Charlotte is home to many organizations doing incredible work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-profits and charities all over the city are doing everything they can to help those in need during these trying times. Living at our Charlotte apartments while social distancing, there might not feel like much you can personally do right now, but in fact, there are many ways you can help—even sitting in the comfort of your own home.
The local charities and organizations below are helping any and all of Charlotte’s residents that have been affected by this historic health crisis. From feeding healthcare workers to paying rent for the newly unemployed, there is a charity in Charlotte that wants to provide. If you’d like to help those in the Queen City community—here are just a few local options.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina continuously works to feed anyone in need in the Charlotte-metro area. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, food and groceries are needed now more than ever. The organization works with over 800 partner agencies in 24 counties, including the school systems, to feed families, seniors, and individuals affected by business closures.
Currently, the Food Bank’s greatest need is for funds to purchase shelf-stable items for food boxes. These food boxes are then delivered to families whose children are missing school meals, seniors who are self-isolating, the immunocompromised and sick who are self-isolating, and employees whose hours were decreased due to the crisis. If you’d like to make a donation of any amount, please visit the Second Harvest Food Bank’s website.
Charlotte Rescue Mission
Being homeless, an addict, or both during the coronavirus pandemic is one of the toughest positions anyone could possibly imagine. The Charlotte Rescue Mission provides free recovery programs for people who are struggling and helps them find stable housing and employment. Due to the pandemic, the 269 men, women, and children that live under their roof are required to self-isolate, making normal operations extremely hard.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while still helping the mission, they are taking many safety precautions when it comes to any charitable acts. The mission is asking that volunteers sponsor a meal instead of serving one. Instead of dining at their Community Matters Cafe, they are asking for customers to order a meal for takeout or purchase a gift card. And to help provide a social connection for the mission’s residents while in isolation, the mission encourages the community to mail notes of positivity and encouragement to: Charlotte Rescue Mission, PO Box 33000, Charlotte, NC 28233-3000.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg COVID-19 Response Fund
United Way of Central Carolinas and Foundation for the Carolinas have teamed up to launch the COVID-19 Response Fund. Totaling more than $15 million to date, this response fund will support a range of non-profits that are assisting with the health crisis in the Charlotte area. Some of the grants include $75,000 to Communities in Schools to facilitate the delivery of food and hygiene kits to homeless children and families living in hotels, $500,000 to SocialServe to work with landlords renting to families and seniors unable to pay due to the crisis, and $100,000 to Latin American Coalition to set up a bilingual hotline and electronic clearinghouse to assist the immigrant community. A full list of grants can be found here.
If you’d like to make a donation to this incredible relief fund, visit the official COVID-19 Response Fund website here.
Ada Jenkins Center
The Ada Jenkins Center is a not-for-profit organization that helps families in poverty get on their feet and find stability—both economically and personally. Due to the business closures and the loss of many hourly workers, the need for help is higher than ever. Many of their clients are in critical assistance, above and beyond what the organization can provide.
The Ada Jenkins Center has set up a Critical Assistance Fund with a goal of $25,000 for those that have suffered a major financial blow due to the pandemic. If you’d like to donate, you can do so here.
Now that schools have been suspended, Classroom Central wants to make sure that students still have the opportunity to learn at home so that they’re equipped to be successful when school resumes. The organization is working with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and other non-profits to provide school supplies to students at Emergency Meal Distribution locations. This enables the children to pick up both food and supplies at the same time—limiting any social contact.
Right now, Classroom Central is in urgent need of supplies and hand sanitizer. If you’d like to donate cash, a Homework Supply Kit, or hand sanitizer, visit their website’s donate page here.
Help out those in need near our Uptown Charlotte Apartments
Doing your part to keep the community safe means a lot of home and downtime. But even though your outings are limited, it doesn’t mean you can’t help out your fellow citizens near our Uptown Charlotte apartments. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay happy.