United Way, in collaboration with IKEA and Scholastic Books, gave meaning to GIVINGTUESDAY today. Charlotte Speech and Hearing, a United Way funded agency, was the recipient of a brand new book nook and books, thanks to IKEA and Scholastic. As part of the donation today, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and volunteers from IKEA came to read with children at the Center. Each child also took home a holiday bag and books. The effort was part of United Way's Collective Impact focus on increasing academic success for children through Project 1,000. United Way's goal is to recruit 1,000 readers, tutors and mentors to work with children in local agencies that support children and to put books in the hands of children who don't have home libraries. Check out our website to find out more about how you can get involved in Project 1,000.
Click here for the press release.
Have holiday parties and shopping left you feeling a little "empty"? Interested in really getting in the holiday spirit by giving back? The United Way Volunteer Center has compiled a list of some great holiday volunteer opportunities for corporate groups, departments, faith groups, families and individuals.
Click here to view the holiday 2013 volunteer opportunities.
The Charlotte Bobcats and Lowe's today announced the two organizations will award a total of $50,000 to five local groups as part of the organizations' new educational grant program. United Way of Central Carolinas, Freedom School Partners, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, 100 Black Men of Charlotte and the Allegro Foundation will be the first recipients of the education grants. The organizations will receive their donations during an event Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Cats Care Community Corner at Time Warner Cable Arena.
"Each of these organizations has shown remarkable service and commitment to educating our youth, so the Bobcats and Lowe's want to support them any way we can," Bobcats Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield said. "We feel this grant program is a great way to help provide the necessary resources they need to promote academic success."
The grants will go to the following projects:
100 Black Men of Charlotte – To help fund the Movement of Youth Mentoring program, which seeks to increase graduation rates and college attendance through academic programming, one-on-one mentoring and college and career preparation.
Allegro Foundation – To help fund free weekly movement education classes for 160 children with disabilities at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' Title I elementary schools.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – To help fund Tutor.com, a real-time online homework assistance resource that is free to any student with a library card.
Freedom School Partners – To help fund summer literacy programs that help close the achievement gap at Title 1 and Project Lift Schools.
United Way of Central Carolinas – To help fund Project 1,000, a program that seeks to place volunteer mentors with some of the lowest-performing children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
"Lowe's is excited to partner with the Bobcats to help these organizations enhance educational opportunities across Charlotte," said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe's director of community relations. "Their efforts are helping meet the critical needs of students and families in our community."
In addition to the educational grant program, the Bobcats and Lowe's teamed up earlier this year to launch the Book Bus, a full-service literacy bus that travels throughout Charlotte year-round to encourage reading and distribute books to area youth. The renovated school bus helps increase opportunities for literacy and learning in underserved communities.
Charlotte Business Journal
Nov 1, 2013, 6:00am EDT Updated: Oct 31, 2013, 2:17pm EDT
Point of View
"Be The Change," United Way's campaign theme, is a simple message: change starts with each of us — with you.
Employers laid down a challenge for us. Four years ago, the Workplace Giving Task Force — composed primarily of local corporate leaders — put it bluntly: "Invest in solutions, don't just allocate dollars."
We listened and partnered with the Urban Institute on a five-county assessment to see what the greatest needs were after the recession. We then studied best practices of nonprofits that were successful at improving local communities.
We started a new strategic model called Collective Impact that focuses on our most-significant challenges.
Our pilot initiative was ambitious: to help raise the graduation rate over the next decade. Teens don't drop out of school overnight — most are behind their peers in kindergarten, then fall further behind each year. Dropping out is the final straw.
We gathered 16 United Way agencies and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to collaborate on this challenge. Each has taken on interim goals that all play a hand in helping a child earn a diploma.
With that program two years under way, we are now addressing housing and homelessness. This isn't just about the person on the street corner with a cardboard sign. It's about preventing a family from losing its home. Or it may be about financial education so people are prepared to maintain a home once they leave transitional housing. These are individuals who are one crisis away from catastrophe.
Workplace-fundraising campaigns remain the best way to give collectively to make a difference. Together, we can achieve much more than can be done separately.
Be The Change resonates as a message, and Collective Impact is a powerful tool for change. But it all falls short unless Charlotte's employers and employees make "live here, give here" their highest philanthropic priority.
Jane McIntyre is the executive director of United Way of Central Carolinas Inc. She can be reached at 704-371-6303.
Davis to Oversee Components of the Annual Campaign Including Statistical and Logistical Support as Well as Daily Operation of Donor Relations
United Way of Central Carolinas named Donnell Davis as Director of Campaign Operations. A veteran in the field of business planning, financial management and accounting at Duke Energy, Davis started in the United Way position on Monday, October 21. Davis will assume the responsibilities previously held by Vic Lisciani, who will be retiring from United Way in December.
Since 1985, Davis has managed strategic planning direction and financial management support for Duke Energy. He began his career at Duke in corporate accounting and served in various strategic roles including financial planning manager of McGuire Nuclear Station and financial planning manager of the nuclear business unit. After retiring from Duke in 2010, he served as principal of MFM Services, Inc. of Concord, and as principal of Davis Small Business Consulting. In the consulting role, he successfully helped small businesses create and implement strategic business plans.
"Donnell has demonstrated his ability to strategically lead teams during his 30 year career in financial management and accounting," said Jane McIntyre, executive director of United Way of Central Carolinas. "He will be a tremendous asset for our organization, and we look forward to Donnell enhancing our bench strength at United Way. Donnell will have big shoes to fill replacing Vic Lisciani, who will be retiring at the end of the year. Vic has been an invaluable part of our team for the past 10 years, and he will be greatly missed by United Way"
In this position, Davis' major areas of responsibility will include providing statistical and logistical support services for the annual campaign and the daily operations of the donor relations department. He will also serve as a liaison with other United Ways and the state and national United Way organizations. Davis will assist with setting certain policies of the organization as well as oversee adherence to policies. In addition, he will support progress in United Way's Strategic Plan.
"I'm excited about my new role at United Way of Central Carolinas and the opportunity to support the annual campaign work," said Davis. "I value the work that United Way does and the tremendous impact it has on those in need. This position will afford me the opportunity to use my financial expertise and background to strengthen the processes and planning at United Way."
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Davis holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. He also is a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife, Janet, have three adult children. The Davis family resides in Concord and he is a member of Bethpage United Presbyterian Church.
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