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United Way of the Greater Triangle Expands

Assistance with health insurance premiums for low-income residents in Durham and Orange Counties

Contact: Melanie Davis-Jones, 919-463-5030,

MORRISVILLE, NC (November 9, 2015) – United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) announced the extension of the program to help low income families and individuals pay for health insurance premiums, called, piloted in Durham County in 2014.  The program will now be available in Orange County as well as Durham. Target populations will be based on economic status, not health conditions.

“Access to healthcare is a fundamental basic need and reflects one of the core impact areas of our organization,” said Mack Koonce, President and CEO of UWGT. “For families that live at or just above the poverty level, health insurance can be out of reach even with the federal subsidies that come with the Affordable Care Act. For qualified enrollees, this program will reduce their monthly premium costs to zero, positively impacting both the adults and children.” will cover the balance of the health insurance premium, the amount due after the federal subsidy, for Durham and Orange County residents whose annual income is between 100 and 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Level or between $24,250.00 and $42,437.50 for a family of four.  Currently, five Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Silver-Level plans offered through the North Carolina Health Insurance Marketplace at are part of the program.

“This new program will make an important difference in the lives of uninsured people in Orange County, particularly those in the two zones we have identified for targeted outreach through the Family Success Alliance. Access to healthcare is a vital component to a family’s well-being,” said Dr. Colleen Bridger, Orange County Health Director.

For the 2016 benefit year, $1.2 million of funding has been committed to the program.

The pilot program, launched on December 15, 2014, approved more than 180 individual applications, assisting approximately 300 people with obtaining and maintaining coverage. Half had been uninsured the previous year and more than 70% were first time enrollees on

United Way of the Greater Triangle is committed to serving the immediate basic needs of the community including access to health care as well as mobilizing the community toward solutions to some of our area’s most pressing issues.  This program address both of these goals while working to make the community healthier today and into the future.

Additional information is available at

Quick Facts

  • To qualify for this program, individuals must purchase a qualified plan from the Healthcare.Gov  website and select the advance tax credit before applying for
  • Availability is limited, based on funding sources, by county.
  • Premium support is provided for the 2016 benefit year.
  • Individuals that earn between 100 and 175 percent of federal poverty guidelines may be eligible for premium balance, after the federal subsidy, to be paid by the program.
  • is only available to residents of Durham and Orange Counties.
  • support is not available for insurance plans purchased through employers.
  • support is only available to those that fall within qualifying income range.
  • Payments on behalf of enrollees are considered charitable gifts and are not  taxable.
  • Only select Silver–Level insurance plans are available for this program.  A full list is available here.

About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)

By working with nonprofit partners, corporations, community and county leaders, along with thousands of volunteers and donors, United Way of the Greater Triangle is creating significant community change in Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties in North Carolina through an emphasis on achieving specific results and developing lasting solutions to some of our area’s most pressing issues.

Learn more about UWGT’s work at or find out about volunteer opportunities at

Collaboration in Action

We are excited to share the progress of our new direction. We will be following and reporting out through this newsletter the work of our Collaborative partners. Each edition, will highlight organizations that are collaborating to meet the needs of children and their families. Though now just at the beginning stages of development, in time, we expect to be able to demonstrate just how our focus of work is creating lasting opportunities and changes to those we serve. So be sure to check back each month.

Fostering Youth Opportunities

“One caring adult can make a difference in the life of these youth. With this collaboration, we’re creating a community of caring adults.” – Nancy Carter, Executive Director, Independent Living Resources

According to national estimates, approximately 20,000 children age out of foster care each year. In our community, Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake Counties, there are roughly 1,600 youth in foster care at any one point, with 70 aging out of the system each year. Typically between the ages of 18-21, youth exit the foster care system and enter a new phase of independence with little to no resources helping them assume adult responsibilities.

Research shows that young people in foster care are far more likely than their peers in the general population to face adversities such as poverty and unemployment. These young people also face challenging odds:

  • More than 1 in 5 will become homeless after age 18
  • Merely 58% will graduate high school by age 19, compared to 87% nationally
  • Fewer than 3% will earn a college degree by age 25, compared to 285 nationally
  • 1 in 4 will be incarcerated within 2 years of leaving the foster care system

We are working to change these outcomes through an integrated service delivery model that engages partners around specific, targeted young people.

