United Neighborhoods was launched in 2017 by United Way of Central Carolinas to change the odds for people living in the Charlotte region’s most disinvested neighborhoods. The program began in the Renaissance and Grier Heights neighborhoods and has since expanded into six more neighborhoods in the early stages of comprehensive revitalization—Brookhill, Hidden Valley, Lakeview, North End, Smithville and the West Boulevard corridor.


Working with lead partners in each community, United Way funds and guides the work toward achieving the collective goal of building thriving neighborhoods. Needs of these communities are identified by residents and addressed by a coalition of community stakeholders that includes schools, nonprofits, government officials, churches, hospitals and businesses.





Augustine Literacy Project | Offers free, long-term, one-on-one instruction from highly trained volunteer tutors to improve the reading, writing and spelling skills of low-income students struggling with literacy.


Beatties Ford Road Vocational Trade & Counseling Center | Provides skills and job training in a variety of traditional and non-tradition trades to students who are unemployed, underemployed, living at or below the poverty level or re-entering the community following incarceration.


Brookhill Community Association | Offers community services, resources and opportunities for residents to live safe, healthy and productive lives that pave the way for sustainable futures financially, physically and emotionally.


Care Ring | Provides health services and education for the uninsured, underinsured or those lacking access to affordable, high-quality preventive health care to empower individuals to establish and maintain good health.


Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center | Offers speech-language and hearing services to help individuals and families in need improve their quality of life and help make them successful, productive members of the community.


CrossRoads Corporation, Inc. | Provides a holistic approach to community development, economic mobility and neighborhood preservation through partnerships and youth, fellowship and housing programs that address critical needs in Grier Heights.


E2D – Eliminate the Digital Divide | Offers employment to high school students who help repair and refurbish donated laptops to help local families have affordable access to at-home technology and digital literacy.


Freedom School Partners | Provides a culturally diverse curriculum and summer enrichment opportunities to give children the resources they need to support their academic, social and emotional needs and inspire a love a reading and learning.


Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council | Offers programming that builds girls of courage, confidence and character and opportunities that allow every girl to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success.


Grace-Mar Services, Inc. | Provides education, counseling and professional networks to displaced workers, minorities and low-to-moderate-income families in the areas of financial literacy, job readiness/placement and self-empowerment.


Heart Math Tutoring | Offers young students one-on-one, volunteer-delivered tutoring to ensure that all elementary students develop a strong foundation in mathematics and an enthusiasm for academics needed for long-term success.


Hidden Valley Community Development Corporation | Provides a channel for financial resources to be invested into Hidden Valley, to pursue economic development and to support social, advocacy and educational activities that will enhance economic development in the community.


Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance |Offers neighborhood programs, events, meetings and leadership opportunities to ensure a safe, supportive and welcoming community where families can thrive.


North End Community Coalition | Provides programming connecting neighbors to opportunities and advocates for an equitable community across Charlotte’s North End neighborhoods.


On My Genius Campaign | Offers mentorship programs that build self-awareness, self-confidence and self-worth and resources to help young people navigate their lives to achieve positive outcomes.


Premier Foundation of North Carolina | Provides holistic health programming to strengthen the physical, mental and financial well-being of communities, including Grier Heights in Charlotte.


Renaissance West Community Initiative | Offers a holistic, place-based approach to neighborhood redevelopment that includes mixed-income housing, a cradle-to-career education continuum and wrap-around services including health, after school, academic, recreation and job training programs.


Smith Family Wellness Center | Provides medical and counseling services in a combined facility for families that are facing personal and family struggles and challenges, helping to address both physical and emotional needs.


Smithville CommUNITY Coalition | Offers a vision aimed at improving Smithville, the East Catawba Avenue corridor and Cornelius through economic development, housing, job training and programming for children, youth, families and others.


The Bulb | Provides a mobile market system in Charlotte and surrounding areas that offers mostly local produce as well as health and wellness education to food insecure neighborhoods.


The Learning Collaborative | Offers a tuition-free, high-quality preschool education through a unique partnership with children, families, parents, staff and the community to prepare underserved children and their families to succeed.


West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition | Provides support for community programs that facilitate information and engagement and improve public health, economic development and education for residents in 19 communities along the West Boulevard corridor.


Youth Development Initiatives | Offers evidence-based after school programming to give disadvantaged youth the guidance and life skills training necessary to finish high school prepared for college, vocational school, the military and/or a job.


YWCA Central Carolinas | Provides transitional housing for women and families facing instability, assists children through after school literacy programs, engages residents through racial justice and advocacy events and motivates people to reach their health and fitness goals.


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