Community Partner Directory

The Office of Civic & Community Engagement (OCCE) invites you to explore our community partners in Winston-Salem.

Each point on the map represents a community partner engaged with an office, program, group, or initiative at Wake Forest University. Sites are color-coordinated by interest area. Search the map, or find the list of our community partners below.

Don’t see yourself on the map? Contact Camry Wilborn for updates.


Community Partners By Focus Area

  • Advocacy

    Institute on Dismantling Racism, Inc. – Educates, organizes, and supports communities and organizations in developing policies and procedures to create diverse and inclusive cultures.

    Legal Aid of North Carolina – A statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barrier to economic opportunity.

    NAACP – An organization to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race prejudice.

  • Aging

    Azalea Terrace – A senior living apartment community that provides affordable housing for residents of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

    Senior Services – A non-profit organization with a mission to help older adults remain at home for as long as possible and to help them live with dignity.

    The Shepherd’s Center – An interfaith ministry that promotes and supports successful aging by providing direct services, volunteer opportunities, and enrichment programs for older adults.

    Sticht Center For Healthy Aging & Alzheimer’s Prevention – A state-of-the-art geriatric clinical and research center.

  • Alleviating Poverty

    City with Dwellings – An organization which works with people experiencing homelessness while emphasizing community, relationships, and trust through operating overflow shelters and doing street outreach.

    Crisis Control Ministry – An organization which offers targeted short-term emergency assistance to individuals in acute need and crisis while emphasizing respect and compassion.

    Dress for Success – An organization which empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

    Experiment in Self-Reliance – An organization which empowers social and economic self-reliance for the working low-income and homeless.

    Family Services – Works to help children, families and individuals to escape hardship, economic or otherwise, specifically focusing on childhood development, family violence, sexual assault, counseling, and pregnancy/adoption.

    Goodwill – Through the sale of donated items in stores, funds employment and training programs to empower people experiencing hard times.

    Habitat for Humanity – A powerful engine of collaboration and reciprocity whereby those who qualify–by having a history of steady income, verifiable need and a willingness to work hard–soon become involved in giving help to others.

    Samaritan Ministries – An interdenominational, volunteer-based Christian ministry that serves Winston-Salem and Forsyth County by providing a soup kitchen, a 70-bed homeless shelter for men, and a substance abuse recovery programs.

    The Shalom Project – Develops programs that challenge the cycle of poverty in the Winston-Salem community with a spirit of inclusion, compassion and justice.

    The Winston-Salem Urban League – Empowers and advocates for African Americans and other disenfranchised communities and promotes socioeconomic progress and parity through education, training, and civic engagement.

  • Arts & Culture

    a/perture – A community cinema focused on showcasing informative, educational, thought-provoking and inspiring films.

    Authoring Action – A program which empowers youth and allows them to express themselves through creative writing, speech, film, and design.

    New Winston Museum – A museum which preserves, promotes, and presents the dynamic history and diverse stories of the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County community through education and collaboration.

    The Olio – A non-profit educational glassblowing facility and social enterprise focused on community, arts, entrepreneurship, and sustainability.

    Positive Image Performing Arts – A positive and fun-loving performing arts environment in which students are taught to achieve their own unique ability and talent.

    University of North Carolina School of the Arts – A top-ranked creative and performing arts conservatory in Winston-Salem, NC, providing gifted emerging artists with experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and in their lives.

  • Children/Youth

    ABC of NC – An organization which provides diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational services for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

    Alphabest – An organization which creates out-of-school programs for children to engage children’s minds, expand their horizons, and provide parents with a sense of security.

    Authoring Action – A program which empowers youth and allows them to express themselves through creative writing, speech, film, and design.

    Best Choice Center – An academically focused YWCA program that provides after school care, enrichment activities, and summer camp for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters – An organization which matches adult volunteers with children ages 6 through 18 for mentorship.

    The Children’s Center – A care center primarily serving children with orthopedic and/or long-term chronic health impairments.

    Crossnore Children’s Home – A non-profit organization providing residential foster care for children in crisis from North Carolina.

