How You Give Matters: Help Individuals Move from Crisis to Stability

By Tommy Taylor The City of Wilmington and the United Way of the Cape Fear Area (United Way) have partnered to launch the “Better Way to Give” initiative (wilmingtonnc.gov/betterway). This initiative offers community members a comprehensive and compassionate alternative to giving directly to individuals who solicit money in public places by instead directing gifts to service providers that help these …

Awardees of County’s Nonprofit Capacity Building grants announced

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Twenty-four local nonprofit organizations have been awarded grants through New Hanover County’s newly-established Nonprofit Capacity Building Grant Program. These grants are part of the county’s community building and investing initiatives aimed at supporting area nonprofit organizations that focus on preventing violence and provide wrap-around services in response to violence. Through a partnership with the United …

Celebrating Steve Moore, Program Manager for SCSEP

As we celebrate Steve Moore’s four-year work anniversary as Program Manager for United Way’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), we want to take a moment to reflect on his contributions to our organization and his dedication to helping older adults in our community find employment and training opportunities. Steve’s journey to this role is unique. He started his career …

The Unexpected Opportunity: My Journey as an Interim Relationship Development Director

As an interim professional, taking on a new role can be daunting, especially when faced with uncertainty of relocating or embarking on a new career path. However, as I recently discovered in my role as the Interim Relationship Development Director at United Way of the Cape Fear Area, sometimes it’s the unexpected opportunities that can lead to the most rewarding …

Extraordinary 76-year-old Helps After Disasters

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — To hear Lee Dixon tell it, he’s just a retired guy who wants to give back to the community.  But the people he helps tell a different story. Jennifer and Jesse Osborne were flooded out of their mobile home in Winnabow, NC in 2018 by hurricane Florence. After staying with friends for two years, they tried …

Celebrating Angela Fernot: A Year as Outreach Coordinator at UWCFA

It’s not every day that you come across someone as passionate and dedicated as Angela Fernot, our Outreach Coordinator. Her unwavering commitment to building strong relationships with the community and fostering a culture of service has made her a standout member of the UWCFA team. As we celebrate Angela and her contributions to the organization, let’s take a closer look …

Nine Things You Didn’t Know About 211

Everyone knows about 9-1-1. But fewer people know about 211, the nationwide service for non-emergency life challenges. The kind everyone faces at some point in their lives, when you have no idea where to turn but sure could use some extra help. Funded in part by local United Ways, 211 is a vital service that connects millions of people each …

Volunteer Spotlight: Ruth Ravitz Smith

Ruth Ravitz Smith is a local nonprofit founder and leader, public affairs consultant, and mentor who actively serves as a member of both the UWCFA Board of Directors and the Campaign Cabinet. In her true servant leadership style, Ruth also serves as the board liaison for the newly relaunched Retire United initiative. Ruth is an avid golfer (she met her …

Welcoming Yvette ‘Yvie’ Dickson: Our New Job Developer for SCSEP

The United Way of the Cape Fear Area is excited and proud to announce the addition of a new staff member who will be supporting its Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Yvette “Yvie” Dickson, of Leland, is new to the Cape Fear area after moving from Albany, N.Y., where she worked with New York state government for 20 years …

Nonprofits encouraged to apply for the county’s Capacity Building Grants, take part in info sessions

As part of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners ongoing community building and investment efforts, local nonprofit organizations with a focus on preventing violence and providing wrap-around services can apply for grant funds through the county’s Capacity Building Initiative beginning December 16 through January 16. New Hanover County is partnering with the United Way of the Cape Fear Area …