Tiesha’s Story

Charlotte Area Fund is committed to our customers. In this testimonial video, Tiesha shares her journey with us. Programming at CAF is tailored to help and/or support all Mecklenburg residents who may find themselves facing poverty. We believe, empowering our clients to become self-sufficient through emergency assistance, workforce development and other supportive services is a fundamental resource for a thriving community and local economy. If you or someone you know is a Mecklenburg County resident and in need of supportive services, etc, please reach out to our intake staff. They will assist you in navigating our enrollment process. Please follow the link to apply for services (CAF APPLICATION) You may also call (704) 372-3010 for more information.


CAF Volunteer Day

Volunteers from the Charlotte Area Fund including President & CEO, Nicholas Wharton, Board Member Dorothy Scoggins and others from the Food Lion Corporate Office participated in a Volunteer Day Backpack Initiative at Memorial Presbyterian Church.  The group packed 358 backpacks for the children of Bruns Elementary School.  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.

The backpacks along with other items will be distributed to Bruns Elementary in November in a Drive-By Event.


Fiber Optic/Broadband Classes Open for Enrollment

Fiber Optic Open Enrollment Updated


MONDAY – THURSDAY 6:00 – 9:00 PM

This 6-week program will successfully prepare participants to earn Certified Premise Cabling Technicians (CPCT) credential and the Fiber Optic Technician (FOT) accredited by the(FOA). course participants will learn how to identify fiber types, recognize various connectors used in fiber installation; install,terminate, splice and properly test installed fiber cable to existing standards. Average annual income, entry level is estimated at$42,000. Familiarity with operating systems and a variety of consumer communications such as smartphones, routers, modems converters, and wireless devices is a plus!

Virtual Media Event: CAF Receives IKEA Grant

For Immediate Release – In an unprecedented corporate social responsibility effort, IKEA US Community Foundation is providing states with a donation equal to the amount given to previously furloughed IKEA Retail U.S. employees in the form of unemployment benefits. At the recommendation of the Office of Governor Roy Cooper, the Charlotte Area Fund, Mecklenburg County’s Community Action Agency, will receive a $1.1 million unrestricted grant from IKEA US Community Foundation to help North Carolinians who are facing economic difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CAF Collaborated in CW Williams Community Health Event

On August 15th the Charlotte Area Fund collaborated in CW Williams Community Health Center for their annual health fair. This year was a little different as Covid-19 testing was the featured activity and due to the pandemic, this was a drive-through event. However, this did not deter those in need of healthcare and supportive services. Over 400 cars drove through approximately 30 vendor stations. CAF focused on program recruitment and the 2020 Census. Also collaborating with MeckCounts2020 CAF was able to share clear and concise information about the Census.

Covid-19 Prevention

The Charlotte Area Fund is proud to partner with community-based organizations to spread the word about Covid-19 prevention and services throughout Mecklenburg County. “There was a need to make sure members of our community most affected by the pandemic had access to clear information about how to prevent from getting sick and what to do if experiencing symptoms”, said Maya Norvel, communications and community engagement manager. Charlotte Area Fund has partnered with CW Williams Community Health Center, The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, The Latin Coalition and The Latin Chamber of Commerce to distribute over 100 signs to communities in need. “As Mecklenburg’s Community Action Agency, it is our job to work with individuals most vulnerable and ensure they have access to quality healthcare and supportive services. This yard sign campaign has increased the number of people reaching out to utilize services available to them and we are happy about that,” Norvel added.