The Volunteer Center of the Triad was excited to partner with Gilbarco Veeder-Root again this year for their annual Vontier Cares event on Thursday, August 31. Gilbarco employees completed 4,000 kits (including toiletry kits, baby kits, school kits, and snack packs). These kits were distributed between 13 local nonprofit organizations. It is awesome to have a global company headquartered here in Greensboro participate in our Corporate Caring program. It is so important for corporations to engage and serve the community where the employees live. We appreciate the opportunity to help GVR strengthen its connection to the Piedmont Triad region and demonstrate what it means for a company to be socially responsible. Thank you to GVR for partnering with us on this meaningful volunteer opportunity!


Number of participating nonprofit beneficiaries: 
• A Chance 4 Change Outreach Center
• BackPack Beginnings
• Beautiful Butterflies Inc
• FaithAction International
• Family Room Foster Care Resource Center
• Interactive Resource Center
• Kellin Foundation
• My Little Taste Buds
• Nehemiah Community Empowerment Center
• One Hand to Another
• Operation Xcel
• Partners Ending Homelessness
• Reading Connections
• Triad Goodwill


Toyota Battery Manufacturing recognized the importance of giving back to the community while fostering team cohesion. By participating in The Volunteer Center’s Corporate Caring program, Toyota aimed to make a positive difference in the lives of young learners while strengthening their own team dynamics.

The Corporate Caring program connects local businesses with meaningful service projects that align with their interests and goals. Toyota’s focus on STEM education perfectly aligned with the program’s objectives, allowing them to support Operation Xcel’s youth programs effectively.

Operation Xcel provides comprehensive afterschool, summer, and mentorship programs that empower youth academically, socially, physically, and emotionally. Toyota’s collaboration aimed to enhance these programs and create a brighter future for the children involved.

Toyota’s planning team engaged in two impactful service projects to support Operation Xcel. They assembled 200 “build a pulley” STEM kits, promoting hands-on learning and problem-solving skills among the participants. Additionally, Toyota employees prepared 1,000 snack packs, ensuring children had access to nutritious food during the programs.

The collaboration between Toyota Battery Manufacturing and Operation Xcel through The Volunteer Center’s program made a tangible and meaningful impact. By supporting Operation Xcel’s youth programs, Toyota contributed to the academic and personal growth of young learners while fostering a love for STEM education. Their efforts created a brighter future for the children involved in Operation Xcel.

The partnership between Toyota Battery Manufacturing and The Volunteer Center of the Triad’s Corporate Caring program showcases the power of collaboration in empowering youth through STEM education. Through their support of Operation Xcel’s programs, Toyota demonstrated their commitment to equipping young learners with the necessary skills and support to thrive academically, socially, physically, and emotionally. This inspiring collaboration serves as a testament to the transformative impact that businesses and nonprofit organizations can achieve when working together towards educational empowerment.


The Corporate Caring Challenge is a corporate competition in which companies partner with local nonprofit organizations to complete sustainable projects. The idea is to join nonprofits with businesses who want to give back to the community in an impactful, meaningful way.
Congratulations to our two winners!

2022 Corporate Caring Champion: New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

The Journey Garden Project with Journey Adult Day Center

2022 People’s Choice Award: Planet Fitness (W Market St)

Overcoming Obstacles: Obstacle Course and Riding Area with HORSEPOWER Therapeutic Learning Center


Thank you to our sponsors for the event: AZ Development, Triad Orthodontics, Karen Bolyard Real Estate Group, and HondaJet.

Outstanding Volunteers in Guilford County Are Recognized!

Greensboro, NC – The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service has presented the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award to 12 recipients from Guilford County.

Award recipients are:

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors people who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by making a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. The award was created in the Office of the Governor in 1979.


Are you looking for ways to serve your community?


The Volunteer Center of the Triad, United Way of Greater Greensboro, and local nonprofit partner agencies are pleased to provide you with a variety of ways to give and volunteer your time.


This National Volunteer Week (April 18-22, 2022), be sure to make a difference. Both in-person and at-home opportunities are available. To view volunteer opportunities and sign up, click HERE. Check back often, as additional needs will be added.


Questions about National Volunteer Week? 

Please contact Audrey McLaughlin, Director of Community Engagement, at The Volunteer Center of the Triad

[email protected] | 336-373-1633 ext. 104

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The Volunteer Center of the Triad Presents Monopoly! An evening of fun and prizes supporting volunteerism in our community.

On Saturday, November 6th, The Volunteer Center of the Triad is presenting Monopoly©! Come join us for an evening of fun and games as we host an official Monopoly© Tournament to raise money for The Volunteer Center!

The evening starts with a networking opportunity for our top sponsors. Have your commemorative photo taken at our photo booth provided by Joy Squad. Mix and mingle and check out all the sponsored properties down VIP Row.