Approach: Fostering Youth Opportunities (FYO) in Wake County was UWGT’s first investment toward this new approach. Beginning in March of 2014, we helped bring together four independent agencies to work holistically with youth aging out of foster care.

As our first Collaborative, FYO works intensively with 15 foster care youth to create a comprehensive and easily accessible support system built around improving their housing situation, finding employment by providing job-readiness skills, and giving them the financial management tools necessary to become independent adults.  Youth-centered and driven, all FYO programs are built on the construct that in order for young people to reach the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency, they must be the owners of the plan. Though directed by an assortment of volunteers, guides and advocates, it is ultimately the youth who determine their own life course.

Partners in the Collaborative

FYO is composed of four agencies, each working toward a collective goal:

The Hope Center at Pullen serves as the backbone organization. They provide case management to each youth in the Collaborative. The Center works with the youth to chart out and implement a plan for adult self-sufficiency.

PLM Families Together helps the youth establish housing goals and strategies for achievement. Based on their individual circumstances, youth work with PLM to create a roadmap for sustainable housing.

Wake Technical Community College offers both degree and non-degree courses through The Fostering Bright Futures Program to improve a young person’s opportunity to earn a living wage in the future.

Wake County LINKS serves as the primary referral agency for the FYO Collaborative, helping the agencies identify the youth in foster care who might benefit from the Collaborative’s services.


In its first year FYO showed strong growth and development, which resulted in some really positive changes for the participating youth. Working with 15 foster care youth FYO has reported the following:

  • 15 youth achieved safe housing
  • 10 youth became employed
  • 7 youth increased their income
  • 2 youth increased their savings
  • 3 youth achieved enough income to become financial stable and independent
  • 2 youth enrolled in High School or GED
  • 8 youth enrolled in post-secondary education

(Note: not all youth required each available service)

FYO is increasing the number of youth they serve. By the end of the second year, FYO hopes to have all 35 participants achieve similar successes.

Going Forward: The lessons learned have been instrumental in informing our process across all the Collaboratives we fund and support. In fact, as FYO has been broadly evaluated as a successful model and has been expanded across our three other counties. Durham, Johnston, and Orange are in the process of developing similar FYO models. From what we have learned in developing and supporting FYO in Wake County, we are confident in the potential for these added counties in meeting the needs of these youth who are about to find themselves in sudden adulthood. By putting young people at the center of services, they have a supportive network to gain self-confidence and the skills they need to work toward living the life of their dreams.


Teaming for Technology launches La Familia Technology Awareness Program


United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Teaming for Technology (T4T) program has formed a partnership with Univision, an American Spanish-language broadcasting TV network, to further the T4T mission of bridging the digital divide and the Univision desire to “not only to entertain but also to empower.”  T4T will aid in that empowerment, by providing ultra-low-cost computers directly to families with school-aged children who do not have a home computer and who can benefit from the use of Univision’s Clave al Éxito portal. This portal offers resources to help parents track their children’s academic progress, communicate with their teachers and better prepare for college.

T4T has provided over 25,000 refurbished computers to nonprofits and schools over the years, that in turn, provide these computers to their clients and students.  With the new “La Familia” initiative, T4T will now be able to provide low-cost computers directly to the children and families who do not have a computer in the home.  Aligning with the United Way’s “two-generational approach” toward community impact work, families who apply to the program will not only receive a computer, but also receive bi-lingual training and instruction with the child and the rest of the family unit on this computer.  Families will be trained by volunteers on basic internet skills, word processing, spreadsheets, and the use of the Clave al Éxito portal from Univision.

If you have an interest in volunteering as a trainer or family mentor, please visit our volunteer signup page here.

Collaborating with the tech community

United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) and technology leader Citrix  are collaborating on UWGT’s 2016 Social Innovation Challenge to end childhood hunger, 100K Kids Hungry No More.

The partnership is a natural fit for two worlds that may not often collide–technology and nonprofits. It came together when UWGT’s Allison Warren-Barbour and Citrix’s Bill O’Boyle met through Leadership Raleigh. Through conversation, they discovered a mutual interest in mission-driven opportunities for talent development and recruitment.