    Cub Scouts – An organization for elementary school aged children which works to make them into well-functioning members of their communities.

    Forsyth Backpack Program – A program that feeds chronically hungry school children in the local school system so they can grow physically and mentally. 

    Junior AchievementA program which provides students in Forsyth County with in-class curriculum surrounding financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship. 

    Kaledium – An organization which develops exhibits and programming that fuse STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), literacy, and arts education into an integrated approach to learning in order to prepare early learners for school and spark all children’s imaginations and their desire to learn more.

    Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club – A Boys and Girls Club on Reynolds Park Road. 

    LEAD Girls of NC – An organization dedicated to providing the tools and resources that low-income/at-risk preteen girls must have to become productive citizens and active leaders in their communities. 

    The Parenting PATH – An organization which works to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect by providing a variety of services aimed at strengthening families, enhancing parent-child relationships and increasing community awareness.

    The Potter’s House for Children – A neighborhood-based community resource center.

    The Salvation Army International Boys and Girls Club – A community space which provides tutoring and help with homework, monitors report cards and school absences, and provides individual help with end-of-grade tests.

  • Community Organization

    Belview Park – A Winston-Salem City park and neighborhood center. 

    Boston Thurmond UnitedA resident-led, holistic revitalization initiative in the Boston-Thurmond neighborhood.

    Forsyth Humane Society – An animal shelter with a goal of increasing the save rate of shelter dogs and cats. 

    Group Homes of Forsyth (Springwell Network, Inc.) – Quality residential care and training for adult persons with mental challenges and/or other intellectual developmental disabilities. 

    HandsOn NWNC – An organization which mobilizes the people and organizations that inspire community change in Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties by offering capacity building programming and connecting community resources.

    The Hispanic League – An organization which strives to improve the quality of life for hispanics/latinos through promoting community inclusion, education, health, and multicultural understanding. 

    IFB Solutions – An organization which creates opportunities, builds community, and provides independence for people who are blind or visually impaired.

    Latino Community Services – An organization which partners with Latino families to equip children and adults to fulfill their educational and economic potential, with hope for a positive and healthy future.

    Love Out Loud – A faith-based organization that works to connect servant leaders, volunteers, and resources throughout Winston Salem.

    Neighbors for Better NeighborhoodsAn organization which supports neighborhood groups and encourages resident led-problem solving, by providing technical assistance and organizing support, learning, and leadership opportunities, along with grassroots grants for great ideas that promote growth and development in neighborhoods. 

    Polo Park Recreation Center – A local park and community center. 

    YWCA – An organization which works through advocacy and local programming to eliminate racism and empower women.

  • Education

    Ashley Elementary School – A Forsyth County public elementary school. 

    Atkins High School – A Forsyth County public high school.

    Brunson Elementary School – A Forsyth County public elementary school. 

    Carter G. Woodson School – A K-12 school in Winston-Salem with a mission to empower and encourage its students. 

    Carver High School – A Forsyth County public high school. 

    Cook Literacy Model School – A Forsyth County public elementary school.

    Crosby Scholars – An organization which provides access to college for all students by helping students and their families better understand the college admissions and financial aid processes. 

    Diggs Latham Elementary School – A Forsyth County public elementary school. 

    East Forsyth High School – A Forsyth County public high school. 

    Forsyth Technical Community College – A community college which provides students with guided educational pathways into a competitive workforce for the community and global economy through vocational instruction, training in skilled trades, college transfer and two-year degree programs, corporate training, continuing education, and personal enrichment classes.

    Gibson Elementary School – A Forsyth County public elementary school. 

    Ibraham Elementary School – A Forsyth County public elementary school. 

    Imprints Cares – An early childhood education nonprofit that has been providing services to Forsyth County families for 50 years.

    Kimberley Park Elementary School – A Forsyth County public elementary school.

    Kimmel Farm Elementary School – A Forsyth County public elementary school.

    Mt. Tabor High School – A Forsyth County public high school.

    Northwest Middle School – A Forsyth County public middle school.

    Old Town Elementary School – A Forsyth County public elementary school. 

    Paisley IB Magnet School – A Forsyth County public school for grades 6-10.

