Charlotte, N.C., May 8, 2013 – United Way of Central Carolinas Young Leaders held their signature networking event on May 8 at the City Club in Charlotte. The group, which promotes community service and civic engagement to young professionals age 40 and under, presented their first annual "Conplecto" and "Profundus" awards at the event.
The new awards program was developed to recognize two young leaders who have exemplified the spirit and purpose of the organization.
The "Conplecto" Award, which means to embrace, involve and welcome, is designed to honor a Young Leader who has served as a tireless advocate for the group. The honoree seeks to spread the message of community action through word and deed at networking events, community service projects, and throughout the community. Joanna Gammon, who serves on the United Way Young Leaders Council and supports the communication committee, will receive this award tonight. You can find out more about Gammon and her active role in the group by clicking here.
The "Profundus" Award, which means boundless, of great depth and insatiable, is designed to recognize a Young Leader who has contributed to the infrastructure of the organization providing leadership and strategic direction internally and externally. Brooke Gibson, who serves on the Council and has been instrumental in enhancing the website and overall communications for the group, will receive this award tonight. You can find out more about Gibson and her contributions to the Young Leaders group by clicking here.
"We are thrilled to be honoring Joanna and Brooke tonight for the countless hours they have contributed to Young Leaders and the expansion of our group," stated Andrew Golomb, co-chair of the United Way Young Leaders. "Their enthusiasm for giving back to this community and their strong belief in the Young Leaders organization has taken us to a new level this year."
Affiliated with United Way of Central Carolinas, UWYL is a group of young professionals age 40 and under in the Charlotte region devoted to meaningful, sustained community service and civic engagement. Last year, UWYL coordinated more than 25 community service projects at 21 local nonprofits, involving approximately 225 volunteers and nearly 600 service hours. In addition to community service, the group sponsors educational and networking opportunities designed to inform people about issues of local and national concern.
To learn more about United Way Young Leaders, email email@example.com.
United Way's Cabarrus Office Thanks Top Local Donors
Great Wolf Lodge Hosts and Sponsors Celebration for United Way Partners
Concord, N.C., May 9, 2013 – On Thursday, United Way corporate donors and volunteers gathered at the Great Wolf Lodge to be recognized by United Way of Central Carolinas' Cabarrus Office for their contributions to a successful 2012 campaign.
The event honored the top local organizations supporting United Way for their community leadership as well as volunteers who played a significant role in last fall's week-long Season of Caring. In addition, local Board members and Community Investment Council volunteers were recognized for their tireless serve and dedication this year.
During the event, remarks were made by Leslie Eagle with S&D Coffee, Inc., 2012 chairman of the Cabarrus regional board; Michael Hurlbert with First Bank, 2012 campaign chair for Cabarrus County; and William Niblock with Niblock Development Corporation, 2013 chairman, as well as representatives from United Way of Central Carolinas.
The top ten 2012 accounts recognized at the event were:
• Carolinas Medical Center – Northeast
• S&D Coffee, Inc.
• Corning, Inc.
• Cabarrus County Schools
• City of Concord
• Bank of North Carolina
• Americhem, Inc.
• Target Store #2169
• Mynatt Family of Dealerships
Additional outstanding accounts were City of Kannapolis, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Cabarrus Bank and Trust.
o Carolinas Medical Center – NorthEast - Largest Employee Campaign, raising over $100,000
o S&D Coffee, Inc – Largest Corporate Gift of $30,472
o City of Concord – Best Campaign Special Events, including a Directors' Challenge Cornhole Tournament and Chili Cook-Off
o Corning, Inc – Top Campaign Award, recognizing the 35% increase in their campaign this year.
"United Way of Central Carolinas could not support 24 partner agencies in the Cabarrus region, and 84 throughout its five-county area, without the passionate support of more than 1,000 corporations and over 50,000 donors," explained Barbi Jones, Cabarrus Community Director of United Way of Central Carolinas. "This event gives us the opportunity to specifically thank the Cabarrus region's most significant philanthropic leaders."
Goodwill Honors Community Leaders at 2013 Cornerstone Celebration
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont recognized seven community leaders and businesses for their significant work in helping people overcome barriers to employment and self-sufficiency at the 19th annual Cornerstone celebration held yesterday at The Westin Charlotte. WSOC-TV news anchor Erica Bryant emceed the ceremony, during which powerful stories of perseverance and resiliency were shared with the audience of 700 guests.
