Changing Lives Every DayBy Pitt County Women's Journal 4 years ago
Celebrating Local Non-Profits
Pitt County is home to amazing people who care about others and who do everything in their power to make their community—our community—a better place. Some people give back to their communities through specific groups and organizations; others give back simply by spreading kindness, positivity, and love.
Whether you give of your time, your money, or in some other way, know that you’ve made an improvement in someone else’s life. You may or may not get to meet those you’ve helped. Your giving may provide immediate relief or may provide a way for someone to get their life on track for a more positive future. It all adds up.
The Pitt County Women’s Journal is committed to celebrating local business, local people, and local culture. Many of our local businesses are involved with local non-profits throughout the year. Residents start organizations to meet needs and volunteer of their time on a regular basis. Charitable organizations are woven into the fabric of our communities in so many ways. There is a lot to celebrate about the generosity in our community.
The Pitt County Women’s Journal is honored to be a part of these organizations by helping to spread awareness about their missions, events, and volunteers.
If you are looking for a way to give back, reach out or provide assistance to less fortunate members of the community this holiday season, please choose to support local organizations. Whether you choose to give back for spiritual, political, or financial reasons doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are helping others.
2019 Non-Profit Spotlights
“The one thing I want our community to know is that you don’t have to travel to other counties, states or even counties to encounter victims of abuse, neglect, assault, trafficking, domestic violence, substance use, dire poverty and self-harm/suicidal ideation. All of this is very real and very present in our communities of Pitt County. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of girls waking up every day to confront these horrific realities of their lives every day. Daughters of Worth serves girls who are being sold out by their families for sex (trafficking) to pay their bills, coming ‘home’ to spaces where there is no food, running water or utilities, being raped by family members, and witnessing their mothers doing lines of Cocaine. This work is real – and grim. It doesn’t have to be this way. The generational trauma that we are experiencing day after day doesn’t have to occur. We have the power and ability to change the trajectory. There are steps that we can take and actions that we implement to ensure that the girls of our communities know that they are loved, valued, treasured and not alone in the trenches of their tragedies. Together, we can help them discover their true worth and value. For these very reasons, Daughters of Worth exists – Because She Matters. From providing her with food, to clothes, to helping to meet the basic needs of her personal hygiene, it is our hope that she will discover that if she can entrust us with the things of her physical needs, she can then trust us with the matters of her heart – which takes place in our GLAM girls (Girls Living a Mission) mentorship groups. This is the reason that we show up at the hospital when she has attempted to take her own life, to providing baby showers when she is expecting a baby, to spending hours discussing life with her – when she doesn’t know the next step to take. At the very core, we exist because she matters… And we want her to know this truth.”
– Liz Liles, Founder/CEO of Daughters of Worth
Daughters of Worth was established in 2015 with a mission to educate, equip and empower girls of all ages to become strong women of influence in their communities. Starting with only 12 middle/high school girls and Daughters of Worth now serves over 1,000 girls each month.
During 2019, Daughters of Worth has provided:
• 415 Hours of Mentoring
• 196 GLAM girls (Girls Living a Mission) sessions within 15 locations (schools and after-school programs)
• 560 Personal hygiene bags to girls in need
• 600 girls receive personalized, handwritten cards of encouragement and inspiration each month written from women of their communities
• 17 events held – serving more than 400 girls
• 80 girls received clothes
• 10 teen moms received baby showers for their expecting children and items/clothes/supplies for their children
• 7 girls received bags of food each week
• 2 girls received support and items needed while transitioning out of foster care and into independent living
• 8 girls (from group homes and homelessness) have received needed items for their bedrooms (including sheets, blankets and pillows)
• 2 girls (previously homeless and recently receiving shelter) received a couch and kitchen table
• 6 girls (homeless) received items needed for survival
• 30 girls reached out through phone call, text or message for individualized help.
Daughters of Worth does not receive any state/federal funding, and all programs are offered free of charge to participants, as well as to schools/after-school programs. Those who give directly help provide mentorship opportunity, as well as give to her need, at the level of the need. Sponsorship opportunities are available for only $20 month.
Advocacy and education is a key component of Daughters of Worth; schedule a time for a Daughters of Worth presentation about the work that we are doing daily to educate, equip and empower her, helping her to create the tomorrow of her dreams.
More information at
We are working toward NC being free of human trafficking through community and professional education programs, building coalitions and advocating for stronger anti-human trafficking legislation. To reduce human trafficking on a global scale, we introduce fair trade products into the local market.
We will be celebrating our 10-year anniversary throughout 2020.
• Quarterly human trafficking community education programs
• Human Trafficking 101: January 23, 2020, 6 p.m. at Sheppard Memorial Library
• Weekly newsletter highlights local, state, and national anti-human trafficking events
• Follow @ncstophumantrafficking on Facebook & @encstophumantrafficking on Instagram
Support the organization through the donations of time and/or money. We need the skills and passion of the community to affect the change we need to see in the anti-human trafficking movement. We facilitate the Pitt County Coalition Against Human Trafficking which brings together service providers and professionals in the community to improve human trafficking victim response.
