10.03.12.: NC News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded North Carolina a total of $2,797,041 in grants to help public and assisted housing residents connect with local services to obtain education and training to find jobs. The funding allows these local grantees to retain or hire 1,500 service coordinators to work directly with HUD-assisted families to connect them to the supportive services that meet their individual needs. A full list of recipients can be viewed here.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced that WakeMed Health & Hospitals is one of the awardees for the 2012 National Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP). WakeMed accepted the grant on behalf of Advocates for Health in Action (AHA), a Wake County healthy weight collaborative.  AHA will work with the Wake County Cooperative Extension and Wake County Human Services to assist the Wendell Farmers’ Market and the Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina. With nearly $63,000 in funding from the USDA, AHA will work to promote the two markets.

Saint Augustine’s University received a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities program to help the university serve low-income students.

News about people, groups

The Salvation Army of Wake County is reporting that over 350 children have been helped by Project CATCH (Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless), collaboration between The Salvation Army, The Young Child Mental Health Collaborative, Wake County Smart Start and the John Rex Endowment. Eleven other area shelters are also partners in the project, which seeks to ensure that all involved agencies are able to identify and address the needs of homeless children in their care. Project CATCH is also reporting that 300 of the children served received developmental and psychosocial assessments and screenings, 244 children received case management support, and 722 referrals were made to community partners for mental health, early education, medical assistance, and day care.

Urban Ministries of Wake County announced its new executive director, Dr. Peter Morris. He will succeed Anne Burke, who joined the agency in 1981 and became executive director in 1986.  Burke announced her retirement in August 2011. Armstrong McGuire, a philanthropic advisory firm located in Raleigh, assisted in the national selection process for the new executive director.

WakeMed Health & Hospitals established a new primary care practice in Fuquay-Varina, Wake Specialty Physicians – Fuquay-Varina Primary Care. Ioanna Z. Giatis Kessler, DO, FACOFP, and Amber Whited, DO, will offer comprehensive family medicine services for adults, adolescents and pediatric (newborn and up) patients in the new office located at 231 North Judd Parkway in Fuquay-Varina.

Signal Hill, a Cary based company, won two gold, two silver, two bronze and two merit honors in the 21st annual National Mature Media Awards. Signal Hill won awards for the third consecutive year, earning recognition for its work on behalf of ABHOW, a nonprofit senior living organization based in Pleasanton, Calif. Signal Hill also won a bronze award for Senior Correspondent, the company’s own online media venture.

Council for Children’s Rights, Legal Aid of North Carolina, and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, hosted their first annual Pro Bono Awards to honor the attorneys who have given their time and expertise to local indigent families. Awards included the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, Outstanding Firm Service Award, Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, and Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. Award recipients can be viewed here.

Family Service of the Piedmont honored Dr. Harry R. (Frosty) and Catharine Culp and Paul L. Kennedy with the Julia B. Nile for Love of Family Award. The Award represents the highest honor given to individuals from High Point and Greensboro who make an impact on Family Service of the Piedmont and their community in helping to build safe and healthy families.

Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) has been honored with the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility. This award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, recognizes employers of all sizes and types across the country.

The American Heart Association’s Guilford Go Red For Women campaign announced Joanne Allen, president of Kernersville Medical Center Hospital, as the chair of the Guilford Go Red For Women campaign for 2014. Robin Hager, chief administrative officer and senior executive vice president of NewBridge Bank, is the 2013 chair for the Guilford Go Red For Women campaign. Kernersville Medical Center Hospital is partnering with the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women program, joining NewBridge Bank as the Guilford County Sponsors for Go Red For Women.

United Way of the Greater Triangle Women’s Leadership Council‘s annual dessert auction raised over $62,000 to send teen girls to the annual Girl Scout Leadership Camp in August, 2013. The event also honored three teen girls with the 2012 Emily’s Star Award for their leadership skills and community service.  Awards went to Ana Barios, Boys & Girls Club of Wake County; Marisa Bishop, Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines; and Christen Greene, Boys & Girls Club of Wake County. The 2012 Woman Leader Award was presented to Rusine Mitchell-Sinclair for her service to the community.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The American Heart Association’s Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk and Salem Automation are accepting nominations for the Kid’s Lifestyle Change Award. All adults are encouraged to nominate a Forsyth County child, 6-12 years old, which has started eating healthier, has become more active or is encouraging their friends or family to get more heart healthy with them. From September 1 through October 10, nominate a child online. Three children, one per age category, will be chosen as the 2012 Kid’s Lifestyle Change Award Winners on the stage at the Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk.

The United Arts Council announces Teacher Art Grants that emphasize arts projects and programs in all school subject areas; bring artists into the classroom; reach a large number of students; and encourage cooperative arts projects among schools, teachers, PTAs and other organizations. Application deadline is Monday, October 15, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. This year’s grant program will award $15,000 to K-12 schools in the Greater Greensboro area. Grants are available to public, charter and private schools serving Greater Greensboro area students in grades K-12.  Schools in High Point and Jamestown should contact the High Point Area Arts Council for potential funding at (336) 889-2787 or www.highpointarts.org. All those in Greater Greensboro who are interested in applying for the Teacher Art Grant program may download an application at http://www.artsgreensboro.org/ or call the UAC at 336-373-7523, ext. 256.  All applications must be received into the UAC office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2012.

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