NCCARE360 Is Coming To Chatham

United Way of Chatham County is partnering with the Chatham Health Alliance to implement NCCARE360 in Chatham County! Watch the video to learn about the vision and process of building a statewide network to improve health for all North Carolinians:

Chatham County Outstanding Volunteers Awards Nomination Forms Now Available

United Way of Chatham County is accepting nominations for the Chatham County Outstanding Volunteer Awards.  If you know a volunteer who selflessly gives their time, talent and expertise to benefit Chatham residents, please consider nominating them for this special recognition.  Nomination forms must be submitted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NFYQLHX by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020.  Individuals may be nominated for volunteer service in the following categories: Veteran/Military Families, Youth, Disaster, Animals, NC Preservation, Environment and Health & Human Services.

Every day in Chatham County hundreds of volunteers donate their time and talent through nonprofit organizations, churches and schools.  “The amount of hours served by volunteers of United Way and its member agencies totaled an astonishing 81,179  last year,” said Alane Coore, United Way Volunteer Center Coordinator.  “This results in over 2 million dollars saved in salaries.  It is important to recognize volunteers for their efforts because they help nonprofit agencies to provide a level of service that they otherwise may not be able to provide.”

Chatham County community members make up the local advisory committee that reviews the nomination forms, selects the honorees and plans local recognition activities.  All nominees selected by the advisory committee will be recognized at the 2020 Chatham County Outstanding Volunteer Awards Ceremony, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2020.

The local advisory committee will also select Chatham County nominees to be considered for recognition on the state level.  The United Way of Chatham County Volunteer Center coordinates this effort with the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.   Those selected will receive recognition from the Governor, in addition to being considered for the Governor’s Medallion Award.  The Governor’s Office honors only twenty volunteers with the Medallion Award statewide and selects from nominees submitted by 100 counties.  A minimum of one year of volunteer service is required to be eligible to receive the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

For more information about the Volunteer Recognition Program, please contact United Way Volunteer Center Coordinator Alane Coore by phone at: 542-1110 or by email at: alane@unitedwayofchathamcounty.

What Does United Way’s 2-1-1 System Do For Chatham?

Barry, a disabled 54 year old, called 2-1-1 seeking help with a rent payment he must make to avoid eviction. Barry had secured some of the funds needed to make the payment, but additional funds were still necessary. The 2-1-1 call specialist provided Barry with referrals to local agencies that provide emergency financial assistance. A few days later, the call specialist reached out to Barry to follow-up and see if he had been able to pull together the necessary funds. Barry was happy to report that he had been able to secure the necessary funds from one of the referred agencies and was especially grateful for the follow-up call from 2-1-1.

Fearrington Kicks Off Campaign!

Gene Rogers, Ellen Shanahan, Jan Wilson, Ruth Murphy, Barbara Spillane, Ed Bonahue and Joe Mottola are just a few of the neighborhood captains.

The Fearrington Neighborhood Captains met yesterday to Kick-Off their campaign. Envelopes have arrived in everyone’s mailbox. Send yours in today.  Campaign progress will be displayed on the cow and goat campaign signs.  Keep an eye out for them!

George Evans Receives United Way of Chatham County’s Highest Honor at 2019 Kick-Off Event

United Way board member Jack Zollinger (left), 2019 United Way Campaign Kick-Off Event Emcee Bill Leslie (retired WRAL anchor, second from right) and United Way Executive Director Dina Reynolds pose with Ormsbee Robinson Award winner George Evans, who was honored for his charitable work for the United Way of Chatham County.

Ormsbee Robinson was the organizer of the first United Way campaign in Fearrington, which helped to solidify United Way’s presence in Chatham County. As a founder, he helped lead the group that built a vision for this United Way, developed the bylaws and created the operating standards. Ormsbee exemplified selfless giving and committed service to Chatham County through United Way.

The Ormsbee Robinson Award, established in his memory in 1996, is given by the United Way Board of Directors every year to those who have demonstrated Ormsbee’s legacy of strong leadership and long-standing commitment to the United Way and its mission.

The Board of Directors is proud to announce that this year’s recipient is George Evans. He has led the Carolina Meadows campaign for the last seven years and saw increases in both participation and proceeds every single year. In fact, the campaign has grown by 37% since he began as Chair.

