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.
Prepare Charlotte, “Prep For Success” Radio One Live, On-air Interview with CAF President and CEO Nicholas Wharton
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.
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.
The Charlotte Area Fund, Mecklenburg County’s Community Action Agency, hosted their 17 Annual Graduation on June 30, 2020. Click the image to watch a full video of the program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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..