Organizations in Need of Ongoing Support
Charlotte Rescue Mission: Donations are needed to help re-supply pantry and other food supplies at their two locations. To donate, visit their website. If you or your business/church/other group want to sponsor one meal for all the residents, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CMS and Promising Pages: Set-up food and supplies distribution area, hand out books and supplies, and clean up materials at the conclusion of the event. Sign up here. Volunteer to organize book/learning packages for students here.
CMS Foundation: Established a Fund to buy technology (including connectivity) for kids in need so they can continue to learn remotely. To learn more about the initiative, including their partnerships with other local nonprofits, and to donate, click here.
Community Link is providing food for individuals and families in 16 North Carolina counties who don’t have enough to eat. Many are single moms with children who aren’t getting meals at schools now. The non-profit is also identifying housing for homeless customers and conducting virtual inspections to ensure properties are safe. This need has taken on added urgency as we seek to limit community spread of COVID-19. Donate here.
UrbanPromise Charlotte is looking to buy gift cards for their families and teenage ‘Street Leaders.’ Link here.
Block Love: Needs donations of snacks / pop-top canned goods and clothes for distribution on Sunday mornings in Uptown. Website and contact info.
QC Family Tree: Looking for online tutors and snacks/books/school supplies. Follow social media for information. Their Amazon Wishlist has needed items and are accepting donations here to assist with rent relief efforts with their neighbors.
Freedom Communities: Donate to their fund that is supporting the families of 166 children who attend Bright Future Learning Center in West Charlotte. The money raised will be distributed for families to afford diapers, formula, soap, toilet paper, and other hygiene products.
Donating Blood: Blood drive organizations are asking for healthy people to go donate blood now, while they are healthy, which could prevent a shortage later as regular surgeries will still need blood. Websites: One Blood and Charlotte Red Cross.
ourBRIDGE: after school program for immigrant and refugee children where kids get help with homework, have fun, and enjoy a healthy dinner. They are supporting families with care packages of food, toys, books, hand sanitizer, and more. Donate online, or drop off goods at their center at 3925 Willard Farrow Drive.
The Bulb: mobile produce stand, supplies and delivers food-insecure neighborhoods with produce. Support them by buying items on their Amazon Wish List.
Project BOLT: Grassroots group that is combining grassroots efforts to alleviate food shortages via delivery and pop up stations. Donations to support this effort can be sent via CashApp to $projectbolt.
Atheists Helping the Homeless Charlotte meets “on the block” the first Sunday each month at 164 Phifer. Provides hot breakfast and a free store of clothing and hygiene stuff. We are always looking for donations of clothing and toiletries. You can volunteer and/or donate $$ via their website.
Support Local or Else: Stay connected and supported to local, small Charlotte businesses. Take a look at all the options on their website.
Charlotte Responds Coalition: Mobilizing faith and/or nonprofit organizations to connect volunteers and resources to support the food distribution plan for children in need of food at one of the following 69 points of distribution. Sign up to help coordinate volunteers at one of the CMS distribution centers here (note: this is not for general volunteer signup).
Heal Charlotte: Help feed the community and support a local black business! Join Heal Charlotte and Uptown Yolk Cafe in feeding 100 kids breakfast in the community of Orchard Trace. Hoping to raise $2,000 for 4 weeks of breakfast. You can donate at www.healcharlotte.org.
Housing CLT: Consider donating to the Housing CLT / Socialserve direct assistance fund, which provides assistance including rent supplements or application fees paid directly to property providers to secure or retain housing for HousingCLT tenants, who are facing financial hardships due to work hour cutbacks.
Service Industry Support: Website that allows you to tip various local workers in the Charlotte service industry.
Housing Justice Coalition: Sign the “We Need Guaranteed Housing in NC During the COVID-19 Pandemic” petition online to encourage state and local leaders to implement measures that stop foreclosures/evictions, guaranteed housing, and more.
Loaves and Fishes will be looking for new drivers to deliver boxes of food that will provide seven days of meals to people who are unable to leave their homes: Volunteer link. Have also created a virtual way to donate food: Virtual Food Drive link
Second Harvest is always looking for new volunteers to sort food in order to increase speed of food service capabilities. Can also send online donations. Volunteer and donation info.