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August 17, 2023 | Faith, Community and Non-Profit Leader Check-In Meeting

Our every other week check-in meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting compassionate community response to our most vulnerable neighbors. Meetings are held online every other Thursday from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Email LeDayne Polaski for Zoom access code. In addition, if you would like to receive notification when these minutes are posted, please email LeDayne and ask to be added to the Thursday meetings email list.

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In this Issue:


Opening Reflection

Gevurot: Be There

Be there for me forever.

Wake up the parts of me that have fallen asleep.

When I'm sitting in ashes you lift me up with gentle hands.

With you I feel alive. All I want is for your beauty to bloom.

You're the dew that keeps me going on the aching, thirsty days when life wrings me dry, the rain that refills the emptied cup of my heart.

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

1. MeckMIN Updates


These meetings are open to anyone or any group interested in promoting the common good in our shared Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.

We do not allow announcements from for-profit groups promoting their businesses or campaigning from political candidates. Beyond that, we don’t have rules for who can speak or what they can share as long as they support our commitments to respectful conversation and the dignity of all people.

Because we have a very wide array of beliefs and understandings within our membership and because we want to keep these meetings open as an open forum, we’re going to add this disclaimer to the minutes: "The views and opinions expressed here are those of the speakers/presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the MeckMIN board or our member organizations."

SAVE The DATE: COMMUNITY-WIDE INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE Tuesday, November 21 | 7 - 9 PM | Trinity Presbyterian Church

This is always a meaningful community wide event. Please share with your community so they can save the date. Theme this year is “radical inclusion”. Help us share the word and get the event on people’s calendars.

Begins tomorrow!! Please pray for a great experience for our youth and for all the places we visit.

Thursday, September 21 | 6:30 PM | Baha'í Center of Charlotte

At an Open Tables gathering, diverse congregations come together for fellowship and dining; with the goal of building relationships based on our shared humanity that go beyond the divides of tribalism. Register HERE

*We will be assembling school supply pouches for CMS International Center -- please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier if you'd like to volunteer.

Our theme of discussion will be EMPATHY and these are the questions we will be

  • How do you feel when someone else truly understands what you are going through?

  • How have you been able to tell that someone understands what you have experienced or felt?

  • What helps you understand what someone else is experiencing or feeling? What gets in your way?

  • How do you stay fully present and attentive when deeply listening to someone?

  • In what ways has empathy for another person prompted you to take action? Explain.


MeckMIN is trying to expand its reach via Text Messaging. If you would like to receive MeckMIN announcements through this means, please email your first and last name along with your mobile number to


Saturday, October 21 | 9:30 - 1:30 PM

Mark your calendars for MeckMIN/JustServe next service project on October 21st from 9:30 AM to 1:30 with the Hope Tank Truck (parking lot of the Southern Comfort Motel at 4419 Tuckaseegee Rd.). Details to come.


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2. Non-Profit Updates

The views and opinions expressed below are those of the speakers/presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the MeckMIN board or our member organizations.


The Rev. K. Frances Cook-Mahood | | 704-614-3726

Community Relations Manager

Candace Miles |

Sworn Employment Opportunities

Courtney Devon |

There are several opportunities available at CMPD

Civilian Employment Opportunities (Courtney Devon)

Centralized place for hiring positions other than police officers (CSI, techs, communications, animal control etc.) They are ALWAYS hiring for animal control officers and kennel control. DCI support tech as well has openings. These positions help ensure good customer service and if you are interested, check out posted positions on wednesdays on the city of charlotte website, police department. You can see qualifications, pay etc there. Live at 8 am and open for two weeks. Hiring process is a bit different than most jobs with background checks and some additional things.


Elyse Berrier |

The Library has initiated a new program entitled the Student Success Center. The Student Success Center is a pop-up learning space for elementary students (K-5th grade) needing a supportive learning environment from a trained volunteer for homework help and skills practice. THey offer three services:

  1. Homework help

  2. Practice a skill

  3. connect with professional tutoring resources (

6 locations to begin in the fall

Allegra Westbrooks Regional Library: Mondays 4-6 p.m.

