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Grant will help UNCF
students deal with recession
UNCF-the United Nfegro College Fund has
received u S5(K).(KX) grant from The Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation to support UNCF's Emergency
Student Aid Campaign, an initiative to help thousands
of recession -impacted students at UNCF colleges,
graduate from college. Mellon has committed
immeuiateiy 10 tne
campaign. The second halt ot
the Mellon donation is a dollar
tor-dollar challenge grant,
which will match contributions
to the Emergency Student Aid
Campaign up to $250,000
through December 1 . 2(XW.
"The Mellon. Foundation
challenge grant is both a gener
ous contribution to some of our
most vulnerable students and a
wise investment in their future
and in the national economy," said Michael L. Lomax.
UNCF president-and CEO. "Job loss and pay cuts
have sharply reduced their families* ability to con
tribute to their education, and the credit crunch has
squeezed student loans off the market. And as badly as
they need help to finish college and graduate, the
country needs the teachers, scientists, business leaders
and public servants these students will become. The
Mellon Foundation challenge grant and the
Emergency Student Aid Campaign are for them."
The Emergency Student Aid Campaign kicked off
in Marv'h at UNCF's 65th. Anniversary . Dinner with -a
$1 .(XX).(XX) commitment from ExxonMobil. To date,
the campaign has raised $2,354,824 and has helped
more than I J(X) seniors pay their unpaid balances and
graduate. UNCF expects to raise a total of $5 million
through individual, corporate and foundation dona
tions in order to help students stay in school and grad
To make a donation, visit www.UNCF.org and
click on Emergency Student Aid or call 1-800-332
UNCF (8623) to help keep kids in college.
Local men named to PICA board
Forsyth County's A1 Hutchison, of Hutchison
Allgood. and Phil Kelley Jr.. of Salem Printing, are
among the members of the
2009-2010 board of directors of
the Printing Industry of the
Carolina*. Inc. (PICA).
Hutchison is the immediate
past chairman: Kelley is the
board's Area 3 director for the
Triad. Ralph C. Moore of
Commercial Printing Company
in Raleigh is the chairman of the
PICA's mission is to protect
and promote the common inter
est of the printing industry: and
to help its members prosper,
both individually and collective
ly. through fellowship, educa
tion and cooperative action.
PICA is a trade association
representing the graphic com
munications industry in North
and South Carolina. North
Carolina ranks as the 14th
largest state print market in the
United States with $4.0 billion
in sales. 975 total printing establishments anil IbJZX
employees. Headquartered in Charlotte. PICA has
been serv ing the print industry for over 75 years.
Home sales rebounding
WASHINGTON (AP)- New home sales rose
last month at the fastest elip in more than eight years
as buyers eagerly took advantage of bargain prices ?
a clear sign, economists said, that the real estate mar
ket may finally be bouncing back.
Historically low interest rates and a federal tax
credit for first-time homeowners also helped push
home sales to their highest level since November, the
Commerce Department reported Monday.
While home prices are still falling around the
country, sales have now risen for three months in a
row. Construction of new homes is at the busiest level
since last fall. And home resales rose in June for the
third straight month.
Scott named to board
North Carolina A&T State University's Dr. Mable
Springfield Scott is one of the newest additions to The
Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro's
board of directors.
Scott, who serves as the spe
cial assistant to Ific vice chan
cellor for Development and
University Relations, will serve
on the Marketing Committee,
which is charged with providing
expert input on ways to best
communicate tivthe community
what The Community
Foundation is and how resi
dents can help make
Greensboro a better place by
giving back through permanent
The Community Foundation 's hoard of directors is
a diverse body consisting of 34 members who serve
three-year terms. The Foundation is a charitable
organization dedicated to strengthening the communi
ty for present and future generations.
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The ECHO Council has hired its
first executive director.
Natasha Gore takes the position
after spending the last three years at
Smart Start of Forsyth County, where
she led communications, development
and outreach efforts.
The ECHO ^Everyone Can Help,
Out) Council was established by the
Winston-Salem Foundation in 2003 as a
part of its social-capital -building
efforts. The Council works to build
enriching, trusting and long-lasting
among the eity's
One of the
Story Line, fea
tures a mobile
recording unft lo
collect and share
stories of every
day people in the
community. Another emerging pro
gram, Timebanking. is a system that
connects unmet needs with untapped
resources by allowing community
members to exchange their skill for the
use of another.
As executive director. Gore is
responsible for expanding the Council's
presence in Forsyth County as well as
overseeing its programs.
"Natasha brings to the Council a
valuable mix of skills in the areas of
project management, strategic plan
ning, marketing and fundraising," said
Doug Easterling, who has provided
consulting services to the ECHO
Council since its inception. "The work
of the organization ? building bridges
across lines of difference and encourag
ing people to step beyond their custom
ary roles - requires an executive direc
tor who is able to connect effectively
w ith people throughout the community.