O’Boyle was looking for special opportunities for his business development team to sharpen its skills, specifically its capacity “to solve big problems” while Warren-Barbour was seeking to engage the intellectual capital of the Triangle to take on pressing social issues like food insecurity.

The two got their respective teams together and a match was struck.

Last year’s Challenge offered $50,000 in prize money to the best idea for reducing childhood hunger in the Triangle. Out of 50 applications, Jim Keaten, Childhood Nutrition Director for Durham Public Schools, won with his universal breakfast in the classroom pilot program. As a result of the award, over 280,000 additional breakfast meals during school and summer as well as nearly 150,000 summer lunch meals to feed kids in Durham.

This year, United Way and Citrix will employ a GoToMarket strategy developed by O’Boyle’s team, with goals to double the number of participants, engage more companies from the technology industry, and increase the Challenge prize pool to $100,000.

It’s a win-win.

From O’Boyle’s perspective, this opportunity allows Citrix employees a way to contribute to the Triangle community by creating what Harvard Business School’s Michael Porter calls shared value — generating economic value in a way that also produces value for society by addressing its challenges. He’s found it so meaningful to talent development and recruitment that he’s added the skills-based project to his team’s fourth quarter KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), giving his team an edge with top talent looking for ways to marry professional ambition with community service.

“Connecting social problem-solving with KPI’s allows us to show employees that giving back is a not just a nicety but a priority for Citrix and will act as a way to attract young talent who enjoy the concept of working with the community,” says O’Boyle.

Many of the Citrix team find that having community-oriented KPIs only affirms their choice of Citrix as an employer that allows them to “bring their entire self to the office,” according to team member, Ted Kirk.   The ability to overlay the expertise utilized every day to build new relationships for Citrix upon some of our region’s most complex social issues is a natural extension that will benefit both the community and Citrix’s bottom line.

“Just as United Way’s new collaborative approach in the community is forging new partnerships and creating different ways of working together, the Citrix/UWGT partnership ushers in a new era of solving social issues through purpose-driven employment, directly linking doing good business to doing good” reflected Allison Warren-Barbour.

We can go farther in solving complex challenges in our community by working together, leveraging the diverse experiences that our partners bring to the table. In the end, the community as a whole wins.

A Mutual Mentoring Experience

BY Sarah Williams, Community Engagement Fellow
Cross-posted with Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines


Mentor is defined as:

  1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher;
  2. an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

At this year’s “Discover the Leader in You” camp at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, I had the chance to mentor and be mentored and it was a wonderful, powerful experience.

Now in my mid-twenties, post high school, college and grad school where I had countless influential teachers and mentors, I am grateful for the women in my life who have provided me so much guidance and support. As a result, I have been eager to find opportunities to pay it forward and by mentoring to help other young girls grow into their best selves.

I don’t know that I have the necessary wisdom or extensive experience to be the best mentor yet in life, but through my Community Engagement Fellowship at United Way of the Greater Triangle I had the opportunity to volunteer with this camp. As soon as I read about it, I knew I wanted to be a part, to try to pay it forward to these young girls, and support their empowerment to make a difference in their own communities.

At camp, I expected to have the chance to mentor. What I didn’t expect was how much I would be mentored through the process.

First, I had the privilege to meet two young girls with big hearts and dreams to impact their community. One wanted to help save animals from the streets and bring publicity to local animal shelters. Another wanted to help people in poverty find clothes. I learned that she loved fashion and put on fashion shows for her family so we tried to blend her talents and her desire to give back. She created a social action plan to host a clothing drive and organized fashion shows at local shelters, so those who received their new clothes could feel beautiful and special.

While I walked in to the experience hoping to give back, I walked away having received so much. First, I learned so much from the girls. I wish I was that others-focused at their age and that eager to make an impact in my community. I was so impressed with all of the girls at camp, their ideas, and their social action plans. It is clear that these girls are on a great path with Girl Scouts to become leaders in their communities.

Secondly, I had the chance to attend the Town Hall on the final day of camp with a number of women far wiser, more influential and experienced than myself.  These local professionals were there to share some of their advice to the girls at camp. The girls asked these women leaders a number of great questions including their biggest struggles and successes, lessons learned, who their own mentors were, etc. It is a beautiful and powerful thing when women come together to grow and support one another.