He also served on the United Way Executive Committee for three years and the Board of Directors for six years. During that time, he was instrumental in strategic planning, financial oversight and program evaluation. He worked diligently to ensure that donor dollars were being administered responsibly and effectively. While George is passionate about the work of United Way and its funded agencies, his past also includes the construction of fifteen Habitat houses.

Please join us in thanking George Evans for all that he’s done for United Way and for Chatham County.

United Way Kicks off 2019 Campaign!

As Master of Ceremonies, retired WRAL News Anchor Bill Leslie set the stage for a fun event!

The United Way Campaign Kick-Off luncheon was held in the clubhouse ballroom at Governors Club Thursday, September 5 and hosted over 130 people.

United Way hosts the annual event to celebrate the prior year’s fundraising campaign and to kick off the upcoming year’s campaign. The event featured retired WRAL news personality Bill Leslie as emcee, after the originally scheduled Kathryn Brown was re-assigned to cover Hurricane Dorian. The keynote speakers were Unite Us Community Engagement Manager Georgina Dukes who introduced NCCARE360, the first statewide coordinated care network to assist healthcare providers and human service agencies with connecting people to the resources they need for a more holistic approach to improve health. NC 2-1-1 Statewide Strategy Director Heather Black joined her to discuss how the two resources work together to increase access to services for those in need. Musical entertainment was provided by Sue Wilson on the hammered dulcimer and Betsy Kraus on the concertina.

There were 15 displays set up by United Way member agencies that portrayed the programs and services provided by the agencies and supported by United Way campaign contributions. Sponsors for the event included: Briar Chapel by Newland Communities, Chatham News + Record, Duke Energy, Governors Club, Laurels of Chatham and Realty World Carolina Properties.

Many businesses and volunteers were recognized for their participation and efforts in the United Way annual campaign. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office received recognition for 100% participation last year, as they have for the last thirteen years. Chatham Hospital and Chatham County Schools received the “Greatest Employee Spirit” Award. The Chatham County Employee Campaign was recognized for having the largest campaign increase.

United Way is the advocate and the benefactor to 15 outstanding human service agencies. They are: 4-H, Boys & Girls Club, Chatham Cares Pharmacy, Council on Aging, Literacy Council, Communities In Schools, Partnership for Children, Chatham Trades, CORA Food Pantry, El Futuro, Legal Aid, Rebuilding Together of the Triangle, Salvation Army, The Learning Trail, and the West Chatham Food Pantry.

2019 Chatham County School System Convocation

United Way was honored to attend the Chatham County School System’s annual convocation. United Way representatives joined the administration, School Board and County Commissioners in welcoming back faculty and staff for a productive 2019/2020 school year filled with growth and achievement.

United Way Board of Directors Chair Shawn McClarnon kicked off the United Way campaign for Chatham County Schools faculty and staff.


Join United Way for the 2019 Campaign Kick-Off Luncheon at Governors Club

Join the United Way of Chatham County for an afternoon of celebration at the 2019 Campaign Kick-Off. It will be held in the clubhouse ballroom of Governors Club on Thursday, September 5 from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm.

The event features WRAL News Anchor Kathryn Brown as Master of Ceremonies. Unite Us Community Engagement Manager Georgina Dukes will introduce NCCARE360, the first statewide coordinated care network to assist healthcare providers and human service agencies with connecting people to the resources they need for a more holistic approach to improve health. NC 2-1-1 Statewide Strategy Director Heather Black will join her and discuss how the two resources will work together to increase access to services for those in need.

Lunch will be catered by Governors Club. A member agency expo will provide guests with an opportunity to learn about the human service programs United Way supports. Representatives will be available to share information regarding the services they provide and the volunteer opportunities they offer.

United Way is the advocate and benefactor of many human service agencies in Chatham County. They are: Boys & Girls Club, Chatham Cares Pharmacy, Chatham 4-H, Chatham Literacy Council, Chatham Trades, Communities In Schools, CORA Food Pantry, Council on Aging, El Futuro, Legal Aid, Partnership for Children, Rebuilding Together, Salvation Army, The Learning Trail and West Chatham Food Pantry.

Special Thanks to our event sponsors: Briar Chapel by Newland Communities, Chatham News + Record, Duke Energy, Governors Club, Realty World/Carolina Properties and The Laurels of Chatham.

Admission is $30 per person. RSVP by calling the United Way of Chatham County at 542-1110 by Friday, August 30.

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