Volume 12, Issue 12| December 2019
The Nonprofit Connection
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Greetings!

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I blinked and suddenly here we are at the end of 2019! In addition to saying farewell to 2019 soon, I will also be saying goodbye to HandsOn NWNC’s board after eight years of service. I remember early on being paired with Chuck Kraft, who was board chair at the time, to make sure I felt welcomed and supported during my first year on the board (thank you so much, Chuck!), and I have continued to feel valued and heard throughout my years on the board. During my board service, I have had the honor of witnessing the incredible impact HandsOn NWNC has had on our local nonprofit community with its vast array of capacity-building and volunteer offerings . It truly is incredible what this organization accomplishes each and every day with such a small but mighty staff and dedicated board. Overall, I have learned so many best practices for nonprofit boards from HandsOn and a lot about myself during my board service, but most importantly I will take away with me the incredible feeling of what it is like to serve on a board of an organization that consistently works to create a culture of belonging. HandsOn NWNC was one of the first boards I ever served on, and I cannot begin to thank Amy, her staff, and all of my fellow board members for making my time on the board one of my most fulfilling volunteer experiences to-date.

I could go on and on about how I feel about HandsOn, but let’s get to the good stuff—HandsOn NWNC's December news and events! HandsOn staff has been working with Forsyth Futures and the Forsyth County Complete Count Committee on a nonprofit gathering to discuss nonprofits’ role in ensuring a complete count for Census 2020 . The event will be held Monday, December 16 th from 1 pm to 3 pm at Goodwill and is being co-sponsored by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, and The Winston-Salem Foundation. I have registered myself and hope to see many of you there to learn more about what we can all do to ensure a complete count. Also in December, HandsOn will be hosting a joint information session to discuss two tools it provides for volunteer recognition and recruitment: GetConnected and our Governor's Volunteer Service Awards . Please be sure to learn more about these offerings and register below. Lastly, to ensure you stay up-to-date on all things HandsOn NWNC, be sure to follow us on Facebook , Twitter , and our NEW Instagram and LinkedIn pages!

This time of year can feel so rushed. I hope that all of you find time to slow down, reflect, and enjoy the season.

Wishing you all of the best and a Happy New Year on behalf of HandsOn NWNC,

Dree

Andrea Hulighan
Immediate Past Chair, Board of Directors
HandsOn NWNC

Director, Strategic Initiatives
The Winston-Salem Foundation


Ed note: We've been honored by Andrea's service to HandsOn, and will be very sad to see her rotate off the board. Her 2017 and 2018 tenure as board chair included presiding over our 10th Anniversary celebrations, Amy's broken hip, as well as Amy's three-month sabbatical--momentous occasions that benefited from Andrea's strong leadership as chair. Are you interested in sharing your love of HandsOn with our network in a guest column? Then please let Amy know !
2019-2020 Nonprofit Essentials:
Human Resources
Thursday, December 12th, Noon to 4:30 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem--
3rd floor, Neill Board Room
( see map )

We all know that the most important asset of any nonprofit organization is its people--both staff and volunteers. This course will address key topics such as: recruitment, retention, development, and evaluation of board members, staff and volunteers; the importance of diversity in the nonprofit workforce; and how to create a motivating and rewarding work environment.  

The class is taught by Abby Monclova , who has over 14 years of experience in management, recruiting, personnel relations, training, and relationship building, much of it in the nonprofit sector. Abby currently works at Crossnore School and Children's Home as the Director of Human Resources and is a Past President of the Winston-Salem Society for Human Resource Management. 

COST: $50 for Supporting Partners; $60 for all others
Supporting Partners can register for the entire 10-class series for just $450 ($550 for all others), and you can begin the series with any class. Cost includes a hot networking lunch and extensive take-home materials.