It caused us all to reflect and grow and learn through the experiences, ideas and sisterhood of the powerful women – both young and old – that was shared in that room.  I am grateful to have been able to be a part of Girl Scouts Leadership Camp – to grow as a mentor and mentee with all of those wonderful campers and women leaders. I think we all discovered more about leadership and ourselves through this camp.


Triangle Executives Sleep Out in Durham, Raise Awareness of Homelessness & Poverty


Date: September 11, 2015

Contact: Irene Godínez, 919-627-7511,
Melanie Davis-Jones, 919-523-5523,


Over a dozen area executives participated in the 4th annual CEO Sleep Out event in Durham to build awareness of “invisible” issues such as hunger, homelessness and poverty in our community. Despite the many accolades that our Triangle area is known for, on any given night there are 2,000 homeless Triangle community members and nearly 200,000 people in our community living in poverty, 60,000 of which are children.

This year’s focus was on addressing the issue of homelessness and impacts of poverty on children’s early learning. The event programming included a housing simulation to give participants a deeper understanding of the complexities of the housing system, as well as panel presentations led by two of United Way’s 24 collaborative partners—Durham Collaborative to End Family Homelessness and Close the Gap—sharing why it is essential to work together to address some of these complex challenges in our area.

In comments today, Mack Koonce, President and CEO of United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) said, “We have come together in the same spirit of unity that bound our nation together 14 years ago after the profound national tragedy, to affirm that we must continue to come together for community change.” He continued, “No one sets out to be homeless or to live in poverty; we can all do a little more to make sure that if someone finds themselves in those circumstances, that their humanity is recognized and that we work towards solutions, together.”

Through this event, United Way and its partners provide a unique perspective on poverty in our area to area CEOs, executives, and elected officials. Participants left with a greater understanding of the challenges faced by many of our community members. They committed to having conversations about addressing these challenges and continuing to build awareness and action around issues of homelessness and poverty.

“This is always a profound experience,” remarked Farad Ali, UWGT board member. “What we endure on a single night is a reminder that this is reality for too many of our neighbors.”


Local Executives Sleep Out in Durham to Raise Awareness of Homelessness

CEO Sleep Out-Durham Media Advisory


Date: September 4, 2015

                                                                        Contact: Irene Godínez

                                                                        Telephone: 919-463-5013 • 919-627-7511



Local Executives Sleep Out in Durham to Raise Awareness of Homelessness

Who:     United Way of the Greater Triangle, area CEOs and Executives

What:   CEO Sleep Out Durham: Making the “Invisible” issues Visible event

Where: Lawn in front of DPAC in downtown Durham at Blackwell St. & Vivian St.

When: Thursday, September 10 at 6:30pm until Friday, September 11 at 8:00am

Best video opportunities:  Thursday 10:30 – 11:30 pm — Executives getting settled for the night

Friday 5:30 am – 7 am — Wake-up and reflections on the experience

Why:     By having area executives participate in these events, we build awareness of issues that are too often unseen, such as hunger, homelessness and poverty in our Triangle area. This year, our focus is on addressing the issue of homelessness and impacts of poverty on children. On any given night, there are 2,000 homeless Triangle community members. Programming will also address why we’ve moved towards a collaborative approach in addressing some of these complex challenges in our area.


About CEO SleepOut: Making the “Invisible” Issues Visible

This is the 4thannual CEO SleepOut. We will host two CEO SleepOut events in 2015, the next one is in Wake County on September 24-25.

With only cardboard for a mattress, a hearty spirit, and a true passion for the cities and towns they call home, community leaders will gather to make issues like hunger, homelessness and poverty in the Triangle more visible for the nearly 200,000 people in our community living in poverty, 60,000 of which are children.

Programming for the evening will focus on bringing the spirit of collaboration to help tackle issues facing our community. Through this event, United Way and its partners will provide a unique perspective on poverty in our area by hosting round table discussions and simulations demonstrating the complexities of the housing system. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the challenges faced by many of our community members and will commit to engage in addressing these challenges.


