08.22.12.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Danville Regional Foundation seeks nominations from nonprofit organizations within the DRF service area – City of Danville and Pittsylvania County, VA and Caswell County, NC for the B. R. Ashby, M. D. Award for Outstanding Community Service award. The award is in the amount of a $50,000 general operating grant and honors outstanding community service in the region by a nonprofit organization based on success in helping needy families and individuals overcome significant challenges.

Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina has received a $15,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation to enhance economic and STEM education as part of the K-12 “Full STEM Ahead! Skills for a Global Economy” initiative. Funding will serve up to 900 K-12 students in Montgomery County over the course of two years.

SECU members via the SECU Foundation provided funding for the purchase of new service units to be used by the North Carolina Troopers Association/North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCTA/NCSHP) Caisson Unit.  The new vehicles will provide increased capacity to safely transport Caisson Unit horses, personnel, and equipment to funeral ceremonies for North Carolina law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

Walmart’s North Carolina Giving Council continues its commitment to end hunger, to protect North Carolina’s children and to preserve the environment with gifts to the following non-profits: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, Boys and Girls Clubs of Raleigh, Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Interfaith Food Shuttle, Prevent Blindness of NC, and Step-up Ministries.

News about people, groups

David A. Jackson will be joining the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation as the new Executive Director beginning in November, 2012.

The African American Atelier, Inc. will open its fall exhibition schedule with “Celebrating Creative Teaching:  Art by Local and Area Professors and Teachers”  in the Greensboro Cultural Center. This exhibit highlights some of the area’s best artists/educators in a broad range of mediums while integrating the work of talented college and university professors, public school teachers and practicing artists of various backgrounds, ethnic groups, academic ranks and affiliations.

The NC Triad Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has appointed six new members to its board of directors. Joining as of April 1st are Leslie Conway of Well Spring Retirement Community and Mike Reeves of Primo Water. Recently added as of August 1st are Ashley Kohlrus of Allegacy Federal Credit Union, Marissa Howard-McNatt of Wake Forest Baptist Health, Roberta King-Latham of Bennett & Guthrie, PLLC, and Carla Strom of Wake Forest Baptist Health. Elected officers for the 2013 fiscal year are Natasha Gore; president, Stephanie Billings; vice president, Jo Ann Gibson; treasurer, and Mary Perkins; secretary.

The Employment and Training Administration, an agency within the US Department of Labor, released a research report entitled The Employment Service in Rural North Carolina: Insights from the “Great Recession.”  The report explores the role that the 90 local offices of the North Carolina State Employment Service (ES) played in assisting the rural unemployed between 2007 and 2010.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. of Winston-Salem is pleased to announce the appointment of the following community leaders to their 2012-2013 Board of Directors: Trae Cotton, Winston-Salem State University, Jacqueline Daniels, Novant Health, Paul Foley, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP, Debbie Koontz, Pure and Honest Kids, Chris Leak, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, J.A. “Yogi” Mangual, SCV Command Source, Tony McLure, PepsiCo, and Dan Stempkowski, PepsiCo

Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC), part of the leading dropout prevention network in the nation dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, announced that Ms. Beth Shore has joined the staff as the Director of Development. Ms. Shore joins CISNC from University Conference Services, where she served as a national account executive. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wake Forest University.

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