Smithville Community Coalition

The Smithville Community Coalition, shown collecting trash in 2016, received $314,375 recently from United Way of Central Carolinas.

1. United Way made $26.4 million in investments

The United Way of Central Carolinas grants announced June 6 support more than 100 programs and initiatives in the Charlotte region that aim to strengthen neighborhoods, boost economic mobility and provide a safety net for people in need. Of that funding, $1.35 million went to Lake Norman-based organizations, or those providing services locally. UWCC serves Mecklenburg, Iredell, Union, Cabarrus and Anson counties.

2. UWCC’s funding strategy has three key elements

The first, United Neighborhoods, works to improve outcomes for children and families by supporting holistic, community-driven transformational efforts. Unite Charlotte supports new and grassroots organizations focused on improving racial equity and increasing social capital. Finally, Impact Grants support agencies across five counties that work collaboratively to provide comprehensive and coordinated services that will improve economic mobility.

3. Safe Alliance Inc. got the highest amount locally

The Charlotte-based organization, which has a Lake Norman location on West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, received $672,750 in Impact grants. Safe Alliance provides a continuum of crisis services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Among its offerings are the Greater Charlotte Hope Line, a 24/7 hotline for Mecklenburg County residents; safety planning services; hospital accompaniment; case management; systems advocacy; and support groups.

4. Ada Jenkins and Our Towns were major recipients

Ada Jenkins Center was granted $314,375 by UWCC. The Davidson organization offers a variety of health, education and social services for residents of north Mecklenburg County. Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, which serves north Mecklenburg and Iredell County, received $101,250. Habitat homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage, while the organization performs critical home-repair services.

5. Funds were given to Smithville coalition

The Cornelius Smithville Community Coalition was the recipient of $25,000 as part of the United Neighborhoods funding. The organization is working to revitalize and transform the historic neighborhood into a vibrant, safe and attractive community and attract new developments of affordable homes and businesses. Other local recipients include: Davidson Cornelius Child Development Center, $33,750; E2D - Eliminate the Digital Divide, $55,000; Lake Norman Community Health Clinic, $50,625; and YMCA of Greater Charlotte $290,250. The next round of United Way funding set for January 2021.

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