Showing Our Gratitude for Publix

Did you know that Publix is United Way's 3rd largest donor worldwide? Despite being in only six states, Publix contributed a staggering $62 million to United Way through their most recent campaign.


Here in the Charlotte region, their impact similarly surpasses their footprint - at only 11 stores open (so far) within this United Way's five-county area, they're already one of our top 10 donors, and closing in fast on the top 5!

As our way applauding Publix's incredible embrace of United Way locally, our team recently participated in Publix Appreciation Day, visiting each store and the local corporate office to thank all of their employees in person. A few examples of our field trip can be seen here on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Thank you, Publix!

United Way Visits The Charlotte Podcast

What does United Way do? Why did United Way acquire Hands On Charlotte, and what is the larger role of volunteerism in our community? What is the goal of the Unite Charlotte fund, and how do you apply for Unite Charlotte funding?


United Way executive director Sean Garrett discussed that and more with John and Miller in episode 58 of The Charlotte Podcast, a weekly show that brings new perspectives to local listeners.

The show touches on a variety of topics, from evaluating the effectiveness of local nonprofits to whether Charlotte needs a Grandmama statue. (Short answer: it does, but United Way can't fund it.) If you want to make a difference but don’t know where to begin, be sure to listen all the way to the end.

Listen to The Charlotte Podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud, or the CP website to learn how to get involved today.

Increasing Engagement by Making Volunteerism Easier

The core of United Way's work is to bring communities together to create a better life for all.

Fundamental to that focus is volunteer engagement and civic participation. Toward that end, we are expanding the capacity of our Volunteer Center by acquiring Hands On Charlotte, one of the most successful volunteer organizations in the region.

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United Way’s Volunteer Center has led community volunteerism in Charlotte for more than four decades, particularly focusing on corporate groups. Working primarily with individual volunteers, Hands On Charlotte has done the same for 25 years - starting back in 1991 when United Way backed its initial founding.

The key driver to bring the two organizations together now is to provide our community with a single, unified resource for volunteersm and increase opportunity community-wide for engagement at both the corporate and individual level.

In a nutshell, we believe this move will make it easier for people to volunteer ... which will increase the number of people who take the time to get involved ... which will help change even more lives across the Charlotte region.

The Hands On Charlotte brand will carry on and be incorporated into United Way when the merger is complete later this winter, with Hands On Charlotte's staff becoming part of the United Way Volunteer Center.

Watch for volunteer opportunities to grow in 2017!

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