Cornelius Library: Wednesdays 4-6 p.m.

Independence Regional Library: Tuesdays 4-6 p.m., Thursdays 4-6 p.m.

South Boulevard Library: Mondays 4-6 p.m.

University City Regional Library: Wednesdays 4-6 p.m.

West Boulevard Library: Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The goal is to have a SCC in all libraries by Spring 2025. Library volunteers are available one afternoon a week for two hours at select Library locations to help students complete assignments, practice a skill, or connect to Library resources. Student support is available on a first come, first served basis depending on volunteer availability; no registration is required. Library volunteers have stepped up to this challenge and we are currently set with our volunteer needs, however we can use your help to spread the word for this free service to students!

In addition, the library has continued its reading buddy program throughout the county. This is a free program that brings children and staff or volunteers (adults or teens) together to read in a thirty-minute appointment time weekly. Children (grades K-5) select their own books to read, and trained volunteers provide support and encouragement to help your child experience and develop a love of reading! Reading Buddy appointments are available for children in person at select Library locations and online via Zoom appointments. Every child is limited to 1 appointment slot per semester (in-person OR virtual).

Our next reading buddies semester will begin the week of September 18th- December 15th. We will not hold sessions when the Library is closed. Registration will begin for in-person and virtual reading buddies beginning Tuesday September 5th at 9:00 a.m.

To learn how to volunteer or register visit for more information.

The Pineville branch is still in need of volunteers. Here is the direct link to apply for the volunteer opportunity in Pineville:

They are seeking Reading Buddy volunteers for Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.


Rev. Lisa Herklotz |

Unity of Charlotte will be hosting an Interfaith Celebration of The World Day of Prayer, September 14. The reception will start at 6:30 PM with the actual service starting at 7PM.

We are creating an interfaith celebration of prayer as part of our Unity World Day of Prayer annual event. While this is a global event hosted by Unity Worldwide Ministries, we are seeking to create a local interfaith experience, joining our hearts and minds with other people of faith in a united prayer for global healing.

The theme for this 2023 event is “Heart of Healing.” We believe that prayer is a powerful way to embrace both our differences and commonalities, building bridges of connection at a deep level. We are scheduling 5 to 6 faith leaders from different traditions around Charlotte to come present, in person, a 7-to-10-minute description of how prayer and healing are reflected in their faith and lead us in an experience of their form of prayer. Currently have scheduled Buddhist, Sikh, Muslim, Methodist, Baptist, UU, and Unity faith leaders.


Lauren Rogers | | 704-333-8099 ext. 110

Director of Community Engagement - International House

This year, The Journey will be coordinated in partnership with Blumenthal Performing Arts during the Charlotte International Arts Festival. Together we recently launched the Call for Artist and hope that you will share this exciting opportunity with your friends, family, and colleagues.

We just launched our call for proposals for The Journey Art Competition in partnership with Blumenthal. You can read more details about the competition on our website here: The Journey Call for Artist | International House (

Artists are invited to submit their art proposals through the Charlotte Arts Festival here:

If you know of any talented foreign-born or foreign-rooted artists, please share this email with them. We invite them to submit a proposal for a piece of artwork that represents their transition here to Charlotte, NC. Selected proposals will receive a $250 stipend to support their art production.


Investee engagement grants are open until August 24th. Social Venture Partners (SVP) seeks to invest financial resources and professional thought partnership/ expertise in high-impact nonprofit organizations/initiatives that are addressing social and economic inequality in Mecklenburg County.

Who Should Apply:

Social Venture Partners (SVP) seeks to invest financial resources and professional thought partnership/ expertise in high-impact nonprofit organizations/initiatives that are addressing social and economic inequality in Mecklenburg County.The New SVP Investee(s) will receive:

  • A yearlong engagement of volunteer professional support to work in partnership with the organization to strengthen the organization’s effectiveness and ability to fulfill its mission.

  • An unrestricted cash grant up to $20,000 for capacity building.

