Securing Success through the Pandemic
When all doors seemed to have shut in her face, Belinda came to Charlotte Area Fund (CAF) as a “last ditch effort” to get some help in July 2019.
For years, Belinda Mazyck had worked with her own non-profit, “The Big Super Ten Event,” helping others in the community but had major issues with supporting herself. Belinda has her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and when she began working she gained a lot of skills, but it was not her passion. Belinda came to CAF seeking employment to meet her needs but wanted to go to truck driving school. She had gone to another agency to sign up for training, but when it was time to enroll they had exhausted the funds.
Throughout the months of waiting, her bills had begun to pile up. Her mortgage was behind, the car payments were due and food was low on the list. It was a choice to either find a “job” and give up training or wait until funds were available and work at night. Funding for CDL Training through CAF allowed her to enroll and she found a part-time job to supplement her income while attending CDL classes, occasionally driving for Uber and Lyft. However, it all went downhill when the COVID-19 Pandemic hit. Suddenly, she had no source of income while trying to save her house or to provide for herself. Belinda took a job to drive for Postmates and Uber Eats to make ends meet, but naturally the bills piled up.
Although CAF provided emergency financial assistance for the “rough patches”, she persisted to work and support herself as well. Since the shutdown restrictions have lifted, she is now back in class and will graduate with her Class A CDL license in 2 weeks. Belinda is on her way to success and the career she always wanted.