Pictured: Nicholas Wharton, President & CEO, Charlotte Area Fund. Stephanie Cooper-Lewter, Executive Director, Leading on Opportunity
On December 5, 2018, Charlotte Area Fund Incorporated held our 35th Annual Business Luncheon “Reimagining Our Anti-Poverty Mission” at the Levine Museum of the New South. Keynote comments were provided by Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper Lewter, Executive Director, Leading on Opportunity.
Nearly, 100 enthusiastically engaged community members were integral to “Reimagining Our Anti-poverty Mission” and were inspired to join us in our work to reduce poverty and increase economic mobility. We announced the launching of the Dorothy Counts-Scoggins Community Accelerator Grant Program which is an opportunity to leverage $1 million CSBG resources to increase capacity and services of organizations dedicated to serving Mecklenburg County’s economically marginalized residents who are at or below 125% federal income poverty guidelines. Our Annual Business Luncheon is the agency’s opportunity to recognize successes and challenges in reducing poverty and to identify public policy solutions on behalf of the voiceless and underserved.
Since 1963, the Charlotte Area Fund Incorporated has been the federally designated community action agency in Mecklenburg County dedicated to assisting individuals and families to overcome poverty, secure decent housing, access social services, pursue education, and obtain good jobs. Our expectation is to strengthen communication, collaboration, and coordination that will impact systemic barriers to economic mobility in Mecklenburg County.