United Way of Rutherford County

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**Please note** There are three trainings, please scroll down

          Overcoming Trauma and Building Resilience


We recognize that there are so many issues percolating in our society

right now that have powerful impacts on mental wellbeing, overall

health, and that can be triggers for substance use disorder. United Way

of Rutherford County is honored to work with Dr. Wanda Boone of Durham

Together for Resilient Youth to bring you two special events that will

address collective and individual trauma AND provide information about

how to build resilience for yourself and for our community.


On Thursday, July 30th we'll have a two hour workshop with Dr. Boone,

who is nationally recognized for her work around Adverse Childhood

Experiences (ACEs) and resilience building. Dr. Boone will provide an

overview of how trauma affects the brain, historic trauma related to

racism, how this impacts substance use/mental health and overall health,

along with tools for building resilience. The event will be virtual from

10am-12noon. This event is geared toward human services providers

including mental and behavioral providers, educators, guidance

counselors, law enforcement, social service agencies and social workers,

medical providers, vocational service providers, etc.


Later that evening, from 6:30pm-8:30pm we'll meet with Dr. Boone again

(virtually) for a more informal session that focuses on the same topics

but with a vastly expanded opportunity for YOUR interaction and sharing.

Dr. Boone wants to hear your stories as well as our community stories to

share insights and skill building that's tailored to our community and

our residents. This is an opportunity to share some of your anxieties

and concerns about current events including disparate impacts of

COVID-19, violence, systemic racism, social divisiveness, or grief just

to name a few examples. This is the type of event where we encourage you

to bring your circle together (with appropriate health safety measures,

of course) and participate with those closest to you to help foster

meaningful dialogue and have support close by because some of the

content could be challenging.


Please note: you must register for each event separately. Both events

are live virtual events and you will receive the Zoom links in your

confirmation email after you register.


Thursday, July 30, 2020 10:00 AM-12PM

Building Resilience in the Face of Racial Trauma, Disparities, and


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Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:30 PM-8:30PM

Overcoming Trauma and Building Resilience: A Community Dialogue

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United Way's capacity building trainings that were planned for the Spring of 2020 were delayed due to immediate and urgent needs surrounding COVID-19 as well as due to social distancing and safety concerns. We're thrilled to announce that our previously scheduled trainings will be provided over the summer. We have a virtual training on Building Recovery Supports scheduled for July 29th from 10am-12pm.

The training is in partnership with MAHEC so CEUs are attached to it.

It's free but you must register.


Kurtis Taylor, BSW, Executive Director of Alcohol Drug Council of North Carolina is the trainer for this event. We're excited to have Kurtis working with us again for this training opportunity. Those of you who've had the pleasure of participating in our prior workshops with Kurtis know that he's in long term recovery and he's a fierce and compassionate advocate for services and supports for those with substance use disorder and their families.


Here is the link for program information and registration:











Our Services



See our list of partnering agencies.



We canvassed the county to gather input from residents via surveys and focus groups that were held throughout the county



We partnered with FamilyWize to distribute prescription discount cards free-of-charge.

United Way of Rutherford County Community divided up in two focus groups:


  • $25 a month will provide the following services to a child that has been physically or sexually abused: an interview in a child friendly environment by a trained child forensic interviewer, counseling for a licensed therapist to assist in the healing proces, and support throughout the court process for the child and non-offending caregivers.
  • $31.25 will provide a daily meal for a week for a home bound senior.
  • $3.30 per week will help with rent or heating assistance for a month for a family with minor children.
  • $4 per week will allow a mentally challenged child to attend one week of summer camp.


  • Volunteers are at the heart of the United Way decision-making. As a result, fundraising and administrative costs are held to a minimum, making your gift work as hard as you do.
  • We're Effective - Each year United Way touches the lives of more than 30,000 Rutherford County residents. Clearly no other organization helps so many people in so many ways.
  • We're Accountable - Independent audits of United Way and its agencies are conducted and analyzed annually. In fact, everything we do is governed by an active board of directors.

Upcoming Events

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January 22, 2020 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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