The doors officially open at 7PM and the fun begins! Browse silent auction items, purchase a Community Chest key for a chance at a prize valued at $500 (or more!), grab a beverage and some yummy hors d’oeuvres and head to a tournament table – because the first round of Monopoly© starts at 7:30PM.

The top six winners from all the tables will earn a seat at the Championship Table, where the winner from that round of play will win $1,000!

If playing board games is not your thing, you can still win big by purchasing a Reverse Raffle ticket. Only 100 tickets are available, and the last number pulled will win $5,000!

Be sure to visit the Jailhouse Lounge for more chances to win prizes!

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Please join The Volunteer Center of the Triad, United Way of Greater Greensboro and BackPack Beginnings for this impactful opportunity that you can share with your friends and family, neighborhood, office, faith community or any other group. With this helpful toolkit, you can run a successful collection with a minimal time commitment. All items MUST be dropped off at Backpack Beginnings by July 30, 2021.

Making a big difference is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Get a box.
  2. Fill your box with donated food items.
  3. Drop off collected items at BackPack Beginnings

Most needed items include:

A helpful toolkit with printable flyers can be found HERE. BackPack Beginnings office hours are listed at


Hope Tyler, Director of Volunteers & Community Engagement

The Volunteer Center of the Triad

Phone: 336.373.1633; Email:  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        

Plan to kick off 2021 Serving Others!

The Volunteer Center & Truist Bank present Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Virtually

With many other Opportunities to Serve and Participate  

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

                                                                                                                – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Triad, NC— The Volunteer Center (TVC) in sponsorship from Truist Bank and in partnership with local community organizations, civic groups, colleges, universities, and Guilford County Schools will host Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service virtually, all are invited to tune in and participate.  The MLK Day of Service, Monday, January 18th, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm will be broadcasted live on Facebook, and have the option to host Zoom watch parties. The event will include many activities and opportunities to engage in community, learn about the volunteer needs of our nonprofit partners and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through service.  

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 18th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The broadcast will feature:

Other opportunities to serve and get involved with MLK Day/Week/Month of Service are as follows:  

Participate in a Blood Drive a partnership with One Blood, The Volunteer Center and Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship

Saturday, January 16th, 2021 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Nussbaum Center parking lot at 1451 S Elm Eugene Street, GSO, 27406

Donate shelf-stable food items, baby food, formula, wipes, diapers, new socks, shoes, coats, and clothing to the  

MLK Food & Baby Needs Drive donations are accepted Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at The Volunteer Center of the Triad, 1500 Yanceyville Street throughout the month of January

Volunteer at the MLK Drive Clean-up on Saturday, January 16th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, meet at Gillespie Park Elementary School at 1900 Martin Luther King Dr., GSO, 27406 at 8:45 am, preregistration is required at

Explore Career opportunities at the MLK Career Fair (virtually) a partnership with Triad Goodwill and The Volunteer Center of the Triad, Monday, February 1, 2021, time, and tune-in location TBD

Opportunity to purchase 2021 commemorative MLK Day of Service t-shirts coming soon at

MLK Day of service and all opportunities would not be possible for our community without the support of our dedicated sponsors and our hard-working 2021 MLK Day of Service Advisory Council.

Title Sponsor: Truist Bank

Volvo Financial Services

United Healthcare

TE Connectivity

Carolina Container

Lincoln Financial Group

Greensboro Jaycees

Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Mt. Zion Greensboro

Arch MI

Greensboro Jewish Federation

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ®, Beta Iota Omega Chapter

Bryan Family YMCA

Smith Leonard PLLC

John L Palmer Allstate Insurance Agency

Joy Squad

NC A&T State University Office of Student Development

Best Smile Dental

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Kendra Johnson & Catherine Williams

2021 MLK Day of Service Advisory Council

Chair: Marcus Thomas, Mt. Zion Greensboro

Staff Lead: Hope Tyler, The Volunteer Center of the Triad

Anissa Bledsoe, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ®,

Beta Iota Omega Chapter

Briana Mack, NC A&T State University – Office of Student Development

Cedric Parker, Community Adventist Restoration Center

Jacob Hicks, Guilford County Schools

Jayvon Johnson, Mt. Zion Greensboro

Justin Trujillo, Greensboro Swarm

Kendra Johnson, Deluxe Corporation

LaDonna Gore – Tisdale, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ®, Beta Iota Omega Chapter  

Lauren Forbis, United Way of Greater Greensboro

Marcel Vinson, Lincoln Financial Group

Skyler Perkins, Greensboro Swarm

Traci McLemore, United Way of Greater Greensboro

Tricia Teter, Cone Health

The official national hashtag for MLK Day of Service is #MLKDay and locally #MLKTriad2021

Like us and follow MLK Day of Service events and more on Facebook and Instagram:  @volunteercentertriad


The mission of The Volunteer Center is to strengthen our community by creating meaningful volunteer connections. We connect people, promote volunteerism, support nonprofits, and build partnerships. For more information about TVC, please visit

(GREENSBORO, NC) – Those people and organizations, who dedicate their time, talents and hearts to serving people in the community, have been recognized by The Volunteer Center of the Triad and The Guilford Nonprofit Consortium. The two organizations announced today the nominees for this year’s Heart of the Community Awards.

