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Basic Needs

To solve the complex issues we face in our community, we start with the basics by making sure our neighbors have what they need to survive.

When people struggle to meet vital needs — like food, shelter, and safety — everything else becomes more difficult. Through programs that provide support during crises, we can help them get back on their feet for good.

Temporary Assistance

The problem with crises is they come when you least expect them, so we work with individuals and families through our network of partners to provide temporary shelter, food access and financial assistance, establishing a path to help position them for a brighter tomorrow.

Safety and Stability

The inability to access basic services can threaten the livelihood of our neighbors. By supporting people’s basic needs, we are creating the conditions necessary for survival, success and independence.

United Way’s NC 2-1-1 serves as a critical resource to support members of our community who find themselves in need of assistance. The free and confidential referral service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 2-1-1 or visiting

Tackling Food Insecurity in West Charlotte

For residents like Ms. Moore, eating well and accessing healthy, affordable groceries on a consistent basis are challenging when living in a lower-income, food insecure community.

The Impact of Recession

Rich never thought it could happen to him. For 40 years, he had a successful career. Then Rich lost his job, his insurance, and almost his life. Free healthcare programs helped Rich regain his health and become productive again.

It Takes a Village

We partner with local agencies focused on meeting the most basic needs of families to foster lasting change where it matters most: where we live.

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