"It was a privilege to honor our Cornerstone Award recipients and recognize the valuable work they are doing in our community," said Michael Elder, President & CEO of Goodwill. "Each of the award recipients has a strong commitment to supporting job creation and developing new employment opportunities locally."
The recipients of the 2013 Cornerstone Awards were:
• Jack Callaghan Cornerstone Award to Jane McIntyre, CEO of United Way of Central Carolinas. In the four years since Jane has been with United Way, she has led a major turnaround of the organization, re-establishing its footing as a trustworthy community resource focused on improving lives by supporting the work of local programs in education, financial stability and health. The Jack Callaghan Cornerstone Award is Goodwill's highest honor and is given to a leader who has devoted their life to providing workforce development opportunities and services for people facing disabilities or disadvantages.
• HELMS Volunteer of the Year Award to Mae Nelson, General Manager of Hampton Inn & Suites in Pineville. A prolific volunteer with Goodwill since 2001, Mae has served as a prolific speaker to the Hospitality & Tourism classes and helped develop a state-of-the-art hospitality curriculum. In addition, she has hired Goodwill graduates to management track positions at the hotel she manages. This award is named for Goodwill founder Edgar J. Helms and is given to a volunteer who exemplifies Helping Elevate Leadership and Meaningful Services.
• Corporate Champion Award to the City of Charlotte. The City's partnership with Goodwill has focused on job creation through innovative social enterprises and career development initiatives for youth. The relationship has grown to include staffing, recycling and construction services from Goodwill, as well as a partnership with the Mayor's Youth Employment Program. The Corporate Champion Award is given to an organization that has demonstrated outstanding and multifaceted support of Goodwill's mission through hiring, donating gifts-in-kind, volunteering and more.
• Corporate Champion Award to Community Link, a nonprofit organization focused on helping people obtain safe and affordable housing. Community Link has partnered with Goodwill since 2008 to provide free tax preparation services for the community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. More than 1,500 people have benefited from this program to receive free tax assistance, resulting in nearly $2 million being refunded to taxpayers in tax returns.
• Good Work! Award to Theotis Hancock, Goodwill graduate and employee with the Charlotte Housing Authority. After facing numerous closed doors to finding employment, Theotis came to Goodwill to learn how to make himself more marketable to employers. The Construction Skills Training program benefited Theotis in identifying his career goals, obtaining family- sustaining employment and gaining progressive responsibilities in his career. The Good Work! Awards are presented to individuals who have received or are currently receiving services and have overcome significant barriers, achieved and maintained employment, returned to serve their peers and more.
• Good Work! Award to Carlos and Robert Hunter, Goodwill graduates and owners of Hunter & Hunter General Services, LLC. After participating in Goodwill's Construction Services Training program, the Hunters opened their own construction business using the skills, experience and industry contacts they gained at Goodwill. The brothers became the first minority contractors to land a commercial contract with Gilbane, Inc., an industry leader in building and construction.
• Good Work! Award to Fletcher Knox, Goodwill graduate and vocational student. After impressing Goodwill's Work Adjustment Training instructors with his steadfast work ethic, Fletcher entered the Careers in Banking training program in 1996. Soon after graduating, he landed a job with BB&T's operations division, where he has been a diligent employee for over 15 years.
The presenting sponsors for the 2013 Cornerstone Awards celebration were Bank of America Wells Fargo. The event sponsor was Fifth Third Bank. For more information, please visit www.goodwillcornerstone.org.
United Way's Mooresville/Lake Norman office thanks top local donors
Mooresville, N.C., May 3, 2013 – At-risk children from the Ada Jenkins Center's LEARN Works program thanked the Lake Norman area's biggest United Way donors with framed handmade artwork during a breakfast tribute today.
"Thank you for taking care of me and other people; You make a difference in my life," read one of the artwork plaques drawn in crayon. Read another: "You make a difference in my life because I didn't read and now I read."
