United Way of Central Carolinas




‘Jane’s Last Pitch’ gets a $150,000 kick-start from the Chiquita Classic

On Sept. 2, United Way announced its 2014 fundraising goal of $21.6 million, aiming to surpass last year’s successful campaign that produced $17 million in local agency investment.  At the kickoff event, held at Romare Bearden Park uptown, United Way accepted a $150,000 check from Chiquita – a $50,000 jump over the Chiquita Classic’s inaugural United Way donation last year.

Please click here for the full news release, or click here to see our Facebook gallery from the event.

For highilights of the event's media coverage, please click the links below:

Charlotte Observer: print story - photo gallery - video

Time Warner Cable News



Jane McIntyre to Retire After 2014 Campaign

Succession Plan, Created by the Board in 2012, Already in Motion; Board Committee and Sockwell Partners to Conduct Search

Jane L. McIntyre, the executive director who led the turnaround of United Way of Central Carolinas beginning five years ago, today announced her decision to retire following the conclusion of the 2014 fundraising campaign.

McIntyre, 68, worked with the Board of Directors in 2012 to create a succession plan that is now being implemented.  Board vice chair Ed O’Keefe will direct the search committee.  Sockwell Partners, which recruited McIntyre to United Way five years ago this month, will lead the search process starting today.

“When I first joined United Way, I told the board that they had me for three years, maybe four at the most,” said McIntyre.  “I was having too much fun to let go until now, but with United Way back on solid ground, it’s time for me to call it a career.  My husband has been retired for seven years, and I’m ready to join him.”

To read the full news release, please click here.

Outside perspectives

Media reaction to the announcement:

Charlotte Observer story

- Observer editorial board

Charlotte Business Journal story

- CBJ/Bizwomen Q&A

In depth, then versus now:

Charlotte Magazine, 2009

Charlotte Magazine, 2013

Full bio: Jane L. McIntyre



Belk Donates 3,500+ Uniforms to Local At-Risk Children Through United Way

Belk today donated more than 3,500 of new school uniforms to students in need, the fourth year it has done so in conjunction with United Way of Central Carolinas.

Over four years, Belk has donated more than 12,000 two-piece uniforms with a retail value of nearly $650,000.  Locally, this year's uniforms are being distributed to:

• Charlotte/Mecklenburg – Donation of 2,100 Uniforms

• Cabarrus County/Kannapolis City – Donation of 1,000 Uniforms
• Union County – Donation of 500 Uniforms

“Back-to-school is a fun time of year for our customers, so when we can align that excitement with an opportunity to give back in the communities where we do business, it’s a perfect fit,” said Adam Orvos, Belk’s chief financial officer, representing Belk at today’s donation event.  “Belk consistently runs one of this United Way’s 10 largest campaigns because we believe in United Way’s impact on our hometown.  United Way agencies not only help children who can’t afford uniforms, but they help parents find jobs, help the homeless find housing, and much more.  We’re proud to do our part.”

For the full news release, please click here.



Sarah Porter is the new Cabarrus community director for United Way of Central Carolinas, replacing Barbi Jones, who recently joined our Charlotte office as Vice President of Communications, Engagement and Marketing.

Sarah previously worked for two United Way agencies, Charlotte Family Housing and Communities In Schools, as well as Classroom Central. To learn more about Sarah, please click here for her story in the Independent Tribune, or click here for United Way's news release.



United Way employees spend a day of service out in the community

United Way’s annual day of service enjoyed a bit of whimsy today, thanks to IKEA.  Since July 23 is also National Hot Dog Day, IKEA provided a hot dog lunch – plus hot dog and mustard mascots! – to spice up the volunteerism.

Click here to watch the Time Warner Cable News interview with IKEA spokesman Brian Gott.

Locally, United Way’s Volunteer Center organized 235 projects last year, involving 6,629 volunteers contributing more than 17,400 hours of service.  United Way’s employees also volunteer year-round in a variety of ways, but today provided an opportunity to experience organization-wide service and team-building, just like the Volunteer Center leads for local companies all year long.

Today’s volunteerism involved three separate agencies and venues:
• A Child’s Place – Project 1,000 tutor/mentor training and Lunch Buddy for a Day
• Men’s Shelter of Charlotte – preparing and serving lunch to homeless men
• Salvation Army – helping clean the Center of Hope homeless shelter for women and children

The largest gathering involved 50+ volunteers to support homeless children in A Child’s Place’s “My Place Summer Camp,” a six-week camp at Westerly Hills Elementary.

While some of the camp’s children are already being tutored or mentored through United Way’s Project 1,000 initiative, many others still need the support of a regular volunteer.  So United Way conducted a full Project 1,000 training session – which trained both United Way employees and outside volunteers – and then the participants got to try being a “lunch buddy for a day” with a child in need.

IKEA’s involvement added an element of fun as well as lunch for the campers and volunteers.  IKEA has been an ongoing partner in the Project 1,000 initiative, donating reading nooks to multiple United Way agencies and other venues.

More pictures from the event can be seen on United Way’s Facebook page.


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