Charlotte Area Fund believes in the power of partners. Information technology and cyber security is a high-demand field and growing. Innovative Technologies Group has been a key partner in delivering training to our clients. Their instructional methodology and goals align with CAF’s mission and vision of self-sufficiency for our clients. We are happy to offer this specialized training that leads to employment and in-demand certifications in the IT and Cyber Security fields. YOUTUBE VIDEO
During the 2020 holiday season, Charlotte Area Fund assisted several Mecklenburg families in making the season special. CAF provided holiday meals, clothing, toys and gift cards for over 15 families in-need. “The pandemic has put extra stress on families. This was intensified this holiday season and our goal was to help alleviate that stress on parents and families,” said Deborah Frink, CAF emergency assistance coordinator. View More
In partnership with Memorial Presbyterian Church and Food Lion Corporate Office, Charlotte Area Fund hosted a Volunteer Day Backpack Initiative at Memorial Presbyterian Church. The group packed 358 backpacks for the children of University Park Elementary School and Bruns Academy. All backpacks included age appropriate books, mask for children and parents, sanitizer, hand wipes, personal items, school supplies, and water bottles. COVID workbooks for the children and COVID Safety information in English and Spanish were also provided.
Backpacks were distributed in Nov. 2020 during a back-to-school service fair. CAF was joined by Memorial Presbyterian Church and Food Lion to not only supply students with educational materials but to promote supportive and workforce development services to parents and grandparents. View More
Charlotte Area Fund Board Member Ms. Counts-Scoggins encourages others to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Atrium Health’s newly published interview. Here, in her words, Ms. Counts-Scoggins explains why she decided to get the vaccine, and why she hopes that others do so, too. (Interview has been edited for length and clarity.) Full Interview
Much is demanded of leaders even in the best of times, but especially during times of disruption, uncertainty, and rapid change.
About this Event
Mindful Leadership in a Time of Challenge
The purpose of this workshop series is to provide community leaders with an introduction to the practice of mindfulness mediation, and describe how this practice is relevant to their work as leaders. At the conclusion of this series participants will have achieved the following learning objectives: a. Awareness of the breath as a foundation for mindfulness; b. How to use the body as an anchor for mindfulness meditation; c. A mindful approach to addressing stressful thoughts and difficult emotions; d. How to mindfully communicate with others;e. Using mindfulness to develop compassion for self and others.
There will be three workshop sessions over the course of one week beginning June 1, 2020. The sessions will be held on Monday (6/1), Wednesday (6/3), and Friday (6/5) at noon each day. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes to one-hour. Participants will be asked to practice what they learned (for five minutes each day) after each session.
Dr. Norman Anderson Biography
Dr. Norman Anderson is a nationally known psychologist, a native of Greensboro, NC, and a graduate of North Carolina Central University (B.A.) and UNC-Greensboro (Ph.D.). He has been a professor at both Duke and Harvard Universities, was CEO of the American Psychological Association (APA), and was an Associate Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Anderson is now a professor and Assistant Vice President at Florida State University (FSU), where he created and directs the FSU Faculty Leadership Development Program. He is also President of Anderson Leadership Coaching and Consulting, LLC. He has been practicing meditation for over 40 years, is a UCLA-trained certified mindfulness instructor, and now teaches mindfulness meditation to groups across the country.
Dear Charlotte Area Fund Community:
At Charlotte Area Fund we put the well-being of our staff, clients, and the community first. The Charlotte Area Fund will be closed to the public for the next two weeks. Effective March 16, agency staff will be working remotely to provide client services. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading throughout the world and our country. North Carolina Governor Cooper and Mecklenburg County have declared a State of Emergency precipitating drastic precautions to avoid exposure to the virus such as closing Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, temporarily closing bars and restaurants, limiting size of social gatherings, and recommending social distancing.
We are learning about the virus and its impact on our state on a daily, and sometimes hourly basis.We are closely following the recommendations from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Mecklenburg Department of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
This is what we know:
Symptoms: If you have a fever, cough, or have trouble breathing, call your doctor first. Medical authorities are recommending you not to go to the ER, but to call your doctor first.
Risk: If you are over 60 years old, or get sick easily, you are more likely to get sick from the Coronavirus. If you are a young person who is healthy, you may not have any symptoms or you might get better very quickly.
Safety: Virus germs are invisible, but may be anywhere so wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds—Wash your hands throughout the day. Limit physical contact with others-avoid shaking
hands or hugging friends. Limit your interactions with other people as much as possible and avoid large gatherings and events.
Thank you for understanding why we are making changes to how we provide services. Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our staff and the Charlotte community are our top priority. If immediate CAF assistance is needed please contact Deborah Frink at (704) 372-3010 ex. 210 or email email@example.com. Please visit our website and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for updated information.
March 14, 2020 – Update
Charlotte Area Fund, Inc. is working with National Partners, State Associations, non-profit leaders, and with all 34 community action agencies across North Carolina to learn how we can respond effectively to this changing environment. We have daily conversations with members across the network about their concerns, their questions and their strategies for delivering on our mission in this major time of need.
As the situation continues to evolve, we will continue to monitor updates accordingly.
About Charlotte Area Fund, Inc.
The mission of the Charlotte Area Fund is to identify and address poverty causes by providing programs and services that assist economically disadvantaged citizens with gaining the skills and abilities necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.
A Reflection on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from our Community Action Colleagues
Know Your Rights in Mecklenburg County – Radio Show (https://omny.fm/shows/francene-marie/know-your-rights-in-mecklenburg-county)
Francene Marie interviews a GREAT panel of guest that included Nicholas Wharton from Charlotte Area Fund, Scott Ellis with Know Your Rights: Youth Symposium Lead, and the amazing Maria Macon the Founder/Executive Director Mecklenburg Council of Elders, Inc..
Francene Marie interviews a GREAT panel of guest that included Nicholas Wharton from Charlotte Area Fund, Scott Ellis with Know Your Rights: Youth Symposium Lead, and the amazing Maria Macon the Founder/Executive Director Mecklenburg Council of Elders, Inc.. This show is a must listen and share kind of show, so go for it!
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