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, 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.

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