United Way of Central Carolinas




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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Campaign coordinators tour United Way agencies

Employee campaign coordinators – your company peers who help organize the annual fundraising campaign for United Way – are often the “go to” experts when donors have questions. So on Tuesday, July 15, United Way took a busload of campaign coordinators on a half-day tour of United Way agencies.

The purpose of the tour was simple: to show where donations go, see what these donations achieve, and learn more about our community’s needs – all to get the coordinators up to speed ahead of this year’s campaign.

For efficiency, the tour was limited to four agencies, but between each stop, the coordinators were updated on big-picture details such as local United Way initiatives to raise graduation rates and reduce homelessness. The coordinators also got an advance screening of two new success story videos.

Most importantly, they got to see our partner agencies at work, hearing from staff members and those helped by United Way funding. Stops included:

•    Charlotte Family Housing – At this agency that provides transitional housing for working families, executive director Stephen Smith talked about a mission of “not just getting families into housing, but preparing them, so they can stay housed.”

•    Hope Haven – At an agency that specializes in the homeless who battle drug addictions, the coordinators toured the catering and laundry job-training programs, then heard from Mike, a former resident who’s now a Hope Haven employee celebrating 16 years clean. He concluded his heartfelt message with this note to United Way donors: “You have given me the opportunity to reach those who were unreachable.  I’ve been able to love them unconditionally, and you gave me that. I can’t thank you enough.”

•    Salvation Army – executive director Deronda Metz talked about her United Way funded Boys & Girls Clubs, who surprised the bus with a sidewalk full of grateful, sign-wielding youth; she also updated tour participants on the Center of Hope’s new 64-bed expansion, funded in part by United Way. She described the current philanthropic climate as “Charlotte’s most exciting time ever in solving homelessness.”

•    Crisis Assistance Ministry – connecting dots back to the beginning of the tour, executive director Carol Hardison noted that Charlotte Family Housing was birthed at Crisis Assistance Ministry, as “a strategic effort to get people out of shelters faster.” She noted that there were 202 people lined up at her door when the ministry opened for the day, calling her agency “the final emergency room to help those about to lose their home.”

Between the tour stops, those on the bus heard about volunteering opportunities from Sarah Degnan of the United Way Volunteer Center. Getting the most from her captive audience, Sarah provided supplies for the tour participants to stuff pencil packs while the bus traveled – packs that were immediately given to the Salvation Army upon arrival.

United Way’s next agency tour is on August 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


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