The ECHO Council is fortunate to have
someone with Natasha's knowledge,
experience and dedication."
For more information about the
ECHO Council visit
www. wsfoundation.org/ leadership-ini
Bennett College Photo*
Institute participants along with guest speakers, sponsors and program interns.
Girls learn entrepreneurial
spirit at Bennett College
CHRONIC! I SIAIf Kl I'ORI
Bennett College for
Women recently hosted its
Institute tor Young Women.
"The event, sponsored by
McDonald's East Division, is
the brainchild of Bennett
President Julianne Malveaux
and is one of the highlights of
her young administration.
Eighteen young women
from North Carolina,
Arkansas, Georgia and
Maryland were selected to
participate in the one-week
Institute, where they learned
gained marketing techniques
and enhanced their network
The Institute ended with
the girls taking part in a busi
ness plan competition. Aryn
Manson won the first-place
cash award of $7$0; Jada
Powell won second place and
a $500 prize; third-place win
ner Aesha McCoy won $250.
The other participants were:
Akua Adu-Nyako. Deyin A.
Brunsort, Andrea Cole. Elisia
T. Farrar. Shannon N.
Graham, Jasmin J. Graves,
Monique Jackson, Megan
Jeffries, Mahogany Manory
Candace McCray, Kiara I.
McNair, Brittarty Moody,
From left: McDonald's James and Debra Smith with win
ners Aesha McCoy (3rd place}, Aryn Manson (1st place)
and Jada Powell ( 2nd place), along with Rhonda Hutler
and Eric Cole, executive directors of the Institute.
Christian Petty and Charlesa
Ursula Dudley Oglesby of
Dudley Products was the fea
tured speaker at the luncheon
and awards program.
Sponsors James and Debra
Smith, who have owned and
operated McDonald's restau
rants since 1984. were also on
hand to present the winners
with their awards. The girls
also received advice from
Malveaux, a nationally-noted
economist, and several other
including Adrian and Debra
Smith of McDonald's:
Michael Brunson of
Executax'N Fax; Kimberly
B r o w n o f
Gourment Sweet Tea: Tammy
McNeil-Rankin of N'Spired
Business Solutions: and
Cassandra Johnson of
Destined to Be Great. LLC.
Eaeh young woman left
the Institute with a plaque and
gift bag containing Business
Plan Pro Software, a USB
Drive, a Business Portfolio,
an Executive Pen. an
Oxford Shirt and several
items donated by local area
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PRNewsFoio/Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Dozens of members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America from across the nation gath
er in Atlanta recently. Microsoft provided the youngsters with free trips to the city for
the Boys & Girls Clubs National Club Tech Digital Arts Festivals, where some of the
country's most creative and tech-savvy kids honed their skills.
Movement asks: God gets 10 percent, why not banks?
CHRONICLE STAFF REPORT
The grassroots social
CHANGE has signed on to a
national campaign to rein
state national usury laws cap
ping interest rates at 10 per
banks have been exempt
from such interest rates caps
for nearly three decades.
CHANGE and several other
similar organizations repre
senting other North Carolina
cities announced the cam
paign last week in Durham.
The details of a theological
report on the current econom
ic crisis was also released.
The research that
spawned the report was con
ducted by religious leaders in
hopes of getting the church
leaders to take part in the
"First, the development
and release of this theologi
cal paper will provide our
religious institutions a theo
logical basis for our cam
paign to cap interest rates on
lenders of all shapes anc
sizes," said the Rev. Michae
Broadway of Shaw
University Divinity Schoo
and one of the co-authors ol
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Store will offer
Dollar General store
relocating to larger building
CHRONK II STAFF REPORT
Winston-Salem's newest Dollar
General store will have its grand
opening on Saturday. Aug. 1 .
When the store - at 4227 North
Patterson Ave. - opens at 8 a.m.. the
first 50 shoppers will receive a $10
gift card. The first 200 shoppers will
receive a Dollar General tote bag.
There will be other giveaways as
The store replaces a smaller
Dollar General store in the area The
new store has 9,014-square-feet of
shopping space arid features a layout
designed to make shopping easier
and simpler for customers. The new
store will employ up to 10 people.
The Goodlettsville, Tenn. -based
chain has developed a loyal, customer
base by providing an array of nation
al and private food brands, house
wares, seasonal items, cleaning sup
plies, basic apparel and health and
beauty care products at reasonable
prices. The store touts that about 25
percent of its merchandise is sold for
a $1 or less.
One of the ways that Dollar
General gives back is through its
long-standing efforts to fight illitera
cy. In 1 993 . the company founded the
Dollar General Literacy Foundation,
which has awarded more than $33.4
million in grants to nonprofit organi
zations. helping more than 1.5 mil
lion individuals take their first steps
toward literacy or continued educa