Recent projects include the following 2015 efforts:
United Guaranty Employees Tackle Home Repairs with Community Housing Solutions
Members of United Guaranty's Law Services department recently spent a day volunteering for Greensboro's Community Housing Solutions, which assists lower-income homeowners with repairs.
On a day when temperatures climbed into the upper 90s, nine United Guaranty volunteers did a host of repair projects at the home of Ms. Warnelia Lewis, 81, in Greensboro's Four Seasons neighborhood. The team painted, caulked areas around windows and doors, and removed an unsafe sidewalk area with a jackhammer the volunteers rented at their own expense.
Laura Berkstresser, the nonprofit organization's Community Engagement Coordinator, said, "Community Housing Solutions is very grateful for the help of the United Guaranty legal team. The homeowner could not wipe the smile off of her face all day!"
United Guaranty General Counsel Sara Millard serves on Community Housing Solutions' board and has volunteered on several projects. "What I've noticed is the work volunteers do inspires other neighbors to get out and work on their homes and yards as well."
The team included CHS's Kevin Walker and, from United Guaranty, Page Byrne, Leshia Litton, Monica Unwin, Ms. Lewis, Thomas Wolff, Jennifer Weinberg, Theresa Cameron, Jason Duff, Jennifer M. Bell, and Sara Millard. United Guaranty volunteers Elizabeth Collins and Cindy Brown are not in the photo.
United Guaranty Partners with Junior Achievement to Teach Local Elementary Students
United Guaranty recently partnered with Junior Achievement (JA) of Central North Carolina for a fun half day event called JA in a Day!
Junior Achievement is an economic education organization that provides volunteer-delivered K–12 programs that help students foster skills in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work-readiness. JA in a Day is a special event that provides businesses an opportunity to allot time off for their employees to deliver a program to benefit students.
United Guaranty volunteers delivered Junior Achievement's first- and second-grade program to 10 classrooms at Hunter Elementary School on April 30. Volunteers used Junior Achievement's program materials to talk to students and lead them in hands-on activities.
United Guaranty volunteers included Lynn Atkins, Shelby Brimmer, Cheryl Ellenwood, Gretchen Burton, Jeffrey Bleiberg, Cheryl Wiebe, Krystal McLean, Taylor Ashby, Rahul Kaikini, Sam Howard, John Gaines, Jagadish Rao, Carmen Wrenn, and Michelle Miles.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Left to right: Matt Crater, Adam Smith, Sallie Johnson, Hannah Johnson, Kelly Ryback, Berry Clifton, and Tomy Rhymond.
More than a dozen employees—including members of United Guaranty's Working Families ERG—volunteered with the Second Harvest Food Bank in Winston-Salem on May 14 and 15.
Second Harvest serves an 18-county area that includes Greensboro, supplying more than 400 partner food assistance programs. Second Harvest provided more than 25 million pounds of food in 2014 to more than 300,000 people, including 100,000 children.
Employee Resource Group's Contributions for Students Recognized
Left to right: Greg Graves, Natalia Graves, Mike Crewes, and Kesha Mangum-Graham
The Black Child Development Institute of Greensboro (BCDI) recently presented its 2015 Volunteer of the Year Group Award to United Guaranty's Black Professionals of NC. The Employee Resource Group organized two major campaigns in support of Cone Elementary School, which has a high concentration of students living below the poverty line. As a result of the ERG's support, more than 400 students began the school year with well-needed school supplies, according to BCDI, and a successful coat drive provided clean, well-fitting winter jackets to students who needed them. BCDI Executive Director Karen Thompson said, "Black Professionals of NC shone through as the top candidate for this award, not only through their donations, but in the consistency and support that was offered throughout the program year."
Greensboro Volunteer in the Park
Organized by the EEC, the first-ever Volunteer in the Park event enabled more than 200 United Guaranty employees and over 100 community participants to get details on volunteering from 25 participating non-profit agencies. The agencies had display areas in tents provided by United Guaranty and other sponsors.
In addition to matching local agencies with volunteers, the mid-day event on September 11 featured prize drawings, food trucks, and fun activities. The event received extensive coverage on the news broadcasts of WFMY News 2 and WGHP Fox 8.
United Guaranty's Las Vegas office has informally adopted two local charities, Three Square and the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation. During 2014, a group of 12 employees joined with Three Square on multiple occasions to prepare hundreds of boxed meals for children and families in need. Nine employees in the Las Vegas office volunteer monthly at Goodie Two Shoes Foundation events where as many as 300 children (referred by schools and social service agencies) pick out a free pair of new shoes.
Leveraging a United Guaranty monetary donation, a team of employees have committed to helping feed 25 students at risk of hunger throughout the 2014-15 school year. The program works in conjunction with a local community group, Hands on Atlanta's Meals 4 Kids Backpack Program. More than two dozen volunteers get together once a month to fill 25 backpacks with food that is delivered to an Atlanta Title 1 school to distribute to the students that United Guaranty sponsors. Those students take the food in their backpacks home on Friday afternoons so they have meals for the weekend.
Habitat for Humanity Greensboro
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro held a Wall-Raising ceremony on September 18 to start construction of a single-story home co-sponsored by United Guaranty and Gilbarco Veeder-Root.
The Wall-Raising and Dedication ceremony was the first of about a dozen United Guaranty Build Days extending through late December. Several Build Days will be shared with co-sponsor Gilbarco Veeder-Root of Greensboro, which teamed with United Guaranty on a house the two companies completed in March.
United Guaranty built its first Habitat home in Greensboro in 2003. Over the past 11 years, United Guaranty also contributed to several other Habitat houses, including a five-bedroom, two-story home that was purchased in March by a family that had emigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam in 2008.
Women's Resource Center of Greensboro
Sixteen Women & Allies ERG volunteers helped out during a October 11 Men Can Cook fundraiser benefiting the Women's Resource Center of Greensboro, an organization dedicated to promoting the self-reliance of women with programs that include everything from coping with family problems to returning to work or starting a business. Women & Allies also held a book drive and donated more than 150 titles to update the library of the Women's Center.
School Supplies and Food
Responding to a call from United Way and allied organizations to help low-income children, the Black Professionals of NC organized a drive to collect food and school supplies. United Guaranty employees contributed 479 pounds of food and more than $1,200 in cash in October that was distributed to students at Wiley Elementary School and Cone Elementary School. Employees also donated 65 jackets and coats, including outerwear for infants, school-age children, and homeless adults.
The Black Professionals of NC donated $688 to Teens Downtown earlier this year to help provide social and creative opportunities for youth in downtown Greensboro. The organization was created by The Community Theater of Greensboro together with officials from the city, the Youth Pastor's Association, the University of North Carolina–Greensboro Art Department, and other groups.
For additional information about United Guaranty's Community Giving program, contact UGC:jo.fleischer. Please note: United Guaranty's contributions are directed by employees—and the company cannot accept unsolicited funding requests.