Mar 9, 2021 - Education

How to help 5 local nonprofits supporting students

CIS, Communities in Schools, CMS, Title 1, Charity, Non-Profit

Courtesy of Communities in Schools Charlotte

Students need support now more than ever. Even with more in-person learning options, it’s tough to navigate school during a pandemic, especially for low-income families.

Why it matters: Low-income students specifically are facing an uphill battle when it comes to getting an education during the pandemic. [Go deeper]

Many of the organizations below specifically support these groups. Through various methods, they’re working to bridge the gap to keep students from falling behind this school year.

  • Even if your family doesn’t need these resources, someone in your circle may.

Communities in Schools Charlotte-Mecklenburg

CIS is a nonprofit that works with CMS to get free help for students in Title 1 schools. They provide everything from school supplies and food to technology help. During the pandemic CIS’ work is even more critical, but because of lower engagement in virtual learning, not all CMS families are aware of the services CIS provides.

Support: Right now the organization is accepting volunteers and donations. Volunteer jobs include mentoring students and sorting supplies (there are virtual volunteer opportunities as well).

Donations go toward things like college and career readiness programs, food and snacks, and clothing and hygiene.

Steve Smith Family Foundation

The former Panther is using his nonprofit to support students experiencing homelessness. During the pandemic the foundation has held virtual learning support for 100+ students; many of whom wouldn’t be able to attend their virtual classes without the program. It includes tutoring, daily meals and transportation.

Support: The Foundation is accepting monetary donations and Amazon wish list items. If you’re interested in volunteering, reach out to [email protected].

Classroom Central

Provides free supplies to teachers and students in need. The goal is to keep teachers from having to spend so much of their own money on supplies and to ensure students have the tools they need to learn

Support: Classroom Central has in-person and remote volunteer opportunities that include making flashcards, sorting supplies and sewing masks. They also take monetary donations.

My Brother’s Keeper CLT

The MBK initiative was launched by President Obama in 2014. The program supports young men of color by addressing the inequities they face. From mentorship, to college prep, to history lessons, MBK provides wide ranging support.

Support: MBKCLT enlists a variety of volunteers to support the boys in their program. Learn more about volunteer and mentorship opportunities, here.

UrbanPromise Academy

UrbanPromise is a Christian organization that supports students through after school and summer programs. During the pandemic they’ve supported families financially and held a full day UrbanPromise Academy. The full day programing will continue until CMS increases its in-person class offerings.

The organization focuses on leadership and employs high school students to help with the younger kids.

Support: There are a variety of volunteer opportunities with Urban Promise, but they’re on hold due to COVID-19. Stay up to date on when opportunities open back up, here. Make a monetary donation here.


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