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Meet Our 2023 United Neighborhoods Partners

United Neighborhoods was launched in 2017 by United Way of Greater Charlotte to change the odds for people living in the Charlotte region’s most disinvested neighborhoods. For 2023, the Lakeview, Renaissance West and Grier Heights neighborhoods are joined by 10 other neighborhoods in Charlotte’s ‘corridors of opportunity,’ which includes the Historic West End, the West Boulevard corridor, and the North End. 

Working with lead partners in each community, United Way funds and guides the work toward achieving the collective goal of building thriving neighborhoods. Needs of these communities are identified by residents and addressed by a coalition of community stakeholders that includes schools, nonprofits, government officials, churches, hospitals and businesses.


A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas | Preserves the legacy of the African Diaspora through music, dance and the spoken word.

Ada Jenkins Center | Exists to help people in our community create lasting solutions for economic stability. 

Alliance Center for Education | Provides high-quality education and support for children in need through partnership with their families. 

Amity Medical Group | Provides patient-centered team-based care with excellence in quality, services and access to all despite any barriers, stigma, socioeconomic or health disparity.

Augustine Literacy Project | Improves the reading, writing, and spelling skills of young, aspiring readers in under-resourced communities. 

Beatties Ford Road Vocational Trade & Family Counseling Center | Provides vocational training in construction trades, fiber optics and information technology trades for men and women ages 16 and up that will provide an opportunity for students to garner high wages. 

Beds for Kids |  Provides beds and essential furniture to children and their families in need.

Camino Community Development Corporation | Equips all people to live healthy, hopeful, and productive lives through the Camino Health Center (CHC), which has provided bilingual and multicultural services to low-income Latino families. 

Care Ring, Inc. | Empowers individuals with limited resources to establish and maintain good health.

Caterpillar Ministries |  Encourages the well-being of families in the Huntington Green Neighborhood, as well as nurtures and strengthens God-centered homes.

Center 360 | Empowers youth who are at risk of disengaging from school by providing non-traditional enrichment opportunities.

Center for Community Transitions | Strengthens the community by helping people with criminal records and their families find a healthier and more productive way of living.

Change University |  Promotes growth in every field of human endeavor and teach scholars the difference between poverty and wealth earlier versus later to ensure they understand the consequences of their choices.

Charlotte Bilingual Preschool |  Prepares Spanish-speaking children for success in school and life by providing superior, dual-language, multicultural early education.

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy | Pursues justice for those in need and provides a place where all people are treated fairly and have access to legal representation to meet basic human needs of safety, economic security and stability. 

Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center, Inc.** | Provides access to superior speech-language and hearing services that empower and transform lives.

Charlotte Works | Connects job seekers and employers and provides skills training and work opportunities for youth and adults for Mecklenburg County.

Clanton Park Neighborhood Coalition |  Promotes homeownership, collaboration with home schools and serves the community while attracting families and businesses to the community. 

Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc. |  Surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. 

CrossRoads Corporation | Honors the history and supports the collective vision of rejuvenation, economic stability, healthy living and educational achievement within the Grier Heights community.

Culinary Connections | Feeds, trains, equips and educates to improve the quality of life of groups or individuals in disadvantaged environments or communities through feeding and job training programs.

Digi-Bridge | Equips shareholders with the means to foster optimal use of technology in the learning environment, ensuring that all 21st century learners have opportunities to succeed in the digital age.

DreamKey Partners | Transforms lives, communities and what is possible through affordable housing.

East Charlotte Coalition of Neighborhoods (ECCON) | transform lives, communities, and what is possible through affordable housing.

Esther’s Heart for Transformation Ministry |  Equips our youth to fulfill their Kingdom purpose and destiny through character empowerment, encouragement, motivation and support as well as empowers and educates them to express themselves through crafts and other outlets.

Faith Memorial Community Outreach Center | Engages, educates and empowers the residents of the Lakeview community to become strong families through faith-based character development, child and family stability programming and civic awareness training. 

Families Forward Charlotte | Partners with Charlotte-area families experiencing poverty to achieve lasting economic stability. Provides educational opportunities, offers essential support, and fosters long-term relationships through individualized mentoring.

Family Mankind |  seeks to permanently eradicate domestic violence (DV), sexual assault, child abuse and bullying by passionately working with individuals and their families who have participated in violent behavior such as DV offenders, sex offenders, child abusers and bullies.