United Way of the Greater Triangle Takes a Bold Step in Funding Collaborations

Contact: Irene Godínez
919-463-5013 • 919-627-7511

United Way of the Greater Triangle Takes a Bold Step in Funding Collaborations

Different Way of Working among Nonprofits and Community Partners toward Long-Term Solutions

Morrisville, NC – Announced today, United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT), one of the major philanthropic organizations in the community, has invested the majority of its funding (88%) in:

  • 24 collaborative partnerships with a two-generational approach—working with children and their families together—to significantly improve current circumstances and future opportunities for low-income households and;
  • Partnerships working across the region on reducing childhood hunger and increasing access to health care.

Serving Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties, United Way in this market is one of the first nationally to make a dramatic shift in how its funds are invested in only a year’s time.

Effective September 1st, the overall UWGT community investment of $7.3 million in 2015-16 supports:

  • The two-generational collaborative partnerships,
  • Basic needs for vulnerable populations,
  • Work toward a food secure community, with a focus on childhood hunger, and
  • Access to health care through

The figure represents a 12% increase over community investments in 2014-15.

“We learned from other United Ways across the nation working in collective impact, a structured way to accomplish social change.” said Mack Koonce, President and CEO of United Way of the Greater Triangle. “We believed, and many partners affirmed, it was time for our United Way to work in this way.” Koonce continued, “Our new strategic plan sets out our vision for building collaborative partnerships among nonprofits, corporations, donors, governmental and community organizations, as well as other funders. This shift to a more collaborative approach is vital to working toward long-term solutions to the Triangle’s pressing social issues.”

Studies show generational success begins with families in financially stable households; with children prepared for educational achievement; with family health and well-being. The Harlem Children’s Zone is the best-known model for an approach to serving families and children. United Way’s model, Changing Generations: Pathways to Progress for Families and Children includes five strategies:

  • Partnerships for Families of Very Young Children (0-5)
  • Family Crisis Support
  • Neighborhood-based Solutions
  • Family and Child Literacy
  • Youth Success.

[List of collaborative partnerships included with release.]

“The fact that Raleigh is the #1 place for business but 94th in social mobility should be a wake-up call for everyone who cares about our community,” observed Greg Winkler, Regional Business Bank Manager at Wells Fargo & Company and UWGT board member. “For our community to continue to grow and prosper, we must create responses to social issues that are effective, solutions-oriented, and innovative to break the cycle of poverty. The time is now.”

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)

United Way of the Greater Triangle is committed to being a catalyst for positive, lasting community change in the Triangle region—Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties in North Carolina. More than simply a fundraiser, United Way is a community partner to build resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships to address basic needs and improve early childhood learning, health and well-being, educational equity, household stability, and food security in low-income households. UWGT actively mobilizes the caring power of communities, working toward real solutions to pressing social issues in order to transform lives and inspire generations of achievement.  Learn more about UWGT’s work at or volunteer opportunities at

2400 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 150 | Morrisville, North Carolina 27560 | 919.460.8687



United Way of the Greater Triangle | Collaborative Partnerships

Changing Generations: Pathways to Progress for Families and Children | 2015 – 2016

Partnerships for Families of Very Young Children

  1. DELTA                                                                                                                   Durham

Integrated network of services to support household stability, well-being, mental health, school readiness, and school success of children and their families.

  1. Orange County Comprehensive Early Childhood Initiative           Orange

Services for families with children ages birth – 5 at risk for toxic stress related to a variety of issues caused by poverty, limited literacy, exposure to violence, etc.

  1. Parents and Children Together (PACT)                                                  Wake

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) will be embedded into its existing programs of developmental day care programs, child mental health services, and early intervention.


Family Crisis Support

  1. Durham’s Collaborative to End Family Homelessness                    Durham

Creates a seamless system of services for homeless families. Moves families into permanent housing as quickly as possible and provides necessary supportive services to maintain their stable housing.

  1. More than a Roof                                                                                            Wake

Providing holistic, wraparound services for homeless families and children living in hotels.

  1. Family Violence Wake County                                                                  Wake

Serving low income families who have experienced domestic violence, but have multiple additional barriers to overcome to end the cycle of violence in their homes.

  1. Fostering Family Success                                                                             Wake

Focused on young families in which one of the parents has a history in the foster care system and are now parenting a child between the ages of 0-8.

  1. Multidisciplinary Team Supporting Vulnerable Families               Wake

Serving vulnerable families and children who have experienced abuse to prevent re-traumatization during assessment, investigation, intervention, and mental health treatment.

