The prize recognizes and celebrates communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make change – change that will enable all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come. The annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation competition will award up to 10 winning communities with a $25,000 cash prize and have their stories celebrated and shared broadly.
Below you will find news from the Trust.
Thousands of children in Forsyth County arrive in kindergarten each year at risk of falling behind their classmates. The goal of Great Expectations is for at least 90 percent of all financially disadvantaged children living in Forsyth County – between birth and exiting kindergarten – to reach age-appropriate developmental milestones.
Lorraine Gordon is the next door neighbor we all want. She knows everyone’s name, she sits on her porch and keeps an eye on the children as they play, and she wants to make her community a better place.
Kernersville resident Susan Choplin is one of just six North Carolina teachers handpicked to lead a Kindergarten Demonstration Classroom. Each year, she hosts up to 100 instructors from across the state to visit her class at Walkertown Elementary School and observe first-hand how she engages her students, creates a supportive learning environment, and provides Forsyth County’s children with the tools they need to succeed through high school and beyond.
Lorraine Gordon is affectionately known as “neighborhood watch” by residents of the Oakcrest Community in Beaufort County, NC, particularly the children she watches from her front porch as they play on the playground she helped build. She won’t tolerate bad behavior, but who wants to misbehave on a playground this awesome?
Now president of Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC), Dr. Michael Helmick first learned about the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust’s Healthy Places North Carolina initiative while serving as president of Rockingham Community College. Rockingham County is among the first of seven counties where the Trust launched Healthy Places and began investing in community-led projects and programs designed to improve health outcomes.
Tightness in his chest brought Carolina Beach resident Larry Ellington, 58, to the doctor’s office. “I don’t like going to the doctor if I can help it,” said Ellington. “But sometimes you have to. You get sick. You need care.”
Kate B. Reynolds longed to help people in her community overcome poverty. Today, the trust she founded helps to make that happen.
We are pleased to announce our grants process for the August 11, 2015 grant application deadline. The Poor and Needy Division’s financial and human resources continue to be committed to improving the quality of life and health of financially disadvantaged individuals in Forsyth County, North Carolina. We encourage grant applications from local organizations, as well as organizations located outside of Forsyth County, that work to serve financially disadvantaged Forsyth County residents.
We are pleased to announce our grants process for the August 11, 2015, grants application deadline. The programmatic interests and eligibility outlined below will also guide our thinking for the February 2016 cycle.