Initiative Aimed At Rebuilding Trust and Creating Opportunities
Unite Charlotte, a new community fund established in response to the recent unrest in Charlotte, will support programs and organizations focused on community healing, rebuilding trust and creating opportunities, including work being done by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force.
Initially supported by a $250,000 donation from Wells Fargo and a $100,000 donation from Duke Energy, the fund will be housed at United Way of Central Carolinas and will be administered through a partnership with Foundation For The Carolinas, and will have an advisory committee consisting of leaders from the faith, education, and business communities, as well as community-based organizations and donors.
Sept. 26 - United Way joins Opportunity Task Force in issuing A Statement of Commitment
"We are committed to this community's healing, and more resolved than ever to change Charlotte's direction and provide real opportunity for all," said Sean Garrett, Executive Director of United Way. "We will work with our partners from the various local communities and organizations to invite them to join us in this effort."
"Wells Fargo is committed to being part of the solution in responding to issues Charlotte is facing," said Kendall Alley, Wells Fargo's Regional President for Charlotte. "We want to join United Way and show our support for Foundation For The Carolinas and the Opportunity Task Force during this challenging time."
"Unite Charlotte is the latest example of businesses, nonprofits and civic organizations coming together for the benefit of the Charlotte community," said Lynn Good, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy. "Keeping our communities vibrant and strong is just as important to Duke Energy as keeping the lights on, and we are honored to do our part."
The Opportunity Task force has been in existence for two years and has been examining the barriers to upward mobility and job opportunities, as well as discrimination in Charlotte.
"We want to take what is a tragic situation and use this opportunity to have a different kind of dialogue, relying on what we've learned about institutional racism so that we can bring about true systemic change for our community," said Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, co-chair of the Opportunity Task Force.
"Our team members, customers and the local community have all been impacted by these events," added Mary Mack, Head of Community Banking for Wells Fargo. "We hope this grant will play an important role in helping Charlotte heal and move forward in a purposeful, strategic and positive way."
Those wishing to join the effort can click here now to make a donation.