6.24.19 NC News

The Oakwood Historic District, included in National Register of Historic Places, recently had its boundaries increased.

News about grants, gifts

The Diaper Train at Saint Saviour’s Center received a $20,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina to continue providing diapers to the 1,000 individual children they are currently serving monthly in Wake County.

The new “Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship” culminates with an exhibition of new work at Center for Craft’s gallery in downtown Asheville.

Center for Craft added two new $20,000 Craft Research Fellowships for mid-career artists to its grant program. Click here for more information about the grant program.

The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded their May community grants, 26 grants totaling $762,161 for organizations in Forsyth County. The awarded organizations include Carolina Music Ways, HandsOn Northwest NC, The Centers for Exceptional Children, Yadkin Riverkeeper, and more.

Tour D’Coop raised more than $27,000 for Urban Ministries of Wake County on June 1st offering one-day tours of the hen coops, bee hives, and urban gardens around Wake County.

The Blue Ridge Literacy Council’s Family Literacy Program received a $1,500 award from Women’s United.

Women United of United Way of Henderson County selected four local initiatives to split $4,000 in award funds. The initiatives—Blue Ridge Literacy Council’s Family Literacy Program, Blue Ridge Health’s School Based Health Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Henderson County, and the Hendersonville Elementary School PTA—each help women and children succeed and become more self-sufficient.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation distributed $2.5 million in community-based grants to communities across North Carolina. Grant recipients include Gaston Family Health Services in Gastonia, the Health Education Foundation of Eastern NC in Rocky Mount, West Side Community Land Trust in Charlotte, the town of Beaufort, and the YMCA of Asheville and Western NC.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund awarded a $500,000 grant to UNC REX Healthcare. The grant will help outfit mobile mammography units with 3D imaging technology and support UNC REX’s Angel Fund, which services underserved patients fighting cancer.

News about people, groups

The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition appointed Shelisa Howard-Martinez as its new executive director. Howard-Martinez replaces Robert Childs, who has served as executive director since 2009.

The Lexington Industrial Historic District is one of two new North Carolina districts added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources added four districts across the state to the National Register of Historic Places. The newly added districts include the Lexington Industrial Historical District and the Henry River Mill Village Historic District. The West Chapel Hill Historic District and Oakwood Historic Districts had their boundaries increased.

ArtsGreensboro’s ArtsFund fundraising campaign surpassed their $850,000 goal with over $865,500 raised so far from 780 donors.

Following executive director and president Beth Dehghan’s retirement announcement, WomenNC has appointed Mary Thompson as interim director. Dehghan has served as executive director and president since the organization’s founding in 2009.

On Thursday, June 20th, UNC-TV aired an ncIMPACT episode titled “Local Talent Pipeline—Alamance County.” The episode highlighted an apprenticeship program in Alamance County addressing the immediate demand for skilled workers and need to grow the next generation of leaders in manufacturing. Individual episodes, web extras, and segments of ncIMPACT can be found here.

For over 40 years Meachum was recognized as Greensboro’s consummate bluesman, storyteller, actor, writer, and arts educator.

The late Logie Meachum will receive ArtsGreensboro’s 2019 Betty Cone Medal of Arts Award. Established in 1999, the award honors local artists who achieved excellence in their discipline and made extraordinary contributions to their community.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation associate program officer Allie Garrett will leave the foundation in July to take a senior program associate position with Energy Foundation. Garrett joined the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in July 2015.

The NC Technology Association (NC TECH) released its monthly snapshot of IT positions in the state, reporting openings were higher in May than they were the same month last year. Additionally, North Carolina openings outpaced the nation-wide rates for that same comparison period. The current and previous IT job reports from NC TECH are available here.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Communities In Schools of Durham is seeking volunteers to assist at the E.K. Powe, Eno Valley, and Merrick-Moore elementary schools on Mondays through Thursdays for the month of July. For more information email volunteer@cisdurham.org.

To help facilitate the launch of their new afterschool program, Dreams 2 Life, Inc. is hosting a “Jazz 4 Dreams” black-tie fundraising event on Friday, June 28th at the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham. More information and tickets for purchase are available here.

The North Carolina Museum of Art is seeking volunteers who speak English and Spanish for their fall exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, which runs from October 26th, 2019, through January 19th, 2020.

“Family Pictures USA” host Thomas Allen Harris will interview families from around the Triangle—many of whom can be seen in the upcoming PBS episode.

Guests are invited to attend a live, in-studio taping of the PBS and UNC-TV series Family Pictures USA. The taping will take place Thursday, June 27th at 4 pm at UNC-TV’s Goodmon Studio in Durham County. Registration is required to attend this free event; be sure to register here.

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits will host a natural disaster preparation webinar Wednesday, July 24th starting at 1 pm. Click here for more information and to register.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County is seeking prize donations for their summer reading program raffle. Specifically, they are looking for donated gift cards, ticket packages, technology, and gift baskets. Contact mpoupard@wakebgc.org for questions or additional information.

The Guilford Green Foundation & LGBTQ Center is hosting a free screening of Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson followed by a panel discussion on Thursday, June 27th starting at 6 pm at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro. Click here to reserve your seat.


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