Aug 26, 2021 - Education

10 Charlotte nonprofits that need your help this school year

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

Courtesy of Communities in Schools Charlotte

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Another uncertain school year has now begun as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Local nonprofits — especially those supporting students, families and schools directly — need your help now more than ever. Here are 7 ways to help across 10 nonprofits.

(1) Write notes of encouragement for teachers and students.

Work with Classroom Central to write supportive notes for both students and teachers this school year. The more decorative, the better.

(2) Stock needed supplies.

Over 300 Charlotte nonprofits have wish lists through Share Charlotte. Digi-Bridge, which focuses on improving access to tech in the classroom, needs items like batteries, Elmer’s glue and granola bars.

(3) Volunteer as a tutor.

Charlotte-based Heart Math Tutoring is looking for volunteers to start in late September and work with students throughout the school year. Don’t worry if math isn’t your strong suit, the nonprofit focuses on elementary age math. You got this.

(4) Supply meals for students and their families.

At Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, you can volunteer, organize a food drive and give financially.

Immediate needs for FeedNC, based in Moorseville, include volunteers and pantry items like spaghetti sauce, quick grits, canned vegetables and cereal.

(5) Offer support to Charlotte’s refugee and immigrant families.

OurBRIDGE for Kids is looking for volunteers ages 17 and up to assist in their after school programs as well as other engagement and advocacy efforts.

Also, Welcome Home CLT serves refugee families from Afghanistan (along with Syria and Myanmar) and is assisting other organizations in North Carolina as more Afghan refugees and their children make their way to the state.

(6) Mentor a student as a “social capital investor.”

Support Communities In Schools’ mission as a social capital investor and offer mentorship in the form of job shadowing, internships, mock interviews and college essay workshops.

(7) Donate to a nonprofit you believe in.

  • Steve Smith Family Foundation promotes family wellness and domestic violence awareness and prevention. Donate here.
  • MeckEd works with local public schools to improve students’ experiences. Donate here.
  • Or, of course, donate to any of the other nonprofits listed above.

Go deeper: How to help 5 local nonprofits supporting students

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