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.

For more information, please visit our website at You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Gilbarco Veeder-Root and The Volunteer Center of the Triad Partnered Again to Spotlight Service and Volunteerism for the Community

GREENSBORO, NC For the fourth consecutive year, Gilbarco Veeder-Root and The Volunteer Center of the Triad hosted their annual “Day of Caring” on September 30, 2020, at the company’s Greensboro headquarters, creating thousands of care packages for people in need.

About 260 employees from Gilbarco Veeder-Root participated in this year’s event, working with the team from The Volunteer Center of the Triad, to make care packages for various non-profits in the region. “Our Corporate Caring model aligns businesses with opportunities to give back to the community, both internally and externally”, said Carley Swaim Walker, executive director for The Volunteer Center of the Triad. “We worked very closely with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to identify the right projects for this ‘Day of Caring’ event. Due to the great needs of our non-profit community this year, Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s support and giving back at such a significant level really speaks volumes about the company and their value to our community.”

Walker said both organizations identified numerous beneficiaries this year, including Back Pack Beginnings, Triad Health Project, LifeSpan, Level Up Parenting, and many local church ministries. The teams this year volunteered almost 520 hours at the event – with a service value of approximately $13,000.00 – to make more than 8,700 units of products for non-profits. The product care packages this year included toiletry kits, kids snack packs, first aid kits, infant feeding and diaper kits, and take-home projects where employees would make cat and dog toys. These packages were then distributed to the designated non-profits.

Sebastian Hatch, Gilbarco’s vice president of operations Americas, said the Day of Carling is a time when the company sets aside its normal routines of running the business and dedicates time to giving back to the local communities.  “Given that we are also citizens of this community, there is always great enthusiasm from our team in terms of giving back in meaningful ways to those that need it,” Hatch said. “Like many of our team members, I always finish a Day of Caring with a great feeling of fulfillment, knowing that I did my part to help someone else who needs it.  The gratitude that we receive from those in the community that we partner with makes the experience all the more rewarding.”

Walker praised Gilbarco’s ambitious effort and its results. “The Gilbarco Day of Caring project is the largest we manage annually through our Corporate Caring model.  The impact of this project and the amount of product distributed back out into the community creates a ripple effect of caring as basic needs are being met,” Walker said.

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 Gilbarco Veeder-Root: Gilbarco Veeder-Root is the global leader of integrated technology solutions in the retail petroleum industry.  Gilbarco has been headquartered in the city of Greensboro, NC since 1965, but its history dates back to 1865. From our reliable fuel dispensers to intuitive point of sale to revolutionary operation management systems and convenience store equipment, Gilbarco Veeder-Root delivers total integrated solutions from the forecourt to the convenience store. Gilbarco has the proven expertise that our customers around the world have come to depend on.


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78 participating Nonprofit Organizations

551 Participants


GREENSBORO, June 25th, 2020 — Like many events, The 2020 Human Race fundraiser and 5k became virtual. The 26th annual fundraiser is facilitated by the Volunteer Center of the Triad and allows participants to raise money for their favorite nonprofit! This year, registrants were able to run, walk, roll, wag their 5k or 1-mile distance anywhere on their own between June 13th and 19th. The virtual awards ceremony and celebration took place on Saturday, June 20th. The virtual changes didn’t stop people from donating to 78 participating nonprofits, raising a total of $107,962.43

The live ceremony included introductions and even some videos from the 78 participating nonprofit organizations. Sponsors stood by the event offering awards, community messages, and financial support. The program ended with confetti celebrations for breaking the $100,000 milestone in fundraising and announcing awards for the fastest runners as well as fun photo opportunity winners from our Novant Health sponsored Virtual Photo Booth.  

Those who raced were able to use a GPS driven app on their phones to track their time. Fastest 5k Runners were: 

The live program also included entertainment by local musicians Emma Lee Millard, who kicked off the program with the national anthem, as well as five songs by J. Timber and Kate Musselwhite Tobey, including J.Timber’s original song, Love Revolution. A half-time celebration featured over twenty Bank of America Triad employees who cheered on our community to race to the fundraising finish line and help each nonprofit reach their fundraising goals.

The top three company fundraising teams were: 

“It is more important than ever to support the critical work of all of our local non-profits that are helping Triad residents in unprecedented ways through this pandemic,” said Derek Ellington, Bank of America Triad Market President. “We are proud to support the virtual race this year both financially and through the participation of a number of Bank of America employees.”

The top five nonprofits teams were: 

The top ten individual fundraisers were:

“The Human Race has become a community staple in its 26-year tenure and to cancel it when our nonprofits needed it more than ever was never an option.  Making it a virtual event allowed us to continue on with many Human Race traditions and introduce some new, innovative ones too.  But most importantly it allowed for 78 nonprofits supporting our community, including The Volunteer Center of the Triad, to raise over $100,000. And we are so grateful for the continued support of our sponsors that took us to the Fundraising Finish Line!” – Carley Swaim Walker, Executive Director of The Volunteer Center of the Triad 

The Human Race is a nationwide, community fundraising event for participants to raise money for their favorite nonprofit by running, walking, or rolling and even wagging their way to the finish line. This year looked much different yet was equally successful. To date, the Human Race has raised over $5.1 million for our local non-profit community in the last 26 years. 

To view the awards ceremony and see a list of all participating nonprofits, visit

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Thank you to our sponsors: 

Bank of America has sponsored since 2001 and has been the presenting 5k sponsor since 2004 and is returning for this 26th annual Human Race. They also participated as fundraisers for 13 different nonprofit organizations and have been the top company fundraisers ever year. 

Additional repeat sponsors are Dick’s Broadcasting, WFMY News 2, Arch Mortgage Insurance, Jimmy’s Plumbing, American National Bank, Griswold Home CareZoës Kitchen, Kneaded Energy, and Little Guy’s Movers.

New this year, we have support and sponsorship from Novant Health, Renewal By Andersen, Truliant Federal Credit Union, Sequoia Services, Right Fit Storage, Smoothie King, Joy Squad, The Inspira Agency, Yes! Weekly, Hand in Hand Water Safety, Good Health Greensboro, and Biscuitville.

About The Volunteer Center of the Triad

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

Our media kit can be found HERE.

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