  • An annual opportunity to renew for up to three years.

SVP’s Philosophy and Approach:

We are a group of experienced, skilled professionals applying a highly engaged approach to philanthropy. SVP invests through venture philanthropy, a model of giving where its members not only provide grants, but also invest their collective expertise and time to extend the reach and improve the success of high potential, growth-minded nonprofits.

To help strengthen the nonprofits with whom we partner, SVP combines our grants with volunteers who can provide strategic counsel. Examples of Partner engagement include, but are not limited to assistance with:

  • strategic and business planning

  • research and program design

  • leadership development

  • marketing and communications

  • finance and revenue development

  • board development and governance

  • human resources

  • outcomes measurement and program evaluation

  • legal

Over time, our Investees and Partners develop a mutually beneficial partnership. Our Investees gain from the valuable expertise, guidance, and mentorship of our Partners while our Partners gain rich insight into community issues and the nonprofit sector.

Guiding Principles for SVP Investment:

SVP seeks to partner with nonprofit organizations that will benefit from a long-term relationship with SVP, including hands-on and strategic engagement with individual members.

While all our investments are unique, our experience suggests that there are common themes to a successful SVP investment. In 2024, the nonprofit we will invest in will meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered 501c3 organization in the greater Charlotte Region

  • Address an important social issue that will work to alleviate social and economic inequality.

  • Have at least 1 paid full time staff member

  • Have strong leadership and successful programs or well-formed programmatic plans.

  • Have an annual operating budget of $500,000 or below and find SVP’s investment to be significant.

  • Committed to incorporating SVP expertise and volunteer support.

  • Have commitment and full support from their engaged Board of Directors

  • Be committed to improving performance and outcomes measurement.

How to Apply:

Please click APPLY below to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI). There, you will create an account and complete the application form. You can save your progress and make changes until you hit the “submit” button. You will receive an email notification once we have received your application.

Next Steps and Timeline:

The SVP Investment Team will review all submissions and select 2-4 semi-finalists to submit a full proposal to become the next SVP Investee. Semi-finalists will also host a site visit and/or virtual diligence session with the SVP Investment Team and staff. Up to two of the semi-finalists will be selected as finalists to be voted on by the entire SVP Partnership.

  • August 11 (12-1pm ET): Applicant Interest Webinar- register to attend here: Link to Register: Webinar Registration

  • August 16 (11am-1pm ET): Open Office Hours – drop in for Q&A Link: Aug 16 Virtual Office Hours

  • August 21 (4-6pm ET): Open Office Hours – drop in for Q&A Link: Aug 21 Virtual Office Hours

  • August 24 (11pm ET): Letters of Interest due

  • September 27: Finalists invited to submit Full Proposals

  • October 13 (11pm ET): Full Proposals due

  • October 16-27: Semi-Finalist site visits and due diligence sessions

  • November 8: Finalists presented to SVP Partners

  • November 9-21: SVP due diligence session and Partner voting

  • By December 2: Investee announcement to public

  • January 2024: Investee engagement begins


Crystal Emerick | | (704) 361-5230

Brave Step is seeking passionate board members to assist the nonprofit in its mission to empower individuals who have been impacted by sexual violence. To shape a strong, supportive community, we provide personalized services that help adults impacted by sexual abuse reclaim the life they deserve; foster brave public conversations about sexual abuse; and cultivate courageous changemakers.

The board meets six times a year, typically every other month. Board members are eligible to serve two consecutive terms, each term comprising 3 years. After serving two consecutive full terms or six years, a member shall not be eligible to serve for one full year. If anyone is interested in the board opportunity, they can email directly to

In addition, there is a six session program led by a licensed professional for loved ones of survivors to

  • Find connection and community with other loved ones and allies.

  • Learn more about the impact of sexual violence.

  • Gain knowledge and skills to use as an ally.

  • Find a safe place to share, ask questions, and grow.

