By Todd Cohen
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Buoyed by last fall’s annual fund drive, which raised $13 million, United Way of Greater Greensboro this year will invest $8.6 million in community programs.
Those investments, recommended by a volunteer group chaired by Tom Cone of law firm Ott, Cone & Redpath, include $3.3 million for programs serving children, nearly $2.5 million for health programs, and over $2.5 million for programs to help adults help themselves.
Responding to nearly $8.3 million in requests, United Way will make over $7.5 million in grants ranging from $10,000 to $660,000 to support 67 programs at 30 partner agencies, says Sam Parker, vice president for community investment.
In addition to those grants, United Way also will hand out and administer $200,000 in grants with funds from the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, and will make $156,000 in venture grants to support innovative programs, up $50,000 from a year ago.
United Way also will spend $370,000 on three initiatives to address the root causes of critical community problems.
Funding for those initiatives includes $150,000 to provide support for at-risk infants and toddlers in the Latino, Asian and other immigrant and minority communities, working with 120 families through the Center for New North Carolinians at UNC-Greensboro and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of the Piedmont.
A second initiative of $110,000 will support parent involvement and enrichment programming at eight elementary schools, and a third grant of $110,000 will support improvement and expansion of United Way’s 2-1-1 service that provides information and referrals on health and human services resources.
United Way also will spend $315,000 to operate its community investment division, and will help coordinate an effort to develop a plan to end homelessness in Guilford County within 10 years.
Incoming chair for United Way’s Community Investment Council, the volunteer group that makes recommendations its board of directors on how to spend money in the community, will be Otis Wilson, a community volunteer.