Florence Crittenton Services | Promotes health and hope for tomorrow’s children by providing comprehensive health, education, pregnancy prevention and social services for single pregnant and nonpregnant adolescents, women, and their families.

For The Struggle, Inc. | Utilizes various outlets, including community outreach, policy reform, and legal action to advocate with and on behalf of communities to zealously fight systemic issues of racial and social injustice.

Freedom Communities | Works holistically with families in the interconnected areas of housing, employment, education and health and wellness.

Freedom School Partners | Promotes children’s long-term success by preventing summer learning loss through igniting a passion for reading and inspiring a love of learning.

Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council** | Builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place and provides an opportunity for every girl to maximize her potential and become a leader in her own life. 

Grameen America | Helps women who live in poverty build small businesses to create better lives for their families. 

Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region | Brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Historic Hoskins Coalition | Lifts up their voice for the entire Hoskins Community.

Historic West End Partners | Advocates for cultural preservation and economic development stimulation in the Historic West End.

Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance | Engages community members by connecting them to resources, youth programming and leadership opportunities while advocating for Lakeview’s growth and renewal to be a safe and beautiful environment for residents to thrive.

Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.** | Provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.

Life Project | Helps minister to the needs of those we serve in the community.

Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays, Inc. | Helps meet our community’s food insecurity needs by providing nutritious groceries and prepared meals to people in need.

Money Magnets Club | Encourages entrepreneurship among elementary school kids and their responsible adults through business concepts, exposure, planning, and resources.

North End Community Coalition (NECC) | Advocates for an equitable community by amplifying our voices and connecting neighbors to opportunities.

ourBridge for Kids | Attends to the academic and socio-emotional needs of refugee and immigrant children and their families.

POP’s Passion* | Provides life changing resources to families and communities in need.

Pottstown Heritage Group | Stands against gentrification and provides much-needed resources in education, community beautification, affordable housing and aging in place. 

Project 658 (DBA: Hope Community Clinic) | Offers medical and counseling services in a combined facility for Charlotte families, access to affordable, safe and quality care.

Promise Youth Development* |  helps underserved youth in East Charlotte develop optimal health through education, resilience focused mentoring and anti-violence programs.

QC Family Tree | Cultivates, tends to and nurtures people and places so that they might create environments of abundance, justice, imagination, and mutual care for all.

RAO Community Health | Educates, advocates and supports diverse and underserved populations including the minority and LGBTQ+ communities, through compassionate and quality care.

Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte | Mobilizes community volunteers and contractors to provide repairs that make homes safer and healthier for our neighbors in need.

Refugee Support Services of the Carolinas, Inc. | Facilitates programs and intercultural relationships that promote refugee self-sufficiency and enrich our community

Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI) |  Promotes a collaborative community centered on quality housing, education, health, wellness and opportunity. 

S.T.A.R.S. Math & English Academy | Seeks to improve students’ math, English and reading skills using a balanced curriculum that stresses the rigors of English and mathematics, while complementing these subjects with soft skills.

Smithville CommUNITY Coalition | Revitalizes and transforms our CommUNITY into a vibrant, safe and attractive place to live and work that builds pride in its residents and attracts new developments of affordable homes and businesses, focusing on empowering all individuals and strengthening families.

Stiletto Boss University | Uses entrepreneurship as the foundation for teaching high school girls the power of collaboration, sisterhood and community impact.

The Bulb | Provides mostly local produce, as well as health and wellness education, via weekly farmers markets to food insecure neighborhoods in the Charlotte area. 

The Helps Education Fund, Inc. | Provides evidence-based programs and services that are free or low-cost and meaningfully advance student outcomes from birth through adulthood.

The Hope Youth Network (DBA: Rise n Grind) | Equips youth with positive alternatives, encourages higher education and produces young leaders in the community.

The Males Place | Provides comprehensive and prevention based behavior, health educational programming, mentoring and life skills training necessary for manhood development for African American boys, ages 12 through 18.

West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition (WBNC) | Drives community-led strategies promoting economic and community development for residents and businesses along the West Blvd Corridor.

West Side Community Land Trust | Creates permanently affordable housing with community-centered development in west Charlotte and beyond.

Youth Development Initiatives (YDI) | Offers evidence-based after school programming to give disadvantaged youth the guidance and life skills training necessary to finish high school prepared for college, vocational school, the military and/or a job.

YWCA Central Carolinas** |  Aims to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. 

* Indicates Unite Charlotte partner

** Indicates Regional Investment

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