It is virtual and will run Sept. 19, 26 Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 6:30 - 8 p.m. ET


Jannette Scalisi |

We provide high-quality, affordable, comprehensive primary care services and linkage to care and coordination of care using our Board-certified team of healthcare professionals and in collaboration with our community partners. On October 21st they are hosting their first fundraiser ever which is essential to continuing their work in the community. It will be at Top Golf and the cost is $100 with sponsorship opportunities. Please spread the word and make space in your schedule to attend.

The honoree will be J. Wesley Thompson, PA-C for his hard work, dedication, and the positive impact he has made on countless lives throughout his career. We invite you to join us as a spectator, participant, sponsor or simply to make a donation. Your support would help us make a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of our community.

Continental breakfast and a fajita fiesta lunch will be served. SATURDAY OCTOBER, 21, 2023 EVENT BEGINS AT 10:00 AM TOPGOLF CHARLOTTE SOUTHWEST 8024 SAVOY CORPORATE DR, CHARLOTTE, NC 28273


Samantha Turner |

Join the Reimagining America Project live in Charlotte, North Carolina at Caldwell Presbyterian Church on Thursday, August 17th at 7pm to learn more about North Carolina's voter ID law. This event aims to strengthen civic engagement and clear up any confusion about new voting requirements. We have municipal and school board elections this fall in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and we need everyone to know how to vote and to make their voice count! Early voting for the primaries begins August 24. Please share this event with others in the community and plan to attend! Look for event signs when you arrive- we will gather in Hope Hall, 1609 E. 5th Street.


Kate Dennstaedt | | 704-412-8458 Local Coordinator

Just Faith has announced its new slate of Fall programming. All program registration costs are offered on a sliding fee scale. Please choose the registration fee that best aligns with your current financial situation. If $35 is difficult for you, please consider the program anyway. We ask that you decide what amount you can contribute as a commitment to the program and send us an email at Books are an additional cost. All books are available in our JustFaith Ministries Bookstore. Purchasing books through our bookstore is another way you can support our nonprofit organization! Our programs are at least 8 weeks long. Once you register, your facilitators will be in touch soon with more details.

  • Small Group Name: Eco-Justice Group 1 Program Name: Sacred Land Facilitated by: Andy Kalchik & TBD Date and Time of meeting: Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm ET Start Date: Sept. 11 Meeting format: VIRTUAL Register here

  • Small Group Name: Racial Justice Group 1 Program Name: Racial Justice: Faith & Racial Justice Facilitated by: John Ritter & TBD Date and Time of meeting: Thursdays 7-9 PM ET Start Date: Sept. 7 Meeting format: VIRTUAL Register here

  • Small Group Name: Faith & Poverty: A Global Response Program Name: Faith & Poverty: A Global Response Facilitated by: Sister Rose Marie Tresp & Marie-Michele Darcy Date and Time of meeting: Wednesdays from 11am – 1pm ET Start Date: August 30 Meeting format: Virtual Register here

  • Program Name: Faith and Immigration Justice Facilitated by: Stephanie Fielder & Natalie Cochran Date and Time of meeting: Sundays 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET Start Date: Sept 17 Meeting format: In-person Register here

  • Program Name: Hunger: A Faith and Justice Response Facilitated by: Terri Jarina and Tricia Vasil Date and Time of meeting: Tuesdays 10:00 – 12:00 PM ET Start Date: Sept 26 Meeting format: In-person Register here

  • Program Name: Faith and Poverty: A Solidarity Response (Catholic Version) Facilitated by: Jenny Cox & Joanna Patcha Date and Time of meeting: Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET Start Date: September 12 Meeting format: Zoom Register here

Rachel Allman | | 704-916-9106 (cell) Outreach Coordinator

Non-profit that exists to give elementary age students positive and successful experiences in math through free one-on-one tutoring with volunteers. Getting ready to provide tutors to 1300 students across 26 schools. Could use additional tutors. It is a 30-60 minute/week commitment from Oct - April. There will be a heart math expert at each session and there are existing curricula and materials so you don’t have to figure out a learning plan. Reach out to Rachel for more information.


