"United Way of Forsyth County" Archive

SAC updates: January 2021

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The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) shared news about upcoming Wake Forest University events and workshops for faculty and staff, including:

  • The 2020 WakeUnited Campaign
  • D.E.A.C. (Developing Empowering, Affirming Communities) Allies workshops, offered by the LGBTQ+ Center
  • R.I.D.E. (Realizing Inclusion, Equity and Diversity) workshops, presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Wellness and movement programs, offered by the Office of Wellbeing
  • The WFU Healthy Weight for You program, offered by HELPS

View highlights below, and visit the SAC website to read the full newsletter.

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A message of thanks from the United Way Campaign

Sent on behalf of President Hatch and Brad Shugoll (Campaign Chair)

Today, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our campus community. Collectively through your efforts, we raised $256,334 for our 2020 United Way campaign. This total speaks to your generosity even amidst hardship. Thank you for rising to this moment and answering the call. We know that these donations are just a part of what you have contributed to our community over the past several months. Thank you for all you have done as volunteers, donors and civic leaders. 

We know that you will continue to support our community in myriad ways, both personally and professionally. We hope you will consider staying connected with the United Way year-round. If you, your team or your department are interested in being more involved by volunteering or better understanding the impact of your donations, don’t hesitate to reach out to Leigh Schumacher (leigh.schumacher@nulluwforsyth.org), director of donor relations for United Way of Forsyth County. 

With gratitude, 

Nathan O. Hatch

Brad Shugoll
Wake United Campaign Chair 

2020 Wake United Campaign Cabinet

Erica Still, Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion, & Associate Professor of English
Mary Pugel, Chief of Staff, Office of the President, President’s Office Liaison
John Shenette, Vice President, Facilities and Campus Services
Denise Griggs, Assistant to the Dean of the College
Leigh Stanfield, Executive Director for Global Engagement & Administration
Kathleen O’Rourke, Recruiter, Recruitment & Strategic Communications
John Turner, Director of Development, University of Advancement
Richella Allen, Service Desk Specialist, School of Business
Ashley Wechter, Assistant Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Development
Dexter Sharp, Associate Director, Leadership Initiatives, Office of Student Engagement

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A message from President Hatch announcing United Way 2020 Campaign launch

A message from President Hatch to faculty and staff:

Dear Wake Forest Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you healthy and coping as well as possible with the many emotions and stress that we live with these days. I remain grateful for the response all Wake Foresters have demonstrated over past months as we have navigated our current challenges. I am humbled by and proud of the ways our Wake Forest community continues to support the mission of this place, whether in the classroom, in administrative support offices, in our dining locations, among our groundskeeping and facilities operations, campus security and so many other functions. Thank you most sincerely.

I write you today regarding our annual United Way campaign. This year, perhaps more than ever, our community is experiencing new levels of hardship. COVID-19 has exposed much need throughout our local community while many chronic inequities continue to exist for far too many. The issues and the need – whether for housing, food, health care, employment, mental health services, childcare – are real for many of our friends and neighbors. The work of United Way in coordinating efficient and effective response to community need remains a model that works. Our local United Way has been remarkably successful in addressing need and actually moving the needle toward response and solutions.

I ask you to take a few minutes to view my short video message for more information about United Way and our Wake Forest campaign. And then, I hope you will consider making your own gift to support the campaign, using the e-pledge link. If you prefer to use a paper form, please contact either our Brad Shugoll (shulgolbd@nullwfu.edu) or Mary Pugel (mpugel@nullwfu.edu) for assistance.

You can learn more about our local United Way here and our Wake Forest effort at unitedway.wfu.edu.

I remain deeply grateful for the generous support that Wake Forest has always shown to this effort. Thank you for your consideration.


Nathan O. Hatch

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A message from President Hatch announcing funds raised for the United Way

President Hatch emailed this message to faculty and staff on February 17:

Through the generosity of Wake Forest faculty, staff and retirees, I am happy to report that our 2019 campus-wide United Way effort raised $283,951 in pledges and direct gifts, with 607 donors.  My thanks to all who contributed to this annual campaign.  Each of these gifts – whether large or small – represents an investment in our local community that builds capacity and addresses human need, helping to build a community that allows each of us to flourish.  My sincere thanks to all.  I am proud of our Wake Forest community.

I especially want to recognize the leadership of the Campaign Cabinet:  Co-chairs Erica Still (Dean’s Office and English Department) and Brad Shugoll (Office of Civic and Community Engagement), and members Shandra Caputo (School of Business), Denise Griggs (College Dean’s Office), Kathleen O’Rourke (Human Resources), Eric Proctor (Human Resources), Mary Pugel (President’s Office), Leigh Stanfield (Global Affairs), and John Turner (Advancement).  Their time and commitment guided the campaign and they each served as spokespersons throughout our campus for the work of United Way in Winston-Salem and throughout Forsyth County.

United Way provides multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the year to support the needs of our community.  If you are interested in volunteering your time or your skills, you can contact United Way of Forsyth County directly:  https://www.forsythunitedway.org/resources-2/for-volunteers/.

Your interests, commitments and skills can make a difference.

Again, my thanks.

Nathan O. Hatch

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WakeUnited Campaign raises $350,000 to benefit United Way

The Wake Forest community successfully concluded the 2015 WakeUnited Campaign in December, raising $350,000 to benefit the United Way of Forsyth County. WakeUnited is the University’s annual campus campaign, which runs during the month of October each year.

The United Way brings together local organizations, agencies, and individuals to work together for the benefit of all in Forsyth County. Donations to the annual campaign support the United Way’s community-wide efforts to:

  • Raise the local high school graduation rate
  • Decrease chronic homelessness
  • Increase financial stability
  • Increase access to health care and quality of life

Individuals can also give to the non-profit, human service agency of their choice through United Way of Forsyth County. As well, this year the United Way unveiled its new “Place Matters” initiative, a resident-led initiative to target investments where they are most needed in our community.

This year’s WakeUnited Campaign featured a collaboration with the Pro Humanitate Institute and the Office of Wellbeing; together these offices helped to sponsor the 2016 Champion Challenge to encourage participation in the campaign. “Team Taylor,” comprised of staff from Facilities and Campus Services, blew the competition out of the water with over 90 percent participation in the campaign. Additionally, this year’s campaign featured weekly drawings for raffle prizes through the “16 in ’16” challenge; prizes were awarded to Emily Neese, Jessica Sheedy, Tim Pyatt, and the grand prize went to Patrick Sullivan. Congrats to all!

Allison McWilliams, director of mentoring and alumni personal and career development, and the chair of this year’s campaign, notes that the investment that Wake Forest staff and faculty make each year in the WakeUnited campaign extends beyond the actual dollars raised: “By supporting the United Way’s work in Forsyth County, we are acknowledging that Wake Forest does not just exist in this community, we are part of it. Its successes and challenges are ours, as well. I could not be more humbled by and grateful for the generosity of our colleagues at Wake Forest.”

The 2016 WakeUnited Campaign chair is Roger Beahm, professor of the practice in marketing and WestRock Executive Director, Center for Retail Innovation. For more information about the WakeUnited campaign, visit http://unitedway.wfu.edu.

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