 1,000 cases of water for relief and rehabilitation efforts in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Two Chapel Hill nonprofits gets $6,200

Babalu Tapas & Tacos in Chapel Hill donated $6,200 — the proceeds from beverage sales and guest donations during its “soft” opening — to local nonprofits TABLE and Volunteers for Youth.

Triad Goodwill to hold annual awards banquet

Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina will host its Annual Awards Banquet

October 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in The Empire Room at The Elm Street Center at 203 South Elm St. in Greensboro.

Carolina For The Kids Foundation to host race event

Carolina For The Kids Foundation will host its sixth annual Kilometers For The Kids race on October 15 at 8 a.m. at the Old Well on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Waccamaw-Siousan Tribe to host annual Pow Wow

The Waccamaw-Siousan Tribe of North Carolina will host its 47th Annual Waccamaw Siouan Pow Wow on October 20 and 21 at the Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Grounds in Bolton.

First Bank to sponsor Downtown Greenway event

First Bank, formerly Carolina Bank, will be the title sponsor for Downtown Greenway’s 8th Annual Run 4 the Downtown Greenway in Greensboro on October 28.

Carrboro nonprofit uses art for healing

By Todd Cohen

CARRBORO, N.C. — In the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Durham public schools, students who are refugees or immigrants, typically do not speak English, and generally have lived in the community for less than a year, draw pictures and use other forms of art to express their feelings and talk about themselves and where they grew up.

At Durham nonprofit Families Moving Forward, a group of single parents who are homeless and living in transitional housing meet once a week in a group and use music or other art activities to help work through challenges they face.

And at Galloway Ridge, a retirement community in Chatham County, residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia spend time every other week occupying themselves with painting and other arts activities.

Providing all those programs is the Art Therapy Institute, a Carrboro nonprofit that provides therapeutic art-making opportunities for people who experience illness, trauma or other challenges in living.

“Art transcends language barriers,” says Hillary Rubesin, interim executive director at the Institute. “A lot of the population we work with are considered marginalized groups. Providing them with the tools and the means to share their own voices — that’s the power of the arts.”

Feeling disconnected can make life difficult for children and adults alike, whether they are new to the region, don’t speak English, are homeless, or live with a physical disability, mental illness, cancer or dementia, says Rubesin, an expressive therapist who uses the arts — such as painting, music, dance and drama — for healing.

Formed in 2006 as a program of The Exchange Family Center in Durham, the Institute became a nonprofit in 2009.

It operates with an annual budget of $200,000, a staff of six full-time clinicians, and clinical interns from local and national colleges and universities, plus about 80 volunteers, and serves about 500 people a year, including about 400 children.

It offers six clinical programs, most of them through partnerships with public schools and nonprofits.

Its exceptional children’s program, for example, serves about 150 students with physical or “processing” disabilities once a week for 30 minutes to an hour in their self-contained classrooms in 20 schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro public school system.

To help build their social skills, reduce their anxiety and increase their self-esteem, children with physical disabilities, such as blindness, can squeeze nontoxic, scented food coloring into sand, for example, and then make pictures in the sand to express themselves.

In self-contained classrooms in 20 Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Durham public schools, therapists from the Institute meet once a week with a total of about 150 students who are newly-arrived refugees and immigrants, many of them dealing with past trauma and many of them who cannot speak English, using art to “share parts of themselves and their stories,” Rubesin says.

The same “Newcomer” program, in partnership with resettlement agency Church World Service in Durham and at its own office in Carrboro, also meets every other week with a total of about 40 adults who use art to express themselves and connect with one another.

The Institute also hosts a free weekly community arts group at its office for any adult in the community who identifies as living with mental illness, and provides arts therapy groups at Duke Hospital and UNC Hospitals for children with cancer, as well as monthly arts shows and monthly art-therapy workshops.

Now, the Institute aims to raise more money through grants and from individuals to grow through even more partnerships, including introducing its program for refugee and immigrant adults and children in Wake, Guilford and New Hanover counties.

“For newcomers coming to this country who often cannot speak English or have such intense trauma backgrounds, they’re sometimes not even comfortable talking about it in their own language,” Rubesin says.

“The arts are an equalizing tool for people who might not feel confident in other aspects of their lives, or who might be suffering from mental illness,” she says. “It’s about  being able to express themselves through art. It allows you to tell your story in a way that you want it to be told.”