We Believe in Strong Partnerships

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

Celebrating the Holidays at CAF (2020)

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

Academic Enrichment – Backpack Initiative

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

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

CLASS DATES & SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER 2 – DECEMBER 3, 2020
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.