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AmeriCorps Program Serving Seven Charlotte Communities

Areas include: West Boulevard, North Mecklenburg, Sugar Creek/I-85, Graham/N.Tryon Corridor

United Way of Greater Charlotte is partnering with Amazon and AmeriCorps North Carolina to sponsor eight members, currently living in or connected to targeted local communities, to participate in the AmeriCorps Program and provide continued support for neighborhoods.

At its core, AmeriCorps’ mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. As part of the AmeriCorps Program, eight members will lead engagement activities within their neighborhoods to increase the residents’ knowledge of the services available through United Way’s United Neighborhoods initiative.

“Through United Neighborhoods, United Way is working alongside residents and Community Quarterbacks to achieve the vision for their communities. True change for the neighborhood hinges on residents’ awareness of the resources available to them,” stated Kathryn Firmin-Sellers, United Way of Greater Charlotte Executive Vice-President & Chief Impact Officer. “The personal outreach provided by the AmeriCorps members will better connect residents with these resources.”

Participating Community Quarterback and communities includes:

  • ourBRIDGE for Kids| Albemarle Road/Central Avenue
  • North End Community Coalition | Graham Street /N. Tryon Street
  • CrossRoads Corporation | Grier Heights
  • Freedom Communities | Freedom Drive/Wilkinson Blvd.
  • Ada Jenkins | North Mecklenburg (Huntington Green, East Catawba, West Davidson, Pottstown, Smithville) 
  • Life Project | Sugar Creek Road/I-85
  • West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition | West Boulevard

The program has begun in West Boulevard, North Mecklenburg, Sugar Creek/I-85, and Graham/N.Tryon Corridor. United Way is recruiting interested members to serve in Freedom/Wilkinson Corridor, Central/Albemarle Corridor, and the Grier Heights neighborhood.

“The United Neighborhoods AmeriCorps program is one of nineteen AmeriCorps North Carolina programs, administered by VolunteerNC. We are excited to have an AmeriCorps program dedicated to serving residents of the greater Charlotte area and look forward to seeing the impact these members have on the communities where they are placed,” stated Megan Trawick, Deputy Director, NC Governor’s Office Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service. “VolunteerNC will work closely with United Way of Greater Charlotte to support this dedicated group of AmeriCorps members throughout their year of service.”

Paired with Amazon’s generous sponsorship, the AmeriCorps grant will provide members the opportunity to receive money for college and trade school, receive a living allowance, access to childcare, be eligible for loan deferment and interest forbearance, access professional development opportunities and be part of a strong alumni network.

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