11.4.19 NC News

North Carolina is the top sweet potato producing state in the country and harvests more than 8 million pounds of sweet potato each year, producing nearly 60% of the country's supply. 

News about grants, gifts

SECU Foundation provided a $40,000 capacity building grant in support of the new residential chemical dependency treatment center for men, Samaritan Colony.

The donation will help feed over 600,000 people in need across 34 North Carolina counties.

Representatives from the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission and North Carolina Museum of History gathered to harvest the 2019 “History of the Harvest” exhibit, an urban garden located in downtown Raleigh that produced more than 80 pounds of sweet potatoes to be donated to Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research received a $50,000 donation from Trea and Kristen Turner to further fund pediatric cancer research.

The State Employee’s Credit Union (SECU) and the SECU Foundation held the Governor’s Award for Excellence honor award recipients who “were nominated for the commendation by their peers in recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments and dedicated service to the people and State of North Carolina.” Click here for a full list of the awards and recipients.

The WNC Bridge Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to support St. Gerard House. The grant includes the cost of materials, technology, and salary for a paraprofessional who would assist the current program coordinator.

News about people, groups

The first two episodes of the new season are now available from Healing Transitions‘ podcast Voices from the Village. The podcast as a whole is about the “individuals who, together, make up the fabric of the Recovery Village in Wake County.” Click here to access the podcast.

Voices Together has hired fundraising executive John Mitterling to “expand and diversify its funding and strategy as the organization scales towards a national presence.

Price is vice chancellor and chief of staff for the Community College System of Alabama.

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice added Andra Gillespie, Lisa Jones, and Susan Price to its board of directors, effective immediately.

The American Heart Association named Steve Koelsch as the chair for the 2020 Winston-Salem Heart Ball and appointed Bev Cleveland as the chair of the Triad Board of Directors.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing and protecting the right of women to vote, the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources presents “She Changed the World: North Carolina Women Breaking Barriers,” a series of public programs and activities to honor the achievements of women in North Carolina. Click here for more information.

To help create a more prosperous economy in Forsyth County, the board of directors of both the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and Winston-Salem Business Inc. voted unanimously to consolidate the two organizations.

WGU North Carolina honored Wake County Public School Systems’ Teacher and Principals of the Year with a $1,000 donation to each of their respective schools. Ruth Steidinger, Principal of the Year, Olive Chapel Elementary School, Catie Burnette, Assistant Principal of the Year, Hilburn Academy, and Lindsey Evans, Teacher of the Year, Apex Friendship Middle School were presented with commemorative checks from WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt and North Carolina Courage owner Steve Malik at the North Carolina Courage’s playoff game at WakeMed Soccer Park on October 20th.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Starting Friday, November 8th in Winston-Salem, StoryCenter will hold North Carolina Listens: Pilot Workshop, a digital storytelling workshop demonstrating the “potential of a statewide digital storytelling workshop in the spirit of CaliforniaListens.org.” The workshop is also sponsored by the UNC School of the Arts. Click here for more details.

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits released an updated version of The 2019 Legal Compliance Checklist for North Carolina Nonprofits. Click here to access the full checklist.

The refuge’s turkeys, goats, sheep, chickens, geese, and ducks will all be available for visits at the event.

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge will host its 6th annual Day with the Turkeys on Saturday, November 23rd in Pittsboro. Click here to RSVP.

March of Dimes issued its “2019 March of Dimes Report Card,” giving North Carolina’s current state of maternal and infant health a D+ grade. Click here to view the report card and for additional information.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina partnered with the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA to fund the “Double SNAP Dollars Collaborative,” a partnership with six Triangle-area farmers’ markets to provide matching incentives to low-income shoppers. Beginning on October 29th, the “Double Bucks” program will be offered at the following markets: Durham Farmers’ Market, South Durham Farmers’ Market, East Durham Market (opening March 2020), Carrboro Farmers’ Market, Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, and The Eno River Farmers’ Market.

Leadership Triangle will host “Happy Fall Happy Hour” Tuesday, November 5th at Barrel Culture in Durham. Click here to RSVP.


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