United Way of Central Carolinas announced today a streamlined community impact strategy focused on building stronger neighborhoods, improving the systems that serve children and families, and providing basic needs support across our region. The targeted approach will be fueled by broad civic engagement that brings together the people, resources and services necessary to improve economic mobility.


The strategy will drive focused collaboration among our community stakeholders — nonprofit partners, corporate partners, community leaders, donors, volunteers and residents — to address community-specific challenges with an emphasis on education, health and financial stability.


“Economic opportunity comes from strong families, vibrant neighborhoods and a fully engaged community,” said Sean Garrett, United Way’s executive director. “We believe strongly from what we’ve seen and heard through our hundreds of community conversations over the past few years, and in the findings of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, that it will take simultaneous focus on neighborhood transformation, as well as changes in the system, to create an environment of opportunity for all.”


United Way will utilize its unique position at the center of the nonprofit, government, philanthropic and business communities to re-envision a human services system centered on the needs of families. At the neighborhood level, United Way will work with key partners and community residents to drive transformation and revitalization efforts.


“Our community is made up of caring people who want to be involved,” said Garrett. “What’s exciting about our work moving forward is we are providing avenues for everybody to take control of the future of our community.”


In conjunction with the new impact strategy, United Way today announced a $16.4 million community investment into health and human services programs across our region beginning July 1. These funds are in addition to the $481,517 in Unite Charlotte grants released earlier this year for local nonprofits and neighborhood organizations.


The annual investment will provide funding to 78 agencies and 148 programs across Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Anson County, Cabarrus County, Union County and Mooresville/Lake Norman.


“Thanks to our incredible donors and Community Grant Panels, made up of dedicated volunteers who are central to the funding process, this year’s investment will help thousands of individuals and families in neighborhoods across our region,” said Laura Clark, United Way’s chief impact officer. “Our network of partners work collaboratively to provide comprehensive and coordinated services to achieve the best possible result.”

United Way of Central Carolinas 2017-18 Community Investment
AGENCY 2017-18 Funding AGENCY 2017-18 Funding
A Child’s Place $218,100 Hope Haven $516,821
Academic Learning Center $39,000 Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County $17,415
Ada Jenkins Center $340,785 Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County $32,493
American Red Cross Western NC Chapter $763,854 Iredell Council on Aging $29,500
Anson County Domestic Violence Coalition $6,500 KinderMourn $97,000
Anson County Partnership for Children $6,500 Latin American Coalition $83,250
Arthritis Services $94,050 Legal Aid of North Carolina $93,706
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte $310,446 Legal Services of Southern Piedmont $169,650
Boy Scouts of America, Central NC Council $89,000 Levine Jewish Community Center $47,000
Boy Scouts of America, Mecklenburg County Council $227,705 LIFESPAN $30,034
Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County $117,000 Literacy Council of Union County $43,500
Cabarrus Meals On Wheels $77,000 Logan Community Day Care $27,145
Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network (CVAN) $61,000 Love INC $102,000
Cannon Memorial YMCA $77,000 Men’s Shelter of Charlotte $401,409
Care Ring $509,397 Mental Health Americas of Central Carolinas $283,475
Charlotte Community Health Clinic $288,618 Metrolina Association for the Blind $211,090
Charlotte Family Housing $400,682 Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission $100,000
Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center $355,744 NC MedAssist $436,000
Child Care Resources Inc. $508,737 Our Towns Habitat for Humanity $84,500
Children’s Hope Alliance $27,000 Piedmont Mediation Center $30,000
Coltrane L.I.F.E. Center $69,525 RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network) $98,720
Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg $545,000 Right Moves for Youth $187,500
Communities In Schools of North Carolina $38,500 Safe Alliance $692,183
Community Free Clinic $95,000 Salvation Army of Cabarrus County $90,000
Community Health Services of Union County $125,000 Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte $1,619,147
Community Link $354,131 Salvation Army of Statesville $18,000
Council for Children’s Rights $338,899 Teen Health Connection $217,700
Council on Aging in Union County $99,500 The Arc of Mecklenburg $75,000
Crisis Assistance Ministry (Mecklenburg) $510,546 The Arc of Union/Cabarrus $139,770
Disability Rights & Resources $90,450 The Center for Community Transitions $137,800
Esther House of Stanly County $80,000 The Learning Collaborative $92,050
Exchange SCAN $37,000 The Relatives $135,000
Feed My Lambs $21,000 Turning Point $151,275
Fifth Street Ministries (Diakonos) $51,000 Union County Community Shelter $102,450
Florence Crittenton Services $261,673 Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry $192,000
Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council $272,658 Union-Anson County Habitat for Humanity $80,000
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont $177,883 Urban League of Central Carolinas $344,990
Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County $40,000 YMCA of Greater Charlotte $567,481
Helping Our Loved ones Learn and Achieve (HOLLA!) $14,000 YWCA Central Carolinas $889,558
Total Community Investment: $16,406,495