(PLEASE NOTE: There are *extremely limited* spaces available for all of our 2019-2020 NPE classes. As a class is filled, those registering to take just a single class may be put on a waitlist.)
Are You Ready to Make Sure that Every One is Counted?
Monday, December 16th, 1 pm to 3 pm
Location: Goodwill Industries, University Parkway

Did you know that Census data informs the allocation of $675 billion federal dollars every year? NC Counts estimates that communities loose about $16,000 in funding over ten years for every resident missed . Some of the clients served by your nonprofit may be at risk of being uncounted, which can affect how much money the Forsyth County community receives to support the health, transportation, education, and housing needs of its residents. Nonprofits have a vital role to play in reaching out to traditionally under-counted groups.

Together with the rest of the Forsyth County Complete Count Committee, including our friends at Forsyth Futures , The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust , the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation , and The Winston-Salem Foundation , HandsOn NWNC invites you to come be a part of the conversation around helping you make sure that everyone counts:
  • learn how the Census affects nonprofit work
  • learn about easy ways that your organization can help make sure your clients count
  • learn about funding available to support your efforts to make sure everyone counts

The meeting will be held at Goodwill Industries of NWNC  on Monday, December 16th from 1:00-3:00 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

COST: FREE! But space is limited, so registration is required.

2019-2020 Nonprofit Essentials:
Working With Leaders in Grassroots Communities
Thursday, January 16th, Noon to 4:30 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem--3rd floor, Neill Board Room
( see map )

As the sector becomes more focused on collective impact, place-based initiatives, and asset-based community development in general, the ability to work with folks from all neighborhoods and with diverse life experiences has become crucial to the success of individual nonprofits. This class provides a basis for engaging in mission-focused work from an asset-based and community-driven framework.  The class is taught by Paula McCoy , a Coach/Consultant with HIGOL , and retired Executive Director of Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods.

COST: $50 for Supporting Partners; $60 for all others
Supporting Partners can register for the entire 10-class series for just $450 ($550 for all others), and you can begin the series with any class. Cost includes a hot networking lunch and extensive take-home materials.


(PLEASE NOTE: There are *extremely limited* spaces available for all of our 2019-2020 NPE classes. As a class is filled, those registering to take just a single class may be put on a waitlist.)
Get Ready for 11th Annual 2020 MLK Day Read-In Event!
Saturday, January 25th, 10:00 am to 1:00pm
Location: Winston-Salem State University, Reaves Center

For more than a decade, HandsOn NWNC has partnered with Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest University, and other local colleges and community partners to present the community-wide Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service Read-In. In 2020, the event (which rotates between WFU and WSSU) will be held on January 25, 2020, from 10am-1pm at Winston-Salem State University's Donald Julian Reaves Center.

This is the 11th annual MLK Read-In, which celebrates the legacy of MLK by promoting social justice education and literacy. Volunteers from WSSU, WFU, UNCSA, and Salem College all participate in this event either as activity station leaders or as reading buddies. Reading buddies are paired with local children, ages 4-11, and experience various activity booths together as a team. The highlight and namesake of the event is the reading station, where the reading buddies read to their child. Each participating child goes home with an age-appropriate civil-rights themed books, in either English or Spanish.

Do you parent or work with youth that might want to participate? Parents and guardians can drop off their children (ages 4-11) at the event, but we would prefer that you  register your child beforehand using this youth registration form.   (The form is also available in Spanish.) This is especially important if you are planning on bringing a group of children to participate, so that we can recruit an accurate number of volunteers.

Want to volunteer? Due to limited availability, we are currently only recruiting college undergraduate or graduate students to serve as reading buddies. However, i ndividuals and other groups can support the event by donating books which will be read and distributed during the event. You can drop off gently used children's books in English or Spanish at Wake Forest University's Office of Civic and Community Engagement (Benson 503).

Have more questions about how you can get involved? Contact Julia Ough for more details!
Information Session:
Project Blueprint 2020
Wednesday, January 29th, Noon to 1:00 pm
Location: 751 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem--3rd floor ( see map )

Applications will soon be open for  Project Blueprint, one of our signature, equity-focused leadership programs designed to facilitate members of underrepresented groups to serve on nonprofit boards and committees. (If you are not a white male over 50, then this includes you!) Project Blueprint is a series of training sessions that provide an overview of the role and operations of nonprofit boards to help you develop the skills needed to become a successful board member, and culminates in one of our "Speed Dating" sessions with local nonprofits (shown above.) We've made significant changes to the program for 2020, and this session will introduce you to how we've made participation easier than ever! We hope you will plan to come, bring a friend, and share widely within your networks.

