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United Way Stories

Meet the faces and organizations your donation helps every day.

We measure our success in lives changed. These stories are a testament to the difference our community can make when we come together to create lasting change.

Impact Grant Stories

Creating Paths Toward Stability at Cooperative Christian Ministry

Cooperative Christian Ministry serves Cabarrus and southern Rowan counties, moving people from crisis to restoration by relieving food insecurity, addressing homelessness and keeping families together.

Reducing Health Disparities Through Matthews Free Medical Clinic

Matthews Free Medical Clinic provides free high-quality health care, case management and educational services to low-income, uninsured patients in Mecklenburg and Union counties.

Growing Young Minds at Families First in Cabarrus County

Families First in Cabarrus County provides programs like ESL and GED classes and learning experiences like bilingual preschools that nurture children, empower parents and strengthen families.

Helping Neighbors Succeed Through Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry

Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry provides emergency support to help pay mortgage, rent and utility costs for Union County families who’ve fallen upon hard times.

Boosting Community Well-Being Through HealthReach Community Clinic

HealthReach Community Clinic provides free health care services and medications, helping to reduce health disparities and strengthen the well-being of Iredell County residents.

Building Brighter Futures at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (Now Roof Above)

Men’s Shelter of Charlotte provides emergency shelter and basic needs, helping people get back on their feet and build a brighter future.

Boosting Youth Health and Happiness

Lanitta got pregnant with her daughter at age 13 and soon felt overwhelmed without people or a place she could turn to for support.

Unite Charlotte Stories

Addressing Homelessness through Innovation, Hope and Advocacy

Unite Charlotte partner Hope Vibes addresses homelessness through direct relief, research, innovation, advocacy and systemic disruption.

Reducing Disparities in Access to Mental Health Care

Unite Charlotte partners Anthony Morrow Charities and Wilson Oasis eliminate barriers to mental health care access in minority populations.

Cultivating Our Community’s Youngest Leaders

Unite Charlotte partners The Academy of Goal Achievers and Building Excellence Affirming Manhood (B.E.A.M.) Foundation educate, mentor and strengthen young minds.

Supporting Innovation at Cops and Barbers Inc.

Cops and Barbers Inc. provides opportunities to foster dialogue and improve police-community relations for equitable community growth across Charlotte.

Eliminating the Digital Divide

Motivated by his young daughter’s concern about fellow students struggling to complete assignments because they lacked access to a computer and internet connectivity in their homes, Pat Millen sought a solution to bridge the digital divide in area schools.

Guiding Future Young Professionals

After working hard to become a successful philanthropist and entrepreneur, Jania Massey sought a way to fill the void she saw with social capital and opportunity for girls of color in Charlotte.

Growing Teachers Into Leaders

Jason Terrell and Mario Shaw started Profound Gentlemen, a nonprofit focused on building a community of male educators of color – from pre-K through high school – who can provide a profound impact on boys and young men of color.

United Neighborhoods Stories

Engaging, Educating and Empowering Families with Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance

Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance provides a safe, supportive and welcoming Charlotte community, bringing residents together to build a better neighborhood.

Strengthening Neighborhoods with Brookhill Community Association

Brookhill Community Association provides services, resources and opportunities for Charlotte residents to live safe, healthy and productive lives.

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.

Restoring Neighborhood Stability in Grier Heights

Grier Heights is changing as nonprofits, residents and other stakeholders work together to improve the neighborhood’s quality of life.

Making Neighborhood Strides in Renaissance

Charlotte’s Renaissance neighborhood is undergoing revitalization into a mixed-income community where families have a greater chance for success.

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