The Emerging Youth award is given to a youth between the ages of 13 and 19, who has made exceptional strides to help others. This year’s nominees are:

The Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year celebrates an exceptional volunteer program implemented by a nonprofit. This year’s nominees are:

The Corporate Volunteer of the Year award goes out to an exemplary company volunteer group. The nominees are:

The Covid Hero(es) Award goes to a volunteer, who has demonstrated an extraordinary effort to helping nonprofit organizations throughout the pandemic. The nominees are:

The Volunteer of the Year award is given to an outstanding volunteer who has gone above and beyond expectations. The nominees are:

The Sharon Hoard Lifetime of Service Award is named after Sharon Hoard, who devoted her life to the service of others. This award celebrates a volunteer whose outstanding lifetime of service has touched the lives of many people in our community. The nominee for this award is:

The Nonprofit of the Year award is given by The Guilford Nonprofit Consortium. It also includes a $1,000.00 prize donated by DMJ + Co. The nominees are:

View all nominees celebrated in this video.

The awards will be announced live at a virtual ceremony on November 5th at 6:30 PM. Register for free tickets at:

You may view the event at or at The Volunteer Center of the Triad’s Facebook page.

For all logos and artwork, visit our media kit here.

Sponsors for the 2020 Heart of the Community Awards are: Novant Health, Bill Black Cadillac, American National Bank & Trust, Lincoln Financial, Griswold Home Care, CT Wilson Construction, Stanley & Phyllis Shavitz Family Fund, Broadcast2Go, Furnitureland South, The Inspira Agency, DMJ.

The Volunteer Center of the Triad strengthens our community by creating meaningful volunteer connections. We connect people, promote volunteerism, support nonprofits and build partnerships.

The Guilford Nonprofit Consortium is a collaborative of nonprofit organizations, large and small, in Guilford County, North Carolina, that fosters mutual assistance and support. The Consortium strives to reach these objectives by providing opportunities for education, collaboration, networking, and celebration.

(Triad, N.C.) – Creating much-needed care packages for the community used to be a valued opportunity for many companies to bring employees together, in one place, to volunteer their time and service to support area nonprofits. However, with strict medical guidelines in place for the Covid-19 pandemic, Novant Health and The Volunteer Center of the Triad decided to go virtual with their latest Day of Caring event.

More than 80 employees from four Novant Health Medical Centers – Forsyth Medical Center, Clemmons Medical Center, Kernersville Medical Center and Thomasville Medical Center – volunteered to help assemble 3,000 toiletry kits this week.  These employees then took supplies home and created the individual personal kits, with many enlisting the help of their families.

“This was our first Day of Caring event with Novant Health,” explained Carley Swaim Walker, executive director for The Volunteer Center of the Triad. “Their team helped us put a plan in place that adhered to all Covid-19 medical guidelines, and still allowed their employees to participate, while having an enjoyable, meaningful and safe time doing it.

Some of the employees even personalized the kits by enclosing inspirational messages, while others used fall-themed bags they made. The Volunteer Center staff started the effort by assembling dozens of large bags filled with the exact amount of supplies needed to create each individual personal care kit. These bags were then given to each Novant Health volunteer to take home and complete.  

“The Day of Caring event served as a great reminder that this community is made up of a vibrant network of innovative nonprofit organizations,” said Katherine Caster, manager of community engagement at Novant Health. “By partnering with The Volunteer Center of the Triad, our team members were able to find a new way to safely connect and serve alongside others to make a difference in our communities.”

Walker said this was the agency’s first time working with Novant Health, and the collaboration was very successful. “They wanted to engage employees in service, while finding a suitable solution to meet Covid-19 rules. And the staff’s enthusiasm and creativity were so exciting to watch. The demand to make more kits outweighed our supplies, which is a wonderful thing,” Walker added. “This was a purposeful way for the Novant Health team to be involved in a way they normally couldn’t be.”

The toiletry kits were given to five Triad nonprofit organizations: Family Promise, The Bethesda Center for the Homelessness, One Step Further, Crisis Ministry of Davidson County, and the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission.

The Volunteer Center of the Triad strengthens our community by creating meaningful volunteer connections. We connect people, promote volunteerism, support nonprofits and build partnerships.

About Novant Health
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,600 physicians and over 29,000 employees that provide care at nearly 700 locations, including 15 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2020, Novant Health was the only healthcare system in North Carolina to be included on Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity list. Diversity MBA Magazine has also ranked Novant Health third on its 2019 list of “Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work.” Novant Health provided more than $993.2 million in community benefit, including financial assistance and services, in 2019.

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