The Harvest Center of Charlotte is hosting a FREE Community Resource Fair on Saturday, September 23rd from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. The event will be located in our gym located at 5415 Airport Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208.

We invite you to learn about some of the various resources available to you in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region and get a free health screening. There will be food and giveaways to those in attendance. Each organization will have a table and will be available to tell you all about the services they offer.

This is a kid friendly event and is open to all! Registration is not required but is encouraged.

If your organization would like to participate, please contact us at 704-335-1616.


Community Manager, Mecklenburg County

County homeowners may qualify for an assistance grant of up to $660. HOMES, or Helping Out Mecklenburg’s Homeowners with Economic Support, is a County created seasonal program designed to help Mecklenburg County residents reduce the cost of annual homeownership. The grant will be used towards reducing the cost of annual homeownership. There is no age requirement to participate in the program, and the home does not have to be paid off! Mecklenburg County homeowners who may qualify for a HOMES grant are those who have

  • lived in their home for at least the last three years and it is their primary residence,

  • have no more than one delinquent tax bill in the last three years and

  • meet a qualifying total household income level.

Please see for more details and other program considerations.

The application period runs from July 1, 2023 to November 17, 2023. Applications and verifications must be submitted and postmarked by November 17, 2023. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. Applications are available in English and Spanish online, by mail or email. For more information on the HOMES program, please visit; email; or call 980-314-HOME (4663).


Connie Bonebrake with Humana is working on health disparities in the community. They have an event at Betty Rae on Tuckaseegee on Sept 23rd aimed at senior adults to help them use their electronics as a way to stay connected to friends, family and community. The event goes from 9-1. You can get one-on-one assistance with your tech. Looking for more senior adults to register.


Author/Homelessness advocate Kevin Nye, author of Grace Can Lead Us Home, will be here in Charlotte at 4:00 on Saturday, Sept.2, at Letty’s on Shamrock.


3. General Information


As we continue to build the North American Interfaith Network, we are currently looking for a young adult, between the ages of 18 to 30, to assist with membership registrations through internet research, emails, phone calls and data entry. Coordination with NAIN board member(s) will help with any necessary training and oversight for the selected person. This position will pay approximately $15 USD per hour, with a total allocation not to exceed $5,000 USD from a special fund and wishes created by Teja Singh. It is anticipated that the person will work up to 15 hours per week.


  • Good data entry knowledge

  • Proficient computer skills

  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills

  • A friendly attitude

  • Committed to promoting interfaith understanding

If you are interested in this position or have any questions, please contact Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia at To apply, please send the following in your application package in one pdf document to

  1. Resume (which includes your Full Name, Mailing Address, Phone Number, and Email Address, Faith Tradition, & Qualifications, etc. for this position)

  2. Statement of Interest (for this position and your interest in promoting interfaith understanding)

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and continue until the position is filled. We thank all those that apply but only those qualified will be contacted for this position.


Greg Tanner | | Office: 980-314-6468 | Mobile: 704-533-3518 Division Director Mecklenburg County DSS - Adult Services 301 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

Mecklenburg County is providing free transportation for individuals 60 and older, or 18-59 who are disabled. These trips are to local grocery food chains, pharmacy’s, farmers markets, barber shops & beauty salons, places of worship, and some medical appointments. The service is offered 364 days a year/7 days a week. If you know someone that could benefit from this service please feel free to share the telephone number below with them to schedule the trip. All trips must be made 3 days in advance of the service.

Mecklenburg Transportation System Scheduling Line: 704-336-4547

If you need additional information please feel free to contact me directly.


(Ledger graphic, using data from N.C. Department of Health and Human Services)

The most recent Mecklenburg data shows 31 emergency room visits a day for “Covid-19 related illnesses,” up from 23 a day two weeks earlier. The county says 11% of ER visits result in hospitalization, which would be about three new patients per day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention characterizes Covid hospital admissions in all 100 N.C. counties as “low.”

