WHAT WE CARE ABOUT

United for positive change

The United Way of Forsyth County is committed to lasting positive impact. Working collectively and collaboratively with our partners, investors and resources, along with passionate members of our community, we’re learning from our past and creating sustainable results for our future.

Social issues and challenges in our community are increasingly complex and interconnected. These complex issues require comprehensive solutions. Though we see them as interconnected with one another, we believe that education, financial stability, health, basic needs and thriving individuals and neighborhoods stand at the foundation for strengthening our community and creating the positive change, together, we can achieve.

STATE OF OUR COMMUNITY

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COLLECTIVE IMPACT

We believe the innovative way we’re rallying our partners across government, business, philanthropy, faith communities, non-profits and the private sector will achieve lasting social change.

THE LATEST

SOCIAL

We love hearing from our community members! Something as simple as a new camera can enhance student's lives now and help to preserve memories forever!

Dear United Way of Forsyth County,

First of all, thank you for your contributions to our yearbook classroom. We will be using out the new camera to take higher quality pictures for our annual publication in order to better preserve memories from this school year. The camera will also allow us to make sure our large staff has enough technology so that there will be less disagreements over who gets to use certain cameras which day.

This camera is newer and better than our current cameras, so we are very excited about our new technology. Plus, we were excited to name it. His name is Jax. We have already used him to take pictures at school events, like football games. The pictures we took with him were significantly improved from last year. We are thrilled to use Jax at future events. He is actually many student's personal favorite to use!

With gratitude,
Ms. Lynch's class

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First started for the 2012 presidential election, National Voter Registration Day has become a 50-state holiday when thousands of organizations and volunteers organize to ensure our family, friends, and neighbors are registered to vote. As a non-partisan coalition of organizations, National Voter Registration Day is the perfect opportunity to get involved no matter what party you support or which issues matter most to you. National Voter Registration Day ... See MoreSee Less

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The Crosby Scholars Community Partnership helps students in public middle and high schools in Forsyth County prepare academically, personally, and financially for college admission and other post-secondary opportunities best suited to a student's needs, aptitudes and dreams. In partnership with The United Way, students like John can attain the career they always wanted.

As a 2013 graduate of North Forsyth High School,John went on to graduate from the NASCAR Technical Institute—and he started working four days later at Korman Autoworks , a BMW restoration and service shop in Greensboro.

He believes that participating in Crosby Scholars — and achieving the standards it required for grades and community service — helped him when he applied to the NASCAR program.

“They saw the good student, and having that on my resume, they were pretty happy to have me there,” he says, and he encourages other students to participate in Crosby Scholars. “I think every kid going through school should.” Find more about Why behind the Way at www.forsythunitedway.org NASCAR BMW Winston-Salem, North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina
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Today, we honor Bill Womble--he chaired our campaign in 1949 when it was called the Community Chest. In addition to being a well respected attorney, Bill committed much of his life to philanthropic efforts. Sadly he passed away last week but his life and commitment to his community will forever live on.

In addition to being the Campaign Chairman of the Forsyth County Community Chest (now United Way) in 1949, he also served as a trustee of High Point College (now High Point University) from 1950 including a term as Chair of the Board and had been a life Trustee for many years. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in May 2000. Bill was as a Trustee of Winston-Salem State University (1953-55), the Methodist Children's Home (1959-1975), serving as President from 1969 to 1975.

He was the first President of the Children's Center for the Physically Handicapped and served on its Board from 1952-98. He also served as President of ESR (Experiment in Self-Reliance, Inc.) (another United Way sponsored initiative)1964-65 and the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce 1960-61.

Bill was a member of the People-to-People Citizen Ambassador's Program, Chairman of the Administrative Board of Centenary United Methodist Church, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Senior Services, Inc., and was named Trustee of the Year by the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, Old Town Club and the Rotary Club of Winston-Salem (serving as President in 1964). Bill was an organizer of the Triad United Methodist Home, Inc. (Arbor Acres) in 1975, and served as a director, treasurer and president from 1976-87.

Thank you Bill for your guidance and support of our community. High Point University The United Methodist Church Rotary International Winston-Salem, North Carolina Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Winston-Salem State University
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Juan came to the YWCA Best Choice Center as a very shy five-year-old who did not speak English. After some time, he became more comfortable with the staff and the environment at the Best Choice Center. His English greatly improved, and he was able to participate in activities and interact with his teachers.

Juan continued attending the Best Choice Center through the seventh grade. Due to English being his second language, Juan received an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) which allowed him extra time to complete his school work. His determination and hard work resulted in Juan being promoted every year and passing his End of Grade (EOG) tests and making the Honor Roll. Juan continued making good grades in middle school and has been on the Honor Roll every quarter.

It's success stories like these that show the Why behind the Way. For more info on how you can support the United Way go to: www.forsythunitedway.org Learn English as a second language YWCA of Winston-Salem: Gateway Center HONOR Students Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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