United Way of Alamance County (UWAC) will kick off its 2018 Campaign by shedding light on the effects of toxic stress on children with United Way Day 2018: Building A RESILIENT Community. This year, on August 30, United Way of Alamance County will focus on a serious issue – the lasting health effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) on children in our community. The two-part event will feature a community breakfast and conversation at 8 AM at Front Street United Methodist Church (136 S Fisher St, Burlington, NC 27215 ) focusing on easing the effects of trauma.

This year’s panelists include:

  • Betsey Tilson, MD. State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Laura Marx, President, and CEO, United Way of North Carolina
  • Stacie Saunders, Health Director, Alamance County Health Department
  • Susan Osborne, Director, Alamance County Department of Social Services
  • Tim Britt, Chief Deputy, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office

Later in the afternoon, UWAC will host two showings of the groundbreaking documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope at the United Way of Alamance County offices at 220 E. Front Street, Burlington, NC 27215.  Following each viewing at 1 PM and 3 PM, there will be a discussion on what we can do as residents of Alamance County to become a RESILIENT community.

“To build a thriving community, we must have a strong foundation, and that starts with our children,” says Heidi Norwick, President of United Way of Alamance County.

“By identifying the root causes of toxic stress, we can come together to work on eliminating them and create an environment of hope for our children, our families, and our community,” states Norwick.

The events are both open to the public. Tickets for the Community Breakfast are $10 and can be purchased at If you cannot attend, please consider a donation to United Way of Alamance County to fight toxic stress and create resiliency. You can do so at or on the UWAC website at