My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Unifur Organizing Coalition, Hickory, NC, USA
My name is Renee Michaux and I was the person that was personally attacked in the first review that was posted about the organization. I was a volunteer staff member for UOC for 2.5 years and I have been with the organization for a total of 4 years. During my tenure with UOC I have never witnessed such a blatant attack on me or my co-workers. I have everyintention to fullest extent of the law of finding out who has slandered, "Slander Per Say" my name. My beliefs are this attack is associated with another employee who I supervise within the organization that has been an victim of several social media attacks and this situation has poured over into my life as well.
I believe that the person who wrote this review is very vindictive and will do everything within her power to attempt to hurt the staff member which I supervise and now myself. I have had several people to call my office to tell me that her family has said the same things to others that is in the content of the review that is full of falsehoods, lies, innuendo and warrant no additional attention.
It is obvious to UOC Board of Directors, UOC attorney's, my immediate supervisor, funders, supporters and organizational members that the person that wrote this review has never fulfilled the duties of a volunteer with the organization because the claims are not inline with the the programs that took place in 2012.
UOC did not have a "day camp" we had a summer camp in 2009, 2010 and 2011. During these times the organization contracted with a caterer "Pegues Catering" that provided the meals for the over 110 youth that were served throughout this time. When our caterer was not used we ordered hot meals for the youth each and everyday. If this were not so we would not have been able to service such a large program. The youth attended several field trips and attended several events while this program took place and due to a freeze in government funding this program had to end.
Scholarship Money: UOC did award scholarship money to the girls that participated in the pageant that followed through with their contractual obligations of the scholarship gifts. Over $3500 in scholarship money was awarded. Some of the participants failed to meet the requirements of this and this matter has been settled and closed by the approval of UOC Board of Directors.
Staff Pay: We have had over 35 employees employed at one time with UOC, and our payroll was never late. This is not a practice that the organization has ever participated in. Each employee has been compensated according to the NC Department of Labor and we have never had a payroll dispute or any complaints with NC Labor Board.
Volunteers in 2012: All staff were paid staff and volunteers did not work in our Conover office. UOC works in 31 counties in NC.
The organization specializes in Civil Rights and Social Justice Issues and I, myself have became a victim of what the organization tries to eliminate in NC. The majority of the work that we perform is completed through Civic Engagement Activities, Training, Education and Voter Participation.
Grant Writing: Each grant that the organization receives in the organizations name. There is no way that a developer could elude and keep secret the amount of any grant because board members have to sign off on each grant that is received or each grant that is applied for. The grants are deposited into the corporate account and each grant has their own earmarks, line items, and programmatic details that have to be adhered to according to the guidelines of the grantor. If a person is affiliated with a non-profit they would automatically have knowledge that there are several reports that have to be completed for each funder or donor.
My career spans in over 20 years of non-profit management and I have never been a victim of or accused of such heinous activities until now. I have managed budgets of over $10 million during my career. This is truly a personal attack against my character which has absolutely no merit and a blatant attack against our Board of Directors, Supporters, Members, Employees and Staff and we will work very diligently with the assistance of legal counsel to rectify this issue.
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