The Foundation
Universal has a strong sense of social responsibility providing community support through programmatic support for 501(c)(3) organizations through the Foundation. The Foundation is committed to goodwill as is evident in its investment in the community and in addition to financial support, promotes employee volunteerism. The Company also provides support for events through corporate contributions.

Universal currently has significant business operations in the following locations:

  • Oxford (Granville County), North Carolina
  • Rocky Mount (Nash County), North Carolina
  • Wilson, North Carolina
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Kenbridge, Virginia

Periodically we shine our spotlight on one of the programs or events we support. Perhaps yours will be next. Good luck, and thank you for what you do for our communities.

Universal Leaf Foundation Supports Northstar Academy

By: Lynne Berkness, Director of Development

At Northstar Academy, we value people over labels. We ensure an educational experience that is both traditional and unconventional, recognizing the unique needs of each student. While using innovative methods to unlock student talents, we recognize our students’ desires to participate in activities that will enrich their school experiences. We provide state-of-the-art technology in our classrooms in order to give our students every possibility to access the curriculum and express themselves. Using the arts as a gateway to learning and expression, we guide students to think differently about themselves, and we help parents think differently about their child. We provide vocational and educational support as our upper school students plan for their future, and we are here to support them in their life pursuits. We give our students a place to call their educational home.

We serve students with 12 of the 13 disabilities identified by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) in grades Kindergarten through 12. We also offer Career Academy to students ages 16-22; there they can take courses and gain workplace experience in the fields of Business Administration, Construction/Maintenance, Health Occupations, Hospitality, Materials Handling and Veterinary Assisting.

Academic lessons are adapted to reflect students’ unique goals and abilities. While students in the same class may be studying the same topics, we customize their assignments and expectations to their individualized education plans...

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