Nonprofit news roundup, 01.05.18

ABC of NC gets $1.5 million for new clinic

ABC of NC Child Development Center in Winston-Salem has received a $1.5 million grant from the member-funded State Employee Credit Union Foundation to support construction of the SECU Autism Clinic at ABC of NC, a 26,000-square-foot facility that will house diagnostic, therapeutic, and behavioral services for hundreds of children with autism in the Triad.

The organization, which plans to complete construction of the new facility by August 2018, has raised over $6.1 million on a campaign to raise $6.5 million to build the clinic, as well as a 3,500-square-foot activities building and improvements to an existing school building.

ABC of NC, which serves 350 children a year and employs 60 people, expects to more than double its capacity and staff size within two years.

New food bank alliance aims to promote food security

All 10 food banks in both Carolinas have formed an alliance, Feeding the Carolinas, that aims to raise awareness and promote food security for people in need in the two states.

Members of the North Carolina Association of Food Banks and the South Carolina Association of Food Banks approved the new alliance last August 201

The new Alliance will work to build coordinated relationships with farmers and growers in the Carolinas to help increase fresh produce and perishable foods available to food banks in both states.

It also aims to develop initiatives to save costs, mainly involving transportation of food, and to launch a joint billboard campaign in the two states to increase visibility of Feeding America Food Banks.

High Point health funder gives $252,000

The Foundation for a Healthy High Point has awarded $251,557 in grants to local organizations and nonprofits the focus on the health and wellness for High Point residents, with roughly 80 percent of the funds going to programs that address behavioral health.

Triad Community Kitchen to open second restaurant

Triad Community Kitchen of Second Harvest Food Bank plans to open a second restaurant this spring on the first floor of BB&T’s corporate headquarters at 200 West 2nd St. in Winston-Salem.

The opening on Providence Kitchen, a cafe-style eater, will mark the expansion of the Culinary and Life Skills Training and Hospitality Residency program of Triad Community Kitchen, which already operates Providence Restaurant & Catering.

Holiday program raises nearly $200,000 for children’s hospital

The Santa’s Elves program has raised nearly $200,000 to support initiatives at Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center since the program was created 20 years ago by Mar Alspaugh, now 85 and a retired administrative employee at Wake Forest Baptist.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society chapter getting $14,000

The Fourth Annual Triangle Oktoberfest at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary raised $14,000 for the North Carolina chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the designated partner of the event, which was hosted by the Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor Rotary Clubs.

Family Service gets donated books

Family Service of the Piedmont received over 1,000 books collected by students at High Point University for its Healthy Start program, which works with pregnant women and new parents.

The student, in the leadership development class taught by David Bergen, chair of the department of human relations, collected the books for children up to age five in a project focused on literacy.

The book donation was the largest ever for the Family Service program.

Salvation Army gives Christmas bags to 1,500 kids, families

The Salvation Army of High Point prepared bags, filled with toys and stockings, distributed at Christmas to over 1,500 children and families in need.

Habitat homeowners pay off mortgages

Fifteen Habitat Greensboro homeowners paid off their mortgages in 2017 and took full ownership of the homes they helped build.

To celebrate, several of the homeowners burned mortgages over open flames on December 15.

Students raise $15,000 for gifts for kids

Students at High Point University raised $15,000 through offerings at weekly services in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel this fall to buy toys, clothes and necessities requested by 154 children through the Angel Tree Program of the Salvation Army.

ArtsGreensboro awards $13,000 for school arts projects

ArtsGreensboro awarded 15 grants totaling $13,000 for arts project in public, charter and private schools the Greensboro area serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Wells Fargo Teacher Arts Grant grants program is supported in part with funds from Wells Fargo Bank and its Arts in Education Fund.

Forsyth County children enroll in free book program

Over 1,200 children in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County have enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides children a free book, delivered to their homes each month, from their birth to their fifth birthday..

In 2017, state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year of the state budget, and $7 million in the second year, for Smart Start to administer the program across North Carolina.

Homeless getting sleeping mats made of recycled plastic

Winston-Salem Police and United Way of Forsyth County will distributed to homeless individuals over 100 sleeping mats made of yarn from plastic bags — or “plarn” — that were created through Operation Bedroll, a collaboration among Greensboro’s Field Operations, Library and Police departments to keep non-recyclable materials out of landfills and provide a safe place for homeless individuals to sleep.

Since the collaboration began in 2016, over 4,000 people have learned how to make plarn, keeping an estimated 212,000 plastic bags out of landfills.

Based on data collected in January 2017, 453 people were experiencing homelessness in Forsyth County, including 25 who were without shelter.

Animal shelter receives donated items from businessman

Harold Jones of Reidsville Truck & Trailer Repair made a donation to Rockingham County Animal Shelter that includes 250 pounds each of dry dog food and dry cat food; 50 cases each of canned dog good and canned cat food; and 200 pounds of kitty litter.

United Way donor gets new auto

Neil Doss, an employee with the City of Burlington, was selected to receive a new car from one of six Alamance County dealerships through a raffle that serves as an incentive program for donors to United Way of Alamance County.

Participating dealers were Cox Toyota; Dick Shirley Chevrolet Cadillac Mazda; David Westcott Buick GMC; Flow Companies of Burlington; Flow Honda; and Stearns Ford.

Students provide blankets for charity

Students in several grades at Forsyth Country Day School teamed up for a service project to provide handmade fleece blankets for Samaritan Ministries in Forsyth County.

Cooking competition to benefit Lucy Daniels Center

The Lucy Daniels Center in Cary will receive all proceeds from Cooking for Classic, a competition launched in 2017 that begins January 22, with semifinals January 29 and 30, and pits eight chefs in head-to-head matchups to win a restored classic 1949 pickup truck.

All competitions will be held at 1705 East, an event venue of Rocky Top Catering, at 1705 East Millbrook Road in Raleigh.

February 23 is deadline to submit award nominations

February 23 is the deadline for submitting nominations to The Winston-Salem Foundation for The Winston-Salem Foundation Award, which recognizes visionary leadership and includes a $10,000 cash grant to a charity selected by the winner, and for The ECHO Awards, which recognizes people who build social connections, with winners receiving $1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

Recipients of both awards will be announced at the Foundation’s Community Luncheon on May 2.

Arts Council names five new board members

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has named five new board members, including Steve Berlin, a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend Law Firm; Drew Gerstmyer, an architect at East Coast Capital;  Richard Geiger, president of Visit Winston-Salem; Jason Kaplan, associate vice president for space and master planning at Innovation Quarter;  and Camille Kluttz-Leach, vice chancellor and chief of staff at Winston-Salem State University.

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