Davidson's Ada Jenkins Center is one of 15 Lake Norman area agencies receiving funds through United Way of Central Carolinas. This money, which totaled more than $925,000 in 2012, was largely donated by 11 local corporations and their employees. The Mooresville/Lake Norman office of United Way recognized and thanked local philanthropic leaders during a special breakfast held at River Run Country Club.
The area's largest United Way contributor was Ingersoll Rand, which gave more than $800,000, made up of employee donations, special event dollars and a corporate gift. The other top corporate donors, in alphabetical order, were:
• BestSweet, Inc. (more than $9,000)
• Cardinal FG (almost $7,000)
• Carolinas HealthCare System – Mooresville (more than $12,000)
• GM Financial (more than $28,000)
• Lowe's Companies, Inc. (almost $10,000)
• NGK Ceramics USA, Inc. (almost $8,000)
• Polymer Group, Inc. (more than $13,000)
• SABIC (almost $51,000)
• Town of Cornelius (more than $5,000)
• Town of Mooresville (almost $14,000)
"Your diligent fundraising efforts make the future brighter for thousands in this great community," said Russell Schwartz, vice president of administration for United Way of Central Carolinas.
His appreciation was underscored by singer-songwriter Rockie Lynne, an Iredell County native who was rescued from a Mecklenburg County dumpster after birth and then spent his early years at Barium Springs Home for Children, a United Way partner agency in Troutman. Lynne sang songs and shared his story during today's breakfast.
"A lot of people wonder if the people who are in need now are just always going to be in need, so maybe their contribution isn't going to make a difference," Lynne said. "Let me tell you, it does. Sometimes all somebody needs is a little bit of hope. A little bit of hope can go a long way to helping someone turn things around forever."
Volunteer Spotlight: Robin Simmons Blackwell, United Way Community Investment Council
United Way of Central Carolinas has a long list of ways people can volunteer their time, including serving on one of our Community Investment Councils. It's a unique role that allows volunteers to get an up close and personal look at our partner agencies, and have a voice on how donor dollars are allocated. One of our most dedicated volunteers shares her story:
Name - Robin Simmons Blackwell
Volunteer Title - Community Investment Council volunteer, Chairperson – Mecklenburg County Children and Youth Council
Profession - Assistant Vice President, Contracts – SCOR Global Life Americas
How long have you been volunteering with United Way and in what roles? I participated in the Leading The Way program in 2008. This was a UWCC training that prepared participants for volunteer service at a middle level and above, including Board of Directorships. As a part of that excellent course I got a detailed picture of all of the various UW operations from Lake Norman to Union County. As a result of completing that course, I was recruited to participate on the Mooresville/Lake Norman Investment Council. After 1 year on the Lake Norman's Council, I began volunteering with the Mecklenburg Community Investment Council. Now – nearly 5 years later, I'm still at it.
What are your duties? In a nutshell - Reviewing the funding proposals submitted by the member agencies, acting as an Agency liaison on behalf of the UWCC and making informed funding recommendations to the UWCC Board.
What is unique about your role on the council? The Investment Council Role has permitted me to learn about a wide variety of agencies over the past 4 years – I can't think of any other types of volunteer role that provides an opportunity to learn so much about so many different servants of our community.
What drives you to give back? Two things drive me to give back – 1) I want my family to be proud and 2) " In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance." Dieter Uchtdorf
What would you say to other people who may be apprehensive to get involved on the community investment council? The Investment Council is a great way to share your current strengths with while getting an opportunity to develop new ones.
What other volunteer opportunities are you involved in? Volunteer Interviewer – Crisis Assistance Ministry – 2010 Volunteer of the Year; A Child's Place Lunch buddy – (started just a few weeks ago in support of Project 1,000)
Anything else you want to share? Thank you to all of the dedicated United Way and United Way Agency employees who have enthusiastically shared their stories with me over the years. I am inspired by the commitment of those who choose a career in the "not-for-profit world" as their life's work and I am grateful for the opportunity to join you in your efforts.
To learn more about individual or group volunteer opportunities at United Way, click here.
United Way of Central Carolinas has a goal to recruit, place, and train 1,000 readers, tutors, and mentors in key agencies funded by United Way. These agencies served children from preschool to graduation. If you are interested in becoming a Project 1,000 volunteer, checkout our website here or call our volunteer center at 704-371-7140.
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