Giving Tuesday




We have a day for giving thanks.  #Giving Tuesday is a day to give back.    On Tuesday, November 27th, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.  We invite you to make a special donation in honor of one of the greatest givers in our community, Mrs. Joyce C. Jones who has been the Founder and Director of LIFE of NC and the STRIVE job training program these last 19 years.

Share us in celebrating the work of this one amazing individuals and the countless lives she has changed. We invite you to GIVE ON GIVING TUESDAY to her Legacy Fund and share your comments on Facebook about the impact Mrs. Jones has had.  #GivingTuesday.


Duke Energy Foundation Awards Grant to LIFE of NC

The Duke Energy Foundation awarded Life of NC a $5000 grant for local community workforce readiness training.

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Duke Energy Foundation awarded $5000 to LIFE of NC under the foundation’s Workforce Development initiative. Funds will be used to support Job Readiness and Attitudinal Training Program participants for classroom training, job search and job placement. Duke Energy Community Relations District Manager Millie Chalk, center, met with (left) Toni Lewis, Project Connect Work Navigator and STRIVE graduate, and (right) Ronda Barnes, Disaster Employment Readiness Program Work Navigator and STRIVE graduate.

Success Stories

“After spending seven years inside NC Department of Corrections, over a quarter of my life, I was nervous about returning back to a now foreign society. I felt that my character had been properly refined and that I was mentally ready, but I also knew that in many other areas of life I was completely unprepared. I could not answer how I would obtain basic things for survival such as food, clothing and shelter and I knew that without these things recidivism was a very real possibility no matter how much I did not desire to return to my former way of life. The STRIVE program answered my prayers and systematically helped me with my reentry by giving me job training, providing me with basic necessities, assisting me with enrolling in college and also giving me invaluable encouragement and support during rough times. Thanks to all the time, energy, compassion, and effort by the staff. I am now gainfully employed working two jobs, pursuing a degree in computer information technology, involved in community activism and thoroughly enjoying life in general. The STRIVE program is a pillar of strength and support to many other people who are genuinely pursing to change their lives for the better and I am deeply appreciative and indebted to it for the radical change that it has assisted me in making in my life. Shout outs to Ms. Whittaker, Mr. Jeffrey T. Joyner and Ms. Joyce Jones who have all become like family and have put in so much effort so that I can be successful.”
-Brenton Grice



‘The Crisis of Minority Unemployment’

‪#‎STRIVE‬ is pleased that The New York Times published a letter to the editor by our CEO, Phil Weinberg. The letter, a response to the Times’ Feb. 21 editorial, “The Crisis of Minority Unemployment, ” notes that “the crisis of urban unemployment burns with greater intensity than ever” – but there are proven ways to combat it.

Read the letter, and let us know what you think.…/04/opinion/jobs-for-minorities.html

STRIVE NC Graduate Success Story: Ronda Barnes

Our very first LIFE of NC / STRIVE Video is here & we couldn’t be happier with the final cut!!!! Thank you so much to the Bob Barker Foundation, Alex & his entire team at Your Local Studio & to our SUPER STAR, Ronda Barnes!

We are so excited to share with our community Ronda’s amazing story about the impact the STRIVE NC program has had on her LIFE! She is a true inspiration to so very many!