  1. The Family Table                                                                                             Wake

Holistic, integrated services to improve the economic stability and well-being of at least 50 food insecure families where one or more adults is unemployed or underemployed.

  1. EITC/VITA Sites                                                                                                 Regional

Free tax preparation for low income households. Advice and assistance in applying for the Earned Income Tax Credit.


Neighborhood-based Solutions

  1. East Durham Children’s Initiative                                                             Durham

Focused on strengthening and expanding existing pipeline of services in the neighborhood, particularly in the areas of early childhood, out-of-school learning, and economic stability.

  1. Family Plus Initiative                                                                                     Johnston

Supports vulnerable children and families to ensure children enter kindergarten ready for success and retain educational and social supports throughout their K-12 education.

  1. Orange Family Success Alliance                                                                Orange

Working in two zones to ensure kids have the opportunity for a healthy, safe, and productive life from cradle-to-college or career by identifying needs and building stability for families.

  1. Early Collaborative Work in Southeast Raleigh                                  Wake

Transitional investments that will be a part of a comprehensive Southeast Raleigh action plan.

Family and Child Literacy

  1. Close the Gap                                                                                                   Durham and Orange

Broad-scale distribution of books and parent tool kits to adults and children to prevent summer learning loss among low income households.

  1. Durham Literacy Collaborative                                                                  Durham

A comprehensive approach to improving educational and economic outcomes for families with a focus on providing a healthy, literacy-rich learning environment for their children.

  1. Wake Up and Read                                                                                         Wake

Engages and educates the community about the importance of childhood literacy and increases access to literacy resources and opportunities for all children.


Youth Success     

  1. Hispanic Student Success                                                                            Regional

Establishes trusting relationships with Latino youth and families to improve their educational attainment and leadership development opportunities; connects families with services and support.

  1. Made in Durham                                                                                              Durham

A partnership of education, business, and community leaders with a shared vision: all Durham youth complete a postsecondary credential and begin a career by the age of 25.

  1. Student U                                                                                                           Durham

Provides a pipeline of academic, social, and emotional support for low income middle and high school students and their families.

  1. Wake Child and Family Support Collaboration                                   Wake

Provides structured services that support young people’s educational attainment and overall well-being; tools for positive home environments; gainful employment and job stability for adults.

  1. YOU                                                                                                                       Durham

Supports low income youth and their families with a targeted comprehensive, and intensive wrap-around network of the best services available in our community.

  1. Youth Thrive                                                                                                      Wake

Convenes and trains youth-serving professionals in Wake County; in the process of creating a collective impact data-informed master plan for youth.

  1. Fostering Youth Opportunities                                                                 Regional

A United Way of the Greater Triangle initiative that helps young people aging out of foster care become self-sufficient through an integrated service delivery model of education, job skills training, housing, and health care.








United Way of the Greater Triangle Announces Allison Warren-Barbour as New Senior Vice-President of Resource Development and Engagement 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Irene Godínez,, 919-463-5013


Morrisville, NC – Allison Warren-Barbour has been named Senior Vice-President of Resource Development and Engagement at United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT), where she was most recently Vice-President of Workplace Relations and Engagement.

In her new capacity, she will develop innovative strategies for engaging cross-sector partners in United Way’s work. Warren-Barbour will work to increase the visibility of UWGT’s community work and create new ways of engaging existing and new donors. She will act as lead connector and advocate for UWGT in the community and will lead a ten-member team covering four interrelated areas – workplace and individual giving, major and leadership giving, research and data support, and grants/foundations. Through transformative leadership, Warren-Barbour hopes to inspire her team and Triangle community members to increase their impact towards solving some of our area’s most challenging social issues.

“I feel passionately about the work of UWGT and want to help create an environment and platform where community members who share our passion of creating opportunities for vulnerable children and their families around educational equity, family well-being and economic security, can find their place and voice through UWGT,” declared Warren-Barbour. “I want to bring more people into the conversation of transforming our community and making meaningful connections.”

Warren-Barbour has ample leadership experience having also served at United Way of Greater Atlanta. There, she led a team of 11 development officers charged with raising over $36 million of an $80 million campaign. Warren-Barbour also worked in sales management in the private sector prior to making the transition into nonprofit.