COST: FREE! We'll provide drinks and a snack; you are welcome to bring your own lunch (microwave available.)
Don't Put Off Nominating a Volunteer for the 2020 Forsyth County Governor's Volunteer Service Awards!
Sponsorships & Nominations Are Now Being Accepted!
As we announced last month, our 2020 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards breakfast will be held the morning of APRIL 28th at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Conference Center. We're excited that Novant Health has signed on as both our Premier Sponsor and host for the breakfast! Want to join them as a sponsor? We'd love to have you as either an event or table sponsor. (Individual tickets will go on sale this month.) We hope that you will go ahead and hold that date on your calendars NOW.

And, now that we've got you thinking about the breakfast, don't you want YOUR favorite volunteer to be recognized at that breakfast? We're excited that the Governor's Office has released the 2020 nomination form and it is now live on their website! All online applications that originate in Forsyth County will be forwarded to us here at HandsOn, where a volunteer committee will read, review, and make the selection of our category winners to be announced at the breakfast. While there are PDF and Word versions of the application available, we hope everyone will make the much easier choice and use the online form!


Want to learn more about the process and how to submit a successful nomination? Brittney is hosting a 2020 GVSA training session at the Winston-Salem Foundation on 12/19 from NOON-1PM. She will answer any questions you might have and go into detail on Forsyth County and state rules and regulations. Can't make either of these two sessions? No worries--more sessions will be offered in January; follow our social media pages for when they are announced. Please register below or just come!  F eel to bring your lunch and we'll supply the drinks and the chocolate. (Remember that Julia will also be hosting a GetConnected training session as soon as we finish (1-2 pm), so you could even knock two sessions out at one time!)


Funding Opportunities
American Honda Foundation Offering STEM Grants The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. They support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. All 501(c)3 charities with a focus on y outh education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy are eligible to apply. Organizations may only submit one request in a 12-month period. This includes colleges and universities with several departments/outreach programs. Typical grants range from $20,000 to $75,000 for a one-year period. To determine if your program/project meets the qualifications for consideration, take the   Eligibility Quiz   and begin the online application process. The next deadline for new organizations to apply is February 1st!
Employment Opportunities
Crosby Scholars, Director of Development Crosby Scholars , which works to assist public middle and high school students in Forsyth County in preparing themselves for successful college enrollment, is looking for a new Director of Development. This full-time, salaried position will: develop and implement a strategy for raising funding for the organization; be the primary point of contact for the 2021 Campaign working towards a $7 million goal; and, in conjunction with the Development Committee, create and execute the annual development plan, which includes the Crosby Scholars Invitational Golf Tournament, personal solicitations, and grant writing. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who uses data to drive informed decisions for the team. For more details, please see the full position description on their website . To apply, submit a resume to the attention of Mona Lovett , President and CEO, Crosby Scholars Program. The goal is to have the position filled by early 2020.
Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust, Executive Vice President of Administration and Programs The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust , a HandsOn Funding Partner , has an exciting and newly added opportunity for an Executive Vice President of Programs & Administration. In this leadership role, you will have the opportunity to work with the President directing the daily operations of the Trust to meet the strategic vision and mission. If you are an engaged leader who believes in the importance of growing your team members while living out the mission on a daily basis, then they want to talk to you! For a full position description, please visit their website . The Trust has engaged myHR Partner to manage the hiring process. Applicants who meet the initial qualifications will be contacted for a video interview. All applicants can check the status of their application by logging on to the myHR Partner web portal and logging on to your personal profile in the Job Postings area.
The Shepherd's Center of Greater Winston-Salem, Program Assistant The Shepherd's Center of Greater Winston-Salem has a position open for a Vital Living Senior Center Program Assistant. R esponsibilities include assisting the Program Director in coordinating program events and activities. Specific duties include assisting with day-to-day operations of the Vital Living Senior Center program, maintaining appropriate records for senior center certification and assisting with efforts to collaborate with community-based organizations in order to provide programming in off-site locations. Interested applicants should review the full position description and send a resume to Kristin Larson , Vital Living Program Director.
Humane Solution Spay-Neuter Program, Operations Manager Humane Solution is focused on the root cause of pet overpopulation by providing low-cost spay/neuter vouchers to the public. They are looking toward the day when euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets is no longer a reality in our community. Humane Solution is seeking a part-time Operations Manager to handle day-to-day operations. The Operations Manager should be knowledgeable about animal welfare issues and be familiar with animal welfare resources in Forsyth and surrounding counties. The ideal candidate would possess a passion for animals, attention to detail, great organizational skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to multi-task, and have some experience with event planning/fundraising. Familiarity with G-Suite computer software is required, and the ability to speak conversational Spanish is a plus. Interested candidates should review the full position description and submit a cover letter and resume to info@humanesolution.org by December 20th .
NC Counts Coalition, Administrative and Program Assistant The 2020 Census is less than a year away and preparations for the decennial count are well underway across North Carolina. The state-wide NC Counts Coalition seeks a full-time Administrative and Programs Assistant to support North Carolina’s efforts to make sure everyone is counted! This position will support NC Counts’ 2020 Census strategic plan, which includes, but is not limited to, support for the communication and outreach program, 'Get Out the Count' plan and development. The Administrative and Programs Assistant will report directly to the Executive Director and work closely with senior leadership and core partners. This is a full-time, non-exempt position expected to end on June 30, 2020, with salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Review the full position description for more details.
NEWS FROM AROUND OUR NETWORK!
HandsOn and Second Harvest Food Bank Mourn The Passing of Long-Time Friend and Colleague, Harriet Rhodes

