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 …

Why UWCFA – Connecting to the Community

This article is contributed by Ruth Ravitz-Smith, local nonprofit founder, leader and public affairs consultant.  Perhaps you relocated to the Cape Fear region over the past couple of years since you can now work from anywhere. Or you retired here from a major metropolitan area. Or maybe you have just throttled back from your 40+ hour a week job.   As …

Volunteer Spotlight: Billy Smith

About: Currently a Commercial – Middle Market Banker with First National Bank, Billy Smith is a career banker (only changing jobs once in his entire career) living in the Cape Fear Area since 1993. Around that same time, Billy was introduced to United Way through a workplace campaign and now continues to serve as a volunteer on multiple committees as …

4 Skills Kids Learn When They Read

How important is it for kids to learn to read and build strong literacy skills? Most experts agree it’s essential. Research shows: Literacy skills are vital because opening a book leads to so much more than reading. Books help kids develop new skills and abilities that help them in school and after graduation. Here are the four skills kids learn …

Volunteer Spotlight: Andrea Troccia

About:Andrea has been an active volunteer since moving to the Cape Fear Area and beginning work for Corning Credit Union (CCU) over 12 years ago. First introduced to the United Way through a workplace campaign, she continues to support our organization because she trusts us as a steward of donor dollars as well as our holistic approach to meeting the …

United Way of the Cape Fear Area Receives $603,000 Grant!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 5, 2022 CONTACT INFORMATION: Tommy Taylor Chief Executive Officer, United Way of the Cape Fear Area (910) 798-3900, x105, tommy.taylor@uwcfa.org OR Steve Moore Senior Community Service Employment Program Director (910) 798-3900, x108, steve.moore@uwcfa.org UNITED WAY OF THE CAPE FEAR AREA RECEIVES $603,000 GRANT Center for Workforce Inclusion awards workforce inclusion grant for older jobseekers 55+ WILMINGTON …

Port City Jerry Day concert raises over $13,000 for United Way of the Cape Fear Area

Release Date: August 24, 2022 Port City Jerry Day concert raises over $13,000 for United Way of the Cape Fear Area  WILMINGTON, NC. — The 4th Annual Port City Jerry Day benefit concert raised over $13,000 for United Way of the Cape Fear Area. Last Saturday, over 1,350 attended the celebration featuring Grateful Dead tribute bands The Garcia Project, from …