In the first half of 2019, Stop Human Trafficking NOW educated 303 youth, 316 service providers, 259 community members, 147 lawmakers and government officials and 130 health care providers.
Mission: Provide community-based art for those touched by a mental, social-emotional, or physical situation by healing hearts and souls one brush stroke at a time.
Art supplies such as:
• Acrylic paints
• Paint brushes
• Canvases (11×14, 12×12)
• Table top easels
• Gift Cards to Michaels, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore
* All donations may be dropped off at E.B.Aycock Middle School Front Office ATTENTION Erin Barham/Erin’s Palette of Life.
• Sponsor a fund raiser!
• Paint-party fees cover supplies, with all proceeds donated to the charity of your choice.
Erin Stuart Barham,
Founder & Community-Based Artist, email@example.com
Mission: To Provide and Promote the Visual Arts through the Collection, Exhibitions, and Education.
With over 15,000 visitors a year and numerous lectures, programs, and tours throughout the year, the Museum is passionate about culturally enriching the lives of all who walk through its doors.
To learn more about exhibitions, collections, and upcoming events visit gmoa.org.
Support the Greenville Museum of Art by becoming a member! Members benefits include discounts on event tickets and discounts to other local businesses. More information at gmoa.org.
Mission: NC MedAssist is a nonprofit pharmacy program providing access to lifesaving prescription medications, patient support, advocacy and related services to poor, vulnerable, and uninsured North Carolina residents.
2019 Annual Report (State-Wide)
• 57,180 People Served
• 229,805 Prescriptions Filled
• $1 = $20 (Every $1 donated = $20 lifesaving prescription & OTC medications)
• Economic Impact: $150.4M ($74.4M Meds Dispensed + $76M NC Healthcare Savings)
• 52% of patients reported they are now able to buy groceries.
• 69% of patients reported their health is better now than one year ago
Every dollar helps. Your donation of $200 covers the cost of a year’s supply of lifesaving medication for one NC MedAssist patient. medassist.org/donate
MedAssist relies on the more than 4,000 volunteers who give nearly 16,000 hours of their time annually. medassist.org/volunteer
Mission: “We grant dreams to critically and chronically ill children from the ages of three through eighteen.”
How to Help:
Donate, volunteer, refer a child, start a chapter, participate in events, corporate partnership with amazonsmile, AmericanExpress, and ebay giving works
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For more information about Dream Factory visit dreamfactoryinc.org/chapters/northcarolina/
Mission: To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.
As important as research is, we must not neglect the needs of those living with ALS today.
The North Carolina Chapter works diligently to make sure all ALS patients receive the best possible care and support. With your support, we will be one step closer to finding a cause and cure for this disease while providing the necessary services to those living with and fighting ALS.
There are many ways for you to join the fight and help us #DefeatALS:
• Donate Now
• Stockings of Hope
• Join an Event
• Start or Support a Fundraiser
• Fundraising Toolkit
• Honor a loved one through our Community of Hope
• Sponsorship Opportunities
To learn more about these and other ways to give, visit webnc.alsa.org
Primary blood provider for Vidant Medical Center
“As a community blood center, all of the blood received through donations goes right back into the communities TBC serves. On average, it takes more than 600 blood donations per day to maintain an adequate, uninterrupted blood supply, with each donation saving up to three lives. Every two seconds, someone in the US needs a life-saving blood transfusion, and volunteer donors are the only source of the blood products that can save them. Blood products are used to help cancer patients, premature infants, burn victims, trauma cases, surgical procedures, and people with blood disorders. Chances are, we all know someone who has dealt with one of those. And because donors think giving blood is worth the time, those patients can have another birthday. That’s a powerful connection.”
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Mission: Connect volunteer knitters and crocheters with breast cancer survivors to offer free handmade prosthetic breasts to any woman who wants them.
Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. Our special volunteer knitters provide these FREE to those requesting them.
Donations of approved materials can be dropped off at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Greenville. A list of approved yarns and patterns can be found at www.knittedknockers.org/downloads/. Get involved with East Carolina Knitted Knockers by reaching out through their Facebook page: Knitted Knockers – East Carolina Chapter
Greenville and Pitt County make up one of the fastest growing areas in the state and the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce has been a major player in bringing new business and development into the county. The Chamber plays a vital role as a uniting force between business and citizens to ensure continued progress.
The Chamber is a volunteer organization of business, professional, industrial, and community leaders working together to create and maintain an economically strong county. Its objectives are designed to advance the development of the community, to ensure effective government, to maintain a favorable climate for sound economic growth, and to improve the overall quality of life for Pitt County’s citizens.
The countywide, 5-Star Accredited Chamber currently has more than 900 members and is managed by a member-elected Board of Directors. A professional staff working closely with the Chamber’s various committees handles the Chamber’s day-to-day operations. Ayden, Grifton, and Farmville affiliates, though an integral part of the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber, are independent and financially self-supporting organizations with their own members.
