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Postal Service and United Way Join Forces to Promote Literacy

FAYETTEVILLE, NC — The United States Postal Service and United Way of Cumberland County have joined together for some special deliveries over the past six years. Recently, Cumberland County Schools showed appreciation for the role postal carriers play in Promote Literacypromoting literacy.

Through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, United Way of Cumberland County encourages parents to register their infants to receive one free book each month until the age of five. The books will be delivered directly to the home and in the child’s name, helping him or her amass a 60-book library by Kindergarten. Studies show that 35 percent of children arrive at Kindergarten unprepared to learn; but by reading regularly with children during preschool years, parents can give them the biggest boost ever toward a successful education.

According to local United Way President and CEO Robert Hines, the Postal Service’s role is invaluable. “Postal carriers are the second step in the process. Without them we can’t get the books delivered for parents to read to their children.” Hines says carriers in Fayetteville and Hope Mills go a step beyond the ordinary. Because Cumberland County is a transient community, sometimes parents move and don’t update their addresses for the books to reach their children. Usually those books would just go undelivered. “Instead, the carriers bring back the books and set them aside for me to collect at the end of the month so I can redistribute them to our schools here,” said Hines. “That makes a huge difference.”

Those extra books for school libraries are a great benefit to the Cumberland County Schools System. Still, Superintendent Dr. Frank Till, Jr. says the most important benefit is seen in the classroom. “When children begin school with a strong foundation of reading, overall literacy improves. The key to proficiency in reading is to start early.”

Till and the Board of Education recently approved a proclamation thanking area mail carriers for their efforts. And one by one, those carriers were awarded a certificate of appreciation signed personally by Till. “We wanted to do this back in January, but the winter weather delayed us a bit. Even though the Post Office was still delivering, we were sidetracked,” Till stated during a recent visit. Hines and Till joined acting Fayetteville Postmaster Scott Cheesman on a “tour of offices” to hand out certificates and give special thanks to mail carriers in all six offices.

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Armed Forces Day May 17th

Veterans Park a Community Celebration17 May 2014 Armed Forces Day Flyer

  • 5KM/10KM Poker Ride
  • Wreath/Missing Man Ceremony
  • Golden Knight Demo, 82nd Chorus
  • Fireworks, Movie
  • Veteran/Community Services
  • Bouncy House, Horses
  • Prizes/Gifts to the Public

 

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2014 DAYS OF CARING

Days of Caring is about mobilizing the caring power of people in our community.

Give a half or a full day. Give your best. We all have special talents. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all.

Whether it is washing windows, painting, building wheel chair ramps, reading to the blind, fence repair or green space clean-up in our community, there are hundreds of volunteering options available for three days. Give the gift of you.

May 8th – 10th

2014 Days of Caring Brochure

Individual Volunteer Sign Up

Group Volunteer Sign Up

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Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Cumberland County Awarded Federal Funds from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program

 Cumberland County has been awarded $153,890 under Phase 31 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to help supplement and expand local emergency food and shelter programs. Funded agencies use EFSP funds for mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through food pantries, food banks and food vouchers, one-month utility payments to prevent service disconnection, one-month rent/mortgage assistance to prevent evictions, and to assist people that leave shelters establish stable living conditions.

  •  Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network (Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families) $36,267
  • Operation Blessing of Fayetteville- ($15,000 total award)
  •          Food Voucher Program- $5,000
  •          Utility Assistance Program- $10,000
  • The Salvation Army- ($75,000 total award)
  •          Temporary Emergency Shelter- $50,000
  •          Feeding Program- $25,000
  • United Way of Cumberland County (Admin. of the EFSP Program) – $3,078
  • Veterans Empowering Veterans – ($11,545 total award)

The National Board designated United Way of Cumberland County to serve as the administrator to the local board. The local board is comprised of representatives from Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network, Cumberland County Coordinating Council on Older Adults, The Salvation Army, Beth Israel Federated Charities, Catholic Charities, Cumberland County Department of Social Services, Fayetteville Urban Ministry, Cumberland County Community Development, American Red Cross, Cumberland County Indian Housing Authority, Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville VA Medical Center, and United Way of Cumberland County.

The EFSP Local Board’s responsibility is to:

  • Consider all private voluntary and public organizations currently providing or capable of providing emergency food and shelter programs.
  • Select and recommend which local organizations should receive funding and the amounts of the funding awards.
  • Advertise the availability of funds.
  •  Establish priorities among community needs.
  • Award funds to nonprofit and government emergency food and shelter agencies.
  • Monitor program compliance to Rules and Regulations set forth by the National EFSP Board.

