Latest Newsletter: Fun, Difficult, Exciting

Stay up to date on the latest happenings through Pivot’s latest newsletter as you:

  • Delight in Cupcakes and Trellis, the topics of the fall Pivot Plus event.
  • Walk through our tough decision about Semester #6 this fall.
  • Explore more about Leadership Winston-Salem’s project for Pivot.
  • Celebrate early results of our year-end fundraising efforts. Click here to help.
  • Acknowledge those who have honored or remembered others with their gifts.
  • Oh! And remember to use Pivot’s Amazon Smile link as you Christmas shop!

Check out our Newsletter Archive to learn more about Pivot’s story.

Do you know someone?  Is it you?  We are eager for conversations with potential participants, mentors, and other volunteers.  Spring 2023 semester will be here before we know it. Click here if you’re interested in volunteering or mentoring.  Let us know about a potential participant by making a referral.

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Scholarships for up to 8 women

  • ready to make a change
  • with no minor dependents at home
  • committed to attend and participate in weekly sessions
  • interested in building community with others
  • open to a Biblical foundation and a 1-on-1 Christian mentor

 

Have a Voice

  • Help choose class topics tailored to your strengths and interests
  • Make a difference for yourself, your classmates, and future participants

Interested?

Click here -or- contact Carol Polk or Michelle Minnich.

​A new semester of in-person classes with up to 10 women is scheduled to begin in late February/early March 2023 with COVID precautions

Pivot Selected for LWS Action Learning Project

Leadership Winston-Salem (LWS) is proud to announce the selection of Pivot Ministry as one of eight Action Learning Project recipients. The purpose of the Action Learning Project is to assign a group of eight community leaders to focus on a specific need of the organization. The team works together to provide a solution or recommendation for an issue or goal during a nine-month immersive learning experience. LWS is excited to partner with Pivot Ministry to help fulfill its service mission to the Winston-Salem community.

Action Learning Program (ALP) Overview:
Action learning projects bring LWS class participants together in a diverse team setting that fosters collaborative thinking and problem-solving. The Leadership Winston-Salem Action Learning Project program coaches new Flagship class participants through groups focusing on a project deliverable and the leadership learning process through inquiry, reflection, and feedback. ALP teams explore complex problems or potential opportunities for non-profit organizations through a fresh set of eyes and work together over nine months to meet specific goals that elevate how the organization impacts the community.

Pivot Graduate Featured in Article

After receiving one of two site grants from the national WMU Foundation earlier this year, Pivot and our part-time employee and Pivot graduate, Kim McDermott, were featured in an article that appears in two publications:

 

  • See the online article here, where you can also read about other successful graduates from similar Christian Women’s Job Corps sites
  • Or read the article here, as it was published in The Baptist Paper on August 18, 2022.

Needs & News

Take Action and enjoy many photos and inspirations in Pivot’s latest newsletter as you:

  • Celebrate Graduation #5 and a 100% graduation rate for the first time!
  • Meet our new Board Member, Volunteer Coordinator, and Events Team Leader
  • Read about a life-changing Lunch-N-Learn
  • Learn of 9 new laptops donated to Pivot ladies
  • Get involved with the imminent fall semester.  See the last article in newsletter
  • And, of course, support Pivot financially, as well

Check out our Newsletter Archive to learn more about Pivot’s story.

 

In The News / Share The News

Pivot was the featured nonprofit in the March 2022 issue of Winston-Salem Monthly magazine!  The article delves into what Pivot does, notes how we impact lives across our community, and raises awareness of Pivot.  YOU can help spread the news, too!  Check out the article HERE, and then share the link and your comments about Pivot within your sphere of influence via text, email, or social media.

PLUS: Consider donating – and asking others to donate – to reach our $15,000 spring goal, since YOU make #PivotPossible. Click HERE to donate.

RESOURCES:  Graphics are available for your social media posts HERE.

Pivot Celebrates the Graduation of its Fourth Class

Pivot's Fourth Class

Graduates of Pivot’s Fourth Class with their Mentors

On Saturday, December 11th, Pivot held a graduation ceremony for its fourth class of participants (Click here to watch on YouTube.) We are praising God for:

  • Three women who persevered through personal challenges and remained dedicated to completing the semester with Pivot!
  • Amazing instructors who taught and equipped the participants to make positive, life-transforming choices!
  • Scores of volunteers who spent hundreds of hours the last four months – everything from mentoring, to fundraising, to providing lunch, and so much more – is done by these faithful folks!
  • Community partners who help identify potential participants and connect them with resources to allow them to take steps in the right direction!
  • Financial and prayer supporters who keep this ministry going!

We’re so grateful for all these things and our God who makes then possible.

Exciting Year-End News

As the holiday season and year-end approach, join Pivot in celebrating several important milestones! The abbreviated list includes:

  • The fourth semester comes to a close on December 9th
  • Three fabulous women will graduate on Saturday, December 11th (COVID Protocols)
  • Our annual appeal for year-end donations – focused on THANKS – is officially in progress with a goal of $40,000 to sustain the ministry, change women’s lives, and glorify God. Click HERE to participate
  • #GivingTuesday on November 30th provides an additional opportunity for focused giving and for you to share the opportunity with others in your sphere of influence
  • We welcome conversations with potential participants, mentors and other volunteers for Spring 2022 semester. Contact us and send others our way, by all means.

Join us in celebrating all God is doing.

Fourth Semester of Classes Begin

Pictured is volunteer instructor Debbie Loftis.

Pictured is volunteer instructor Debbie Loftis.

For its fourth semester since inception, Pivot classes resumed in person in August with four passionate and motivated women and COVID protocols in place. Ranging in ages from 19 to 72, each of the participants is eagerly seeking new direction and next steps for her life. They are bonding to form community, laughing, crying, growing, and sharing with each other their challenges, celebrations, and progress, while already serving as accountability partners for each other. Incredible volunteer instructors are pouring into participants life-changing tools, knowledge, and growth opportunities. Mentors and participants are now matched and are beginning to develop trusting relationships. Pray for 100% graduation rate, so that all four women overcome barriers and follow through. Pray for participants, instructors, mentors, meal providers, and staff that this semester will be successful and life-changing so that each will flourish to be all God created them to be in relationships with themselves, with God, with others, and with their respective resources. Also pray for protection from COVID and other illness so that the classes will continue safely in person.

WE WON!

Carol accepts laptop from Solve, Inc.

Because Pivot supporters ‘Liked’ and ‘Shared’ during a recent contest hosted on Facebook — WE WON! We had 10 times the number of likes and shares as the runner up.

Pivot was one of seven local nonprofits in the running for a free laptop from Solve, Inc., a Triad-based Information Technology company.  Wendy Dixon of Solve presented the brand new laptop to Carol Polk on Friday, July 9th at noon. (View video here.)

Now we’ll have a dedicated computer in the Pivot classroom for instructors to use for their presentations! Thanks to Solve and our supporters for making this possible!