“We are thrilled to promote Allison to this critical role at United Way,” said Mack Koonce, CEO and President of United Way of the Greater Triangle. “Her skill set, along with her enthusiasm for our vision of creating a more just environment will enable us to engage more individuals and key partners in transforming our community.”

Warren-Barbour graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior. She went on to receive a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological seminary. She is a graduate of Leadership Triangle and Raleigh Chamber’s Emerging Leaders program.  Warren-Barbour lives in Cary, with her husband, Kevin and two daughters, Anya & Isla.

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)
United Way is committed to supporting immediate basic needs and working toward long-term, sustainable solutions to some of the area’s most pressing issues in four North Carolina counties, Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake. A new focus on low income families and children uses a collaborative approach to dramatically change the course of their futures. UWGT actively mobilizes the caring power of communities to build resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships to improve lives and inspire generations of achievement.

Learn more about UWGT’s work at or volunteer opportunities at

2400 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 150 | Morrisville, North Carolina 27560 | 919.460.8687


Working together to transition from homelessness to housing


BY Candice Delgado, Community Engagement Fellow

Upon accepting this community engagement fellowship opportunity, I was told that every day would be something different and each day I would learn something new. Being that I have been part of United Way’s community for over a month, I now know this to be true. I had the honor of spending Friday with UPS as they donated their time volunteering in Durham with Housing for New Hope. This was an incredible day spent seeing a different side of Durham, hearing firsthand accounts of being homeless in Durham, and seeing the emotions of a person as they were removed from homelessness and placed into their own home.

Housing for New Hope is one of United Way’s agency partners working within a collaborative that works to move families and individuals out of homelessness into permanent housing as quickly as possible. Employees explained the process that homeless individuals or families have to go through to receive help from Housing for New Hope. Being so far removed from understanding all that someone facing homelessness must endure, I learned quite a lot and feel very frustrated for the barriers that stand in the way for these agencies working so hard to help more people get out of homelessness. I also feel disappointed that as much as Durham has grown in the past few years, housing in this area is not accessible to many people. A recent article in The Indy states the reality of trying to work and afford housing in Durham, “Condos and apartments are being built—or in the pipeline—throughout the center of the city, Durham Central Park, West Village and most recently at the old Hendrick dealership off Dillard Street. Yet not a single unit is affordable for the average public school teacher, firefighter, police officer, waiter or parking attendant.” Despite the lack of access to affordable housing and the ability for these homeless adults to find a source of income, Housing for New Hope is moving more and more people into permanent housing.


A group of 15 UPS employees and myself moved an individual out of Urban Ministries and into their new home. Moving heavy furniture inside, stocking the pantry and refrigerator, and turning an empty space into a home were just several ways we helped assist this person with their move. However, for this individual-this is their home, their salvation from the daily struggles they faced on the streets, their chance at starting over. Powerful emotions were felt by all that witnessed this moment, a moment that I will not forget.

Throughout the day, Housing for New Hope employees shared that homelessness is a large problem in our community, and it would be near impossible to tackle it all alone as a single agency, but partnering with other agencies that are seeking the same goal helps them use their resources together and reach more people which in the end gets more families off of the street and into stable housing. The efficiency of working together and working towards long-term solutions is why United Way of the Greater Triangle is investing in collaborative work.

As I went home on Friday evening to my comfortable, safe home, I could not stop thinking about that one individual in their new home – what must they be feeling now that it’s quiet and no one is there. Are they scared? Are they lonely? If they doubt themselves at any moment, who is there to support & encourage them? I felt a bit more at ease when I remembered that for one, they’ll have a collaborative team of organizations that will work together to ensure their path towards success. 

On Friday all I could think about was this person, and I think that’s important for me to hold onto, because I’ll remember that person when I tell this story to others. I’ll remember them when I go out to dinner in Durham only a few blocks from where their new home is located. I’ll remember them when I see the face of another homeless person in Durham.  I will continue to seek out opportunities to be more engaged in the community. Working at United Way of the Greater Triangle has already opened so many more doors out into the community which has opened my eyes to see the community in a different light and engage more meaningfully. Although I’m one person, I know that I can help make a difference, if even in a small way like moving furniture, to ease the hardship on some of my Triangle neighbors.