What to do: The county health department said residents should get tested if they have what they believe is a summer cold and suggested that people with fading immunity “may want to play it safe” by avoiding indoor crowds and washing hands with soap and water more than usual. The statement made no mention of masks. —TM

In a news release last week, the county said it is “advising residents of a summer COVID-19 surge.” County health director Raynard Washington was quoted as saying: “COVID-19 metrics have been increasing in the County this summer and could continue increasing into the fall.”

The latest state data shows 270 Covid patients hospitalized statewide as of Aug. 5. That’s about 80% more than a month ago, but 80% fewer than the most recent peak in January, when there were 1,620 patients hospitalized. The all-time high was 5,206 hospitalizations in January 2022, according to state data.


Ana Butters | (E) (W)

Community Development Director

HARRIS YMCA - 5900 Quail Hollow Rd. Charlotte, NC 28210

(D) 704 716 6827 (C) 704 763 6655 (F) 704 716 6801

The Harris YMCA will offer English as a Second Language (ESL) and Spanish classes for adults this fall. Please see the flyers attached to this email for more detailed information, and share them with your staff, program participants, contacts and networks.

Registration dates for ESL classes are August 21-22 in-person only. Classes start September 11.

Registration for Spanish classes is in-person at the Harris YMCA or online by following this link: Harris YMCA Spanish Classes for Adults - Fall 2023 Registration Classes start September 12.

We appreciate your support!

Para asistencia en español: 704 716 6874 (E)


Application deadline: October 2, 2023

Description: The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications under the new Support for Trauma-Affected Refugees (STAR) Program. The goals of the STAR Program are the integration and successful achievement of sustained physical, social, emotional, and economic well-being of underserved refugees and other newcomers eligible for ORR services whose experience of trauma is impeding their ability to function effectively at home, school, work, or in social settings. Using STAR funds, recipients will provide eligible newcomers with holistic and integrated case management services, including health, psychological, and social adjustment services.


In April, the NC Supreme Court issued a decision reinstating a 2018 law that requires North Carolinians to show photo identification when voting in elections. Many nonprofit organizations have expressed concerns that the voter ID law could make voting more difficult for many people served by nonprofits, particularly seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income citizens. Voter ID requirements will go into effect for this fall’s municipal elections. That means that many North Carolinians who don’t have a current photo ID will need to obtain one in the coming weeks to be able to vote in this fall’s municipal elections.

Nonprofit organizations have historically been among the most effective messengers for educating the people they serve about what steps to follow in order to vote because nonprofits are trusted by the people they serve. Nonprofits often serve people who don’t have photo IDs, so it is important for them to share resources for getting free photo IDs. The NC State Board of Elections (NCSBE) recently explained that voters without photo IDs have two options for obtaining free photo IDs:

1. The NC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers free photo IDs that can be used for voting. Carolina Demography recently posted information about the 116 DMV offices in the state and the number of voters living in the vicinity of each of these sites.

2. Voters also can obtain free photo IDs from their county board of election. NCSBE explained this week that voters will simply need to provide their name, date of birth, and the last four digits of their Social Security number, and have their photo taken to get these IDs.

For more information, check out NCSBE’s 10 facts about photo IDs for voting. The Center will continue to share information about how your nonprofit can help people in your community understand voting rules as we get closer to this fall’s municipal elections.




Rev. Dr. Que English Director, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Intergovernmental and External Affairs U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

As pandemic-era protections for Medicaid coverage end, states across the country are resuming their regular processes for renewing an individuals’ Medicaid coverage. Our office has created an easy reference FAQ and new PSA to help you to inform and guide Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligible community members in the actions they need to take to keep the coverage they may have gained during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.   To learn more, download the FAQ on Post-Pandemic Medicaid and CHIP Reenrollment: Preventing the Loss of Medicaid Coverage in Your Community. Additional resources, tools and communication resources can be found here at Medicaid and CHIP Renewals Outreach and Educational Resources | Medicaid. GREAT BILINGUAL PROGRAM FOR THE SPANISH COMMUNITY



Blessings to all of you.

Next meeting:

August 31st - Thursday at 11 a.m.


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