    Parkland High School – A Forsyth County public high school.

    Reagan High School – A Forsyth County public high school. 

    Salem College – A women’s college in Winston-Salem. 

    The Special Children’s SchoolA Forsyth County school for general preschoolers and elementary schoolers with significant developmental disabilities. 

    TURN Tutoring, Inc.A non-profit community-based organization that provides tutoring and enrichment services to children who attend schools within Forsyth County.

    West Forsyth High School – A Forsyth County public high school. 

    Winston Salem State University – A historically black constituent institution of the UNC system in Winston-Salem, focused on liberal education. 

    Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy – A Forsyth County public school for grades 6-10, focused on preparing students for enrollment in 4-year undergraduate programs.

    University of North Carolina School of the Arts – A top-ranked creative and performing arts conservatory in Winston-Salem, NC, providing gifted emerging artists with experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and in their lives.

  • Environmental Sustainability

    Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful -The local chapter of Keep America Beautiful, responsible for enhancing the appearance of the city through clean-up events, beautification projects and educational activities.

    Piedmont Environmental Alliance – Organizes events and programs to inspire environmentally sustainable action and lifestyle choices. 

    Yadkin River Keeper – Creates programs to work with residents, regulators and elected officials throughout the Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin to ensure compliance with the federal Clean Water Act and NC pollution control laws.

  • Government Agency

    Forsyth County Court System – The county-level judicial system under which Winston-Salem falls.

    Forsyth County Public Library – The local organization of public libraries in Forsyth County.

    Forsyth County’s District Attorney’s Office – Represents the State with integrity and professionalism, while protecting victims and their rights, in the pursuit of justice. 

    Winston-Salem Police Department – The city police department for Winston-Salem, NC.

    Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System – Forsyth County’s network and administration of public schools. 

  • Health/Food Access

    Cobblestone Farmers Market – An all-local, sustainable producers-only market that brings fresh, healthy foods into downtown Winston-Salem.

    FaithHealthNC – A network of congregations, health care providers and community organizations which works to leverage faith assets to improve health in the community.

    HOPE – An organization which uses community-wide volunteer support to prepare and bring nutritious weekend meals to the thousands of children in Forsyth County who are at risk for hunger.

    Imagine Forsyth – A community-centric partnership between neighbors, business, non-profit, civic, and philanthropic organizations whose interests focus on improving health and wellness outcomes for people in Forsyth County. 

    New Communion – A faith-based organization with the goal of enhancing community relationships and diminishing the impacts of hunger and food insecurity by sharing abundance to expand food and financial sponsorship to support securing healthy nutrition for all.

    Novant Health Forsyth – Provides emergency services, medical services, surgical services, rehabilitation and behavioral health services.

    Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem – A ‘home away from home’ for families with children receiving treatment in our community’s medical facilities. 

    Second Harvest Food Bank – Provides essential food assistance through a network of partners, while educating and engaging our communities in the elimination of hunger and its causes.

    SHARE Co-Op – Provides food, nutrition education/advice, coping skills counseling/immigrant sustainability support, and local health/food equity policy support to the community. 

    Twin City Harm Reduction Collective – Seeks to improve the health and lives of people who use drugs in North Carolina and surrounding areas.

  • Immigration/Refugee Resettlement

    Delicious by Shereen – A catering business which serves Egyptian and Middle Eastern cuisine by employing refugee women, allowing them to work while they adapt to life in America. 

    World Relief (Winston-Salem) – An organization which works to empower the local Church and engage community partners to welcome refugees, immigrants, and survivors of human trafficking with services and support that restore lives and hope.

  • Philanthropy

    Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust – Works locally and statewide to improve equitable access to opportunity with a focus on grantmaking to achieve long-term, sustainable outcomes to support thriving communities and thriving residents. 

    The Winston-Salem Foundation – A local, community-based funder that collaborates with nonprofits, funders, and community leaders to build a more equitable community through grants, philanthropic services, and student scholarships.

    United Way of Forsyth County – An organization committed to lasting positive impact accomplished by working collectively and collaboratively with their partners, investors and resources, along with passionate community members.