Revenue raised from membership investments goes back into the Chamber to support its personnel expenses, general operating costs, and programs. Located in the historic Fleming House on Greene Street in downtown Greenville, the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the continued growth and prosperity of Pitt County. The Chamber is equally committed to maintaining the natural resources and quality of life that make the area a garden spot and desirable place to live and work.
To learn more, visit greenvillenc.org
GTAC is a Non-Profit Organization established to educate, elevate, and expand the souls of inspiring artists and creative individuals through knowledge, experience, and resources that we provide within the community.
GTAC is looking to expand its audience of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, race, and gender
The best way to support the Greenville Theatre Arts Center (GTAC) is to be an advocate for the arts in our community. The organization supports artist in performing arts, musical arts, creative arts, visual arts, and applied arts. We want to provide a house for great local artists to have somewhere to speak their voice freely. We are raising funds to restore and renovate our house (The ‘Roxy Theater’). We would like to have preserve the ‘Roxy Theater’ as the David T. Payton Performing Arts Center.
For more information and to contribute to GTAC, visit FutureENT.org
Mission: To deal with food insecurity among the poor and homeless in our community.
JOY Soup Kitchen works in collaboration with other organization in the community to provice HIV screening and counseling, dental screening, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, and more.
• $50,000 annual operating budget
• Volunteer (2,500 hours per year)
• in-kind donations ($56,000 per year)
• Serving an average of 25,000 free meals per year
Download a Wish List of bulk items
~$2.00 per meal, so every dollar helps!
$250/month – 150 meals a day for 2 weeks
Monetary donations can made online or by sending a check to
JOY Soup Kitchen
c/o St Timothy’s Episcopal Church
107 Louis St | Greenville, NC 27858
Volunteer to assist with serving meals or providing food items.
More info JOYSoupKitchen.org
Mission: Washington Harbor District Alliance (WHDA) is a non-profit organization focused on economic development in the downtown historic business district located on the water in Washington, NC.
As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Washington Harbor District Alliance is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.
Visit https://whda.org/ for a list or members and upcoming events.
Mission: Cancer Services of Eastern North Carolina provides resources, support and education for individuals, families and caregivers who are affected by cancer. If you or someone you know is struggling with a cancer related issue, we are here for you.
• The diagnosis of cancer brings a tremendous amount of psychological stress and is a crisis for patients and their families
• 19 people in eastern North Carolina are diagnosed with cancer every day
• 8 eastern NC residents die of cancer each day
• Social support is one of the most important and yet often overlooked part of a treatment plan
Ways to Give
• Make a donation
• Host an event
• Host a workshop
• Attend an event
• Be a sponsor
• What is your talent? Share it!
Mission: to improve each participant’s quality of life so that they can become more independent, productive, and active members of our community.
• Therapeutic Riding
• Interactive Vaulting
• Ground School
• Equine Services for Heroes
• Healing with Horse
• Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
• Equine Assisted Learning
Get Involved: Volunteer, donate, become a sustainer, participate in fund raising events (Fall: Ghoulish Gallop, Spring: Derby Dash).
More info at rhrnc.com
Mission: To provide uninsured and under-insured breast cancer patients in North Carolina with financial assistance for quality, life-saving medical treatment.
Donate financially, host a fundraiser, volunteer
Pretty in Pink’s BEYOND THE RIBBON offers support for women going through cancer treatment in the form of:
• Special care bags to those who are newly diagnosed, preparing for surgery, beginning chemotherapy, and/or starting radiation treatment
• Prosthetic units and special pre- and post-surgery bras
• Wigs, camisoles, and other items
• Information and referral to other community resources
Love to sew or quilt? Download patterns to create special seat belt pillows, drain bags, eye bags, and other projects to ease discomfort for those going through treatments.
More information at https://www.prettyinpinkfoundation.org/what-we-do/beyond-the-ribbon/
The non-profit receives no government money and relies solely on the fundraising and grant writing efforts.
[vision] to see generations transformed by the power of the gospel
[mission] as we educate and equip in ways that bring dignity and hope
Third Street Academy is a private Christian school for boys, preK-5th grade, focusing on: character development, spiritual formation, high academic standards
Third Street Business & Workforce Development serves as a bridge to gainful employment for those who are typically difficult to employ through self-sustaining workforce development programs, including mentorship and job skills training.
Third Street Facility Services is a full-service lawncare and landscape management, including commercial and residential landscape design, installation, and care.
Third Street Catering, new in 2019, with online ordering! Appetizers, box lunches, salads, sandwich trays, lunch & dinner entrees, and desserts!
Get involved! Volunteer or participate in summer programing, 3rd Saturday of Service, or other events.
Plans for the Future
• Launch 4th-5th grades
• Launch CNA Workforce Cultivation program
Create space for dialogue around healing the racial divide
• Third Street Academy to offer Pre-K through 8th Grade
• Operating 3-5 successful small businesses
• Adult education opportunities provided and coordinated through local partnerships
• Build a Gym & Middle School building.
For more information, visit ThirdStreetEC.org