Local Recipient Organizations chosen to receive funds must:

  • Be private, not for profit agencies or units of government.
  • Have an accounting system.
  • Practice non-discrimination.
  • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.
  • Have an active volunteer board of directors.

About the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created with a $50 million federal appropriation under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1983. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter. The national 2013 appropriation of $113,805,031brings the total Emergency Food and Shelter Program distribution to more than $3.9 billion over the program’s 31-year history.

Jurisdictions/areas that qualified for funding awards under Phase 31 were selected according to one of the following thresholds:

  • Jurisdictions with 300 or more unemployed and a 9.8% rate of unemployment.
  • Jurisdictions with 300 or more unemployed and a 16.3% rate of poverty.

About United Way

United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

United Way of Cumberland County strives to advance the common good by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: education, income, and health. At United Way, we recognize that lasting changes are achieved by addressing the underlying causes of problems. United Way partners with other nonprofit agencies to improve lives right here in Cumberland County.

Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

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United Way of Cumberland County and Partners Host Homeless and Hunger Stand Down

United Way - VFW 6018 111 United Way - VFW 6018 121 United Way - VFW 6018 127 United Way - VFW 6018 142 United Way - VFW 6018 149 United Way - VFW 6018 157United Way of Cumberland County (UWCC) and community partners will host the 4th Annual Homeless and Hunger Stand Down from 9 am to 2 pm on November 15, 2013. The Stand Down, held at V.F.W. Post 6018 on 116 Chance Street in Fayetteville, is the largest one-day community event to focus on feeding the hungry and providing services to those in need in Cumberland County. In 2012, more than 800 residents and veterans were served. Event organizers hope to feed more than 1,000 this year.

Local organizations and non profits will bring information and resources to help individuals rebuild their lives. Agency booths will be set up for participants to obtain information on prescription assistance, medical and dental assistance, child care, housing, identification services, job placement, educational opportunities, and VA assistance. Walgreens will also be administering free flu shots. After completing the round of information booths, participants are invited to a free lunch and offered a free haircut.

Fayetteville Area System of Transit (FAST) will offer free transportation from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm to and from the event.

The Stand Down is organized by the Homeless and Hunger Stand Down Committee, Fayetteville Urban Ministry, Operation Blessing, Hope for Our Homeless, The Piece Digital Magazine, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast NC, Beasley Broadcast Group, 107.7 FM, The Salvation Army, VFW, City of Fayetteville, Stedman-Wade Health Care, NC Dept. of Commerce-JobLink, and UWCC.

Volunteer opportunities are available.

Please contact Crystal Moore-McNair, Community Impact Director, UWCC, at 483-1179 for more information and to drop off donations of blankets, rain coats, umbrellas, sleeping bags, gloves, hygiene products and other items. Non perishable food donations are being accepted by Second Harvest Food Bank.

About United Way
United Way of Cumberland County strives to advance the common good by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: education, income, and health. UWCC’s 102 locally funded programs and services provided assistance to 251,772 individuals and families including over 123,928 military individuals and families in 2012. At United Way, we recognize that lasting changes are achieved by addressing the underlying causes of problems. United Way partners with other nonprofit agencies to improve lives right here in Cumberland County.

Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

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UWCC Announces New Staff Member

 

October 1, 2013                                                           

 

United Way Announces New Staff Member

Joe Callis joins the United Way of Cumberland County (UWCC) as the new Resource Development Director. Joe will be responsible for building the resources for the UWCC, enhancing its Loaned Executive program, overseeing the UWCC campaigns, coordinating community grants and working with the UWCC’s Marquis Society.

Joe brings more than 20 years of experience in resource development and management to UWCC. He serves as an ambassador for the Fayetteville Regional Chamber, is a member of the Hope Mills Chamber Board, and is looking forward to developing collaborative and effective relationships to further United Way’s mission in Cumberland County.

Call the United Way of Cumberland County at 910-483-1179 or go online to www.unitedway-cc.org to see how Cumberland County LIVES UNITED.

 

About United Way

United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

 

United Way of Cumberland County strives to advance the common good by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: education, income, and health. In 2012, UWCC’s 102 locally funded programs and services provided assistance to 251,772 individuals and families including over 123,928 military individuals and families.

Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

 

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2013 Impact Video and Testimonials

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Applications Available for Phase 31 Emergency Food & Shelter Program 2013 Funding Year

The Cumberland County Emergency Food & Shelter Program local board is now accepting applications for funding under Phase 31 of the 2013 Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP).

Click here to read the full request for funding proposal.

EFSP is a federal program that has been entrusted through the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (PL 100-77) “to supplement and expand existing programs that provide shelter, food, and supportive services to the homeless, hungry and at-risk families/individuals throughout the United States.”

The program is governed by a Local Board composed of representatives of the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities; National Council of the Churches; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities; United Way; a local government entity; an advocate for the homeless; and a representative from the Native American Community.  The Local Board must develop an application process and advertise the availability of funds.  Local private, nonprofit and/or government agencies providing shelter, food, and feeding services may apply.  The Local Board is responsible for assessing the needs of the community, considering all applications, and selecting which organizations will receive funds.  The United Way of Cumberland County is responsible for providing administrative support to the Local Board.

Eligible organizations must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Agencies must be a 501c3 nonprofit, private or government agency.
  • Agencies must have an existing emergency food and/or shelter program for the homeless & at-risk families/individuals. (EFSP funds must be used for expansion of existing services)
  • Agencies must have a checking account.  (Cash payments are not allowed under EFSP funding.)
  • Agencies must have an accounting system, operating budget or fiscal agent approved by the Local Board.
  • Agencies must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), (note:  contact local IRS office for more information on securing FEIN and the necessary form (SS-4) Web Site: www.irs.gov).
  • Agencies must have a DUNs Number, (note to obtain number register at www.grants.gov  which includes a step by step process for obtaining the number.
  • Conduct an independent annual audit if receiving $50,000 or more in EFSP funds; conduct an annual review if receiving $25,000 to $49,999 in EFSP funds;
  • Agencies must practice nondiscrimination in all aspects of its business.  (Those agencies with a religious affiliation wishing to participate in the program must not refuse services to an applicant based on religion or require attendance at religious services as a condition of assistance, nor will such groups engage in any religious proselytizing in any program receiving EFSP funds).
  • Agencies must maintain a diverse governing board of directors all of which are non-paid volunteers.
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United Way of Cumberland County Opens Campaign with Goal of $1.7 million

The 2013 Cumberland County United Way campaign opened with the stirring thunder of drums.

Event organizers hope it will close with the jingling of donations.

As the drum line from E.E. Smith High School thundered, United Way officials unveiled a community goal of $1.7 million.

Read the full story here.

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Congratulations to the Leadership Development Program Class of 2013

The Leadership Development Program’s Awards and Recognition Ceremony was held on Thursday, June 27 at Fayetteville Technical Community College.

Congratulations to the following Class of 2013:

Sylvia Adamczyk

Dorothy Adams

Catharin Bixler-Gartrell

Serina Britton

Andrea Broadnax

Tonesha Bryant

Kristina Chaney

Michael Colvin

Mary English

Brian Gaskell

Larissa Harris

Jean Johnson

Danielle Jones

Kristal Lamar

Arthur Lamar

Regina Mainor

Carole Mangum

Brittany McLaurin

Jasmine McNair

Teresa McNeill

Georgeanna Pinckney

Terri Rose

Kristyn Sanders

Evelyn Shaw

Vivian Suarez

Jennifer Taft

Anastasia Vann

Vanessa Vazquez

Ernest Vinson

June Vinson

Johina Williams

The MLDP was established to identify, train, and place minority leaders in volunteer leadership and policy-making roles within nonprofit agencies throughout Cumberland County. Graduates of the MLDP will be placed according to their interests and abilities, as well as board/committee needs. UWCC will also maintain a database of graduates for future placement. Of 221 total 2004-2012 graduates, 158 are currently volunteering and/or serving on boards and/or committees in Cumberland County.

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Postal Service and United Way Join Forces to Promote Literacy

FAYETTEVILLE, NC — The United States Postal Service and United Way of Cumberland County have joined together for some special deliveries over the past six years. Recently, Cumberland County Schools showed appreciation for the role postal carriers play in promoting …

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United Way of Cumberland County

222 Maiden Lane
Fayetteville NC 28301

Phone: (910) 483-1179

info@unitedway-cc.org

P.O. Box 303
Fayetteville NC 28302

Fax: (910) 483-5913