HandsOn had the pleasure and honor of working with Harriett Rhodes for the entirety of our existence as an organization. The long-time (albeit recently retired) Volunteer Coordinator for Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC , Harriett had been a strong supporter of our mission, and, through her volunteer work with PRAVA , was one of the many community volunteer advocates that helped to bring HandsOn into being back in 2007. We were all saddened to learn of her death just before Thanksgiving.

Harriett was gracious, kind, and compassionate with all of her volunteers, encouraging to clients and other staff, and always had a smile and a hug for all of us at HandsOn. She was a delight to her colleagues at Second Harvest, and they, in their remembrance of her, stated, "If you were having a good day, she made it better. If you were having a bad day, she made it better. If you were hurting, she made it better. Everything Harriet did and everything she touched, she made it better."

We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Harriett made HandsOn NWNC better, and she will be deeply missed.



Wake Forest University's Office of Civic and Community Engagement Chosen for New AmeriCorps VISTA Recruiting Partnership!

Last month, the Corporation for National and Community Service announced that Wake Forest University has been chosen as just one of eight universities nationwide selected for a new AmeriCorps VISTA partnership designed to encourage participation in national service opportunities. As part of the partnership, OCCE will receive approximately $20,000 to onboard a part-time recruiter to work in partnership with  AmeriCorps VISTA  to increase awareness of service opportunities among the campus community and surrounding city. The recruiter will host information sessions on national service, promote service opportunities at events, and develop partnerships across their campuses and within the surrounding community. Participation in this AmeriCorps VISTA partnership will provide an opportunity for colleges to strengthen the civic engagement of college students and promote the transformative experience of national service, all while addressing poverty in the surrounding community. HandsOn has benefited for many years from the service of VISTA members and we're excited for our partners at Wake to take on this new national leadership role. If you are interested in more information, don't hesitate to reach out to Shelley Sizemore , WFU's Director of Community Partnerships, who is spearheading the program for OCCE, and who is also a HandsOn board member.


Enrichment Center Announces New Executive Director

The Enrichment Center has announced the hiring of Amy Myers Stevens as its Executive Director, effective November 21. Founded in 1983, The Enrichment Center strives to empower and enrich adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through its arts-based curriculum. The goal is to enable them to grow as individuals, live with dignity and have choices in how they fulfill their lives. 

