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June 23, 2022 | 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 subscribe to our newsletter.

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In this Issue:


Important Dates

6/30: Deadline to register as a vendor at the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy Summer Fest

7/16: Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy Summer Fest

7/18: Applications due for National Fund for Sacred Places grant

7/23: NC MedAssist will be holding a free Over the Counter Medicine event

7/29: Urban League hosts First Year Ready event at the Good Life at Enderly Park

7/30: 15th anniversary celebration for Lionel Lee Jr. Center for Wellness

8/6, 10 am -1 pm: MeckMIN and Refugee Support Services Back to School party at 3925 Willard Farrow Dr

8/16, 12:15 – 1:15 pm: MeckMIN Food for Thought with James Ford of CREED

8/19: Urban League hosts First Day Ready event at The Mount Charlotte on Tuckaseegee

8/27: Another Chance House of Refuge 5K run, “Racing Through ReEntry”.

9/11, 1-6pm: Sacred Threads Conference

Opening Reflection

Take a moment of silence and reflect on the many ways in which you and the others on this call are building the community we long for.


1. MeckMIN Updates


Back-to-School party on August 6, 10 AM - 1 PM 3925 Willard Farrow Dr., Charlotte, 28215

Please help us provide school supplies from this Amazon wish list.

2. Community Information - Covid and other


Autumn B. Watson, MPH, REHS

Sr. Health Manager Community Outreach | COVID-19 Unit

Mecklenburg County Public Health

C: 704-621-5181

Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers


Pediatric vaccines were approved and start this week for most retail pharmacies, doctors offices and the health department. Individuals ages 6 months and older now have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The details: COVID vaccines have been authorized for children as young as 6 months. Getting children vaccinated is the best way to protect them from the worst outcomes of COVID. Help us spread the news to parents and caretakers in your community by sharing this graphic as a post on your social media. You can find materials to share here:

Sample post: Everyone as young as 6 months should get a COVID vaccine for protection against the worst outcomes of COVID. Learn more at #WeCanDoThis

We are coming off of a surge but we are still in medium risk stage so please consult with your physician about whether you should wear a mask.

3. Non-Profit Updates


Sarah Cover Director of Craft & Trade Academy Office: +1 (704) 247 6823, Direct: +1 (512) 590 4281

I am the director of Craft & Trade Academy, a non-profit trade school here in Charlotte that offers two tile installation apprenticeships, both of which are free for apprentices, pay a living wage and are recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor. We also offer a pre-apprenticeship program, P.A.C.E., which is serves as an introduction to the construction industry for those interested in pursuing a career in the trades, but with little or no experience. The program is ten weeks long and participants receive several nationally recognized certifications and complete rotations with different Charlotte-area companies to better understand the varieties of career pathways available in the industry. This program is also free for participants and provides a living wage.

The P.A.C.E. program is new – we begin our pilot run on June 20! – but we are excited to be able to offer this opportunity, along with our apprenticeships, to local communities. As we are also a newer non-profit, I am working to spread our message to a wider audience. Before joining Craft & Trade, I worked with Heart Math Tutoring for almost six years, and I know the amazing work faith organizations do in Charlotte!


Craig Miller, NPDES Permit Supervisor - Storm Water Services (704) 336-7605 | |

There is a new ban on particular types of asphalt sealant. These contain too much of a particular contaminant. The Storm Water Services website contains a list of substances that are NOT banned and available for use. The banned substances are toxic to aquatic life some are probable human carcinogens. Please know before you apply or you have to take expensive corrective action. For more information, please go to our site and scroll down to “Pavement Sealing”: If you see the incorrect stuff being used – it is black shiny and smells like mothballs – please call 311 and report it. Ask your contractor if they know about the ban and see the list of compliant products on the site.


Zach Surber Faith Relations Manager - Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region

980.859.5578 (office), 612.425.8225 (mobile),

We’re starting to publicize resources on our website for folks looking for assistance applying for property tax relief. I wanted to see if there are any other nonprofits and faith groups who are also providing this service (or similar) that would like to be listed on our website. Reach out to Zach if you want to be included in the list on their website.


Last year we celebrated 15 years of service but we couldn’t host a celebration. This year we WILL be celebrating and we hope you will save the date – July 30.

Also – office building is being sold and so they are looking for a new space. If you have any suggestions, please reach out to Sonja. They only need a small space – about 500 sq feet? Maybe? There is an ED, an intern and assorted volunteers so a shared space that is larger and could be used periodically would be great.


Louise McCrorie

Gas prices have gone up and so have food prices. Our donations have not kept up so we need food donations and financial donations. We also need drivers for home delivery and Friendship Trays. Please reach out if you can help. We are happy to have people for whatever time they can donate — you don’t have to make a long-term commitment.

A blurb for your newsletter:

  • Loaves & Fishes desperately needs home delivery drivers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 10 and 1 to deliver groceries.

  • Friendship Trays needs home delivery drivers Monday through Fridays between 10 and 12 to deliver prepared meals to those who cannot get out and/or prepare meals.

  • We also need food drives and donations of nonperishable, non-glass items and diapers.

Check out our website at for more information. You can also contact volunteer coordinator Lindsey Houser for more information:


John Giampaolo

(704) 677-9676.

Alliance Health serves people in North Carolina's Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Orange and Wake counties who are insured by Medicaid or are uninsured. Our network of providers offers treatment and support for mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual/developmental disabilities. We are interested in partnering with stakeholders in Mecklenburg County to offer assistance with navigating services and resources.

  • The Member & Recipient Service Line (800-510-9132) will be the primary contact for customer service inquires. This is the number that care givers need to call to inquire about Registry. The staff members who answer these calls will ensure that our Registry staff receive the information. Note: This number is for non-crisis situations. The hours of operation currently are 24/7-365. This will change on November 1, 2022. The new hours of operation will be Monday – Saturday (7am-6pm).

  • The Behavioral Health Crisis Line (877-223-4617) is currently handling all crisis related situations (i.e., Mobile crisis, etc..) The hours of operation are 24/7-365.

I am pleased to share that NC MedAssist will be holding a free Over the Counter Medicine event on Please take special note that the information in the original flyer was incorrect. The NC MedAssist will be holding a “free” Over the Counter Medicine event on Saturday, July 30 (9:am – 2:00pm) at Hidden Valley Elementary, 5100 Snow White Ln., Charlotte, NC 28213. Please share this information with your list serve and/or to stakeholders who work directly with individuals who would benefit from these resources. — See attached flyers


April Turner

First Year Ready — a program focused on those starting college for the first time or entering the workforce for the first time. We are going to make a trunk available to them filled with what is needed for a dorm experience. If you can donate, that would be great. Comforters, sheets, cookware for dorms, class stuff. — First Year Ready July 29, 2022 at the Good Life at Enderly Park

First Day Ready August 19, 2022 at The Mount Charlotte on Tuckaseegee— a back to school event that will include activities for the entire family and ensure that elementary school children have the supplies and resources that need to sucede on day one — for up to 300 students who register. It will be a day with school personnel set to answer questions about vaccinations, community resources, and more. Those questions will be answered in one place and they will give away needed things so if you can donate, please do.


Pamela Pearson

Vote Riders works to help people get their id’s so that they can vote (and also for other uses such as access to housing and employment.) They have had great success here in Charlotte so Pam has been tasked with is establishing similar programming across all the target states. She’s looking for someone to fill the position of organizing the work in Charlotte through November. That means attending and managing clinics at shelters and elsewhere. Successful candidate should be highly organized and enthusiastic about working in the community. Part time and temporary with some flexibility but need to be available during the daytime. It will eventually be a full time position. If you know of anyone, please reach out.


Linda Miller Client Services Assistant

O 704.371.6220 | M 704.651.3549

Support needed for families forced to move from hotel

A hotel that has been housing 79 households with an AMI under 30% is closing with 90 days to find new space. They are looking for orgs to provide around 150 people lunch sandwiches each day. If you are able to help, please reach out to Linda. We have a hotel we are working with that is going out of business and closing their doors. We are working to help 79 households of residents find new homes. We would prefer no peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! They get way too soggy in the heat by the time they are delivered.

Meat, Cheese on wheat with mustard and mayo on the side, bag of chips and a cookie will work. We do have plenty of water and drinks. The address is Southern Comfort Hotel, 4419 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, 28208. Please arrange drop off through me.

We do have staff onsite to help you set up. Can you please let me know if this is something your tea is able to do? You can reach me at my cell 704-651-3549 or email. Thank you- Linda


Natalie Marles (she/her/hers) Health Insurance Navigator / Outreach Specialist / Paralegal Advocate Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

Mailing Address: PO Box 25558 Charlotte, North Carolina 28229

We moved our new office is located at 5535 Albemarle Road Charlotte, NC 28212

The event is designed for the whole family and geared towards our new neighborhood, but anyone and everyone are invited. We want the community to know about our organization and think of us as a safe place where everyone is welcome regardless of nationality, race, sexual orientation, or language. The idea is to bring awareness to all the services/agencies/resources in our community and strengthen our reputation in Charlotte and beyond. There will be activities for kids, general services/resources information, health screenings, vaccinations, and more.

  • When: July 16th

  • Time: 10 AM – 2 PM [setup time starts 8:30]

  • Where: CCLA Parking lot [5535 Albemarle Rd Charlotte, NC 28212]

Here is the link to register as a vendor

Registration deadline: June 30th


4. General Information


Working to help kids catch up academically. Begins soon. If you know of families that would be interested, please share the flyers.


Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is helping Mecklenburg County seniors and adults receiving disability income to stay cool this summer by offering free box fans. Call and pre-register for a date and time to pick up a fan. Walk-ups will not be allowed. Mecklenburg County residents age 60+ and adults age 18 to 59 who receive disability income can register to pick up a fan while supplies last. Individuals are required to show a valid driver's license or state ID providing proof of age and a current Mecklenburg County address when picking up their fan. There is a limit of one fan per person.

Seniors can call THE MAIN NUMBER 980-314-1320 to check also of availabilities!

CABARRUS COUNTY RESIDENTS CAN CALL 704-920-1400 Option 7 to get registered. They have fans available. 1303 S. Cannon Blvd Kannapolis, NC Mon- Friday 8-5. Same Requirements as highlighted above.


United Way of Central Carolinas will launch its 2023 United Neighborhoods application process on June 27, 2022 at noon. This grant year, United Way will open granting pools for selected neighborhoods in Charlotte and the Lake Norman region.

If you are interested in submitting an LOI, please plan to attend an upcoming information session.

For more information about the United Neighborhoods grants process, please visit For additional questions and inquires, email Jamese Ivy.



I am part and parcel of the whole and cannot find God apart from the rest of humanity.

- Ghandi


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