A native of Yadkin County, Stevens worked for the past ten years with national nonprofits Sunrise Community based in Miami, FL and Mosaic based in Omaha, NE. Both organizations work to provide services to individuals with disabilities. Stevens describes herself as having the heart of a social worker and a head for operations. She is known for her ability to transform organizations and inspire staff, as well as manage calmly during a crisis. While in FL, she ran a make-shift shelter for 150 people with severe developmental disabilities during a lengthy post-hurricane power outage.  

“We are very excited about the energy and experience that Amy brings to The Enrichment Center,” said Patton Lowe, Chair of the Center’s board of directors. “The fact that she grew up near Winston-Salem and attended school just a few blocks away from the Center adds to our enthusiasm about having her join us in this leadership role.” Stevens replaces Valerie Vizena who retired earlier this year after 12 years as Executive Director. The Enrichment Center was assisted in its search by Capital Development Services , a Winston-Salem based fundraising and executive search firm.  
HANDSON NWNC IN THE NEWS!
"Ask Sam" Column Promotes Creative Ways to Volunteer on Thanksgiving!

We've long enjoyed a partnership with Tim Coldfelter, the writer of the "Ask Sam" column in the Winston-Salem Journal. A week before Thanksgiving, in response to a reader question, he passed along our ideas for more informal ways to give back over the holiday, since most of the already-limited number of formal opportunities are filled weeks, if not months, in advance. We highlighted many of these same suggestions in our November newsletter. You can read the full article here.


Winston-Salem Monthly Highlights Governor's Volunteer Service Award Winners as "Local Heroes"

After learning about just some of the stories that propelled the winners of our 2019 Governor's Volunteer Service Award winners, Winston-Salem Monthly approached us over the summer wanting to profile many of our winners in their "Local Heroes" section. Over the course of the past few months, they've highlighted quite a few of these inspiring volunteers. One of the first profiles, on Charles Poteat , who serves at Novant Medical Park Hospital, ran in the September issue, and Mike Collison and Frank Young of The Legendary Labelers were featured in the December issue (not yet available online.) Want to have one of your volunteers celebrated in this way in the future? The first step is to nominate them for a 2020 Governor's Volunteer Service Award!
NEWS YOU CAN USE!
Protect Your Website's URL from Hedge Fund Managers!

Most of us working in the nonprofit sector don't worry too much about the sometimes predatory practices of hedge funds, except when we hope to convert them into becoming big donors! But, right now, the way we go about doing our work could soon be at their mercy--in the form of increased pricing for our long-held .org domain names! Earlier this year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – the governing body overseeing the .org domain – removed price caps on domain names. The removal leaves nonprofits vulnerable to abrupt, unanticipated, and significant cost increases that we've never before had to face. In a move that is probably related to the possibility of charging more for these domain renewals, last month, the nonprofit Internet Society announced it had sold its ownership of the .org  Public Interest Registry to a private equity firm, Ethos Capital.
 
Have we lost you yet in this tale of nonprofit missions vs. venture capital? Ethos Capital could make as much as $750 million dollars from raising prices on our domain names--that's money that comes at the expense of our clients and our missions. We hope you will consider joining HandsOn and our friends at the NC Center for Nonprofits by signing onto a letter sent to the Internet Society urging them to rethink the sale. The letter can be found at SaveDotOrg.org . The National Council of Nonprofits has shared additional steps you can take to protect the sector going forward.



New White Paper Helps Volunteer Coordinators
Determine Proper Screening Level!

HandsOn NWNC's background screening partner, Sterling Volunteers, is providing all of our network access to their current whitepaper, To Screen or Not to Screen . This complimentary whitepaper covers the top 4 reasons organizations aren’t running volunteer background checks and why it’s important to reconsider:

·        #1: Screening is expensive – Enable volunteers to contribute towards their check, reducing your cost.
·        #2: “It’s not going to happen to us” – Background checks increase safety and reduce risk for everyone involved.
·        #3: Screening takes too long – Most background checks can be completed in under 24 hours.
·        #4: Screening deters volunteers – Research shows most volunteers view background checks positively.

Download your FREE copy today! (They will ask for your contact information.)
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