Neighbors Helping Neighbors
We are already hearing many stories of creative and collaborative things that people are doing to help each other in this extraordinary time. We want to share this good stuff with you -- stay tuned for more to come on this page.
Do you have a great story about neighbors helping neighbors in our community? Drop us a line and we'll share it here.
Local Businesses Supporting the Community
Many corporations and individuals are making donations to the local COVID-19 Response Fund at HelpCharMeck.org. Applications are open for COVID-10 Nonprofit Grants from this fund, administered by United Way of the Central Carolinas and the Foundation for the Carolinas.
The Charlotte Community Tool Bank is providing tables, chairs, tents and other equipment free of charge to organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. If your business or organization is provoiding food or setting up health services and has a need to borrow equipment, call 704-469-5880. Inventory listing here.
Kenna Kunijo – Kenna Kunijo is accepting donations at the salon to help support the @urbanpromiseclt community. Here’s how you can help:
- Drop off non-perishable food items or paper goods at the salon (avaliable until Sunday, March 22nd)
- Vemno @kenna-kunijo and include the note “I want to help” in the memo to contribute towards Walmart gift cards.
Update: Donation drop-offs have ended as the store is now closed.
Free Cart Ride is offering free delivery of food from certain South End restaurants and breweries, sponsored by Atrium Health.
Get Fit Foods (all locations): Drop off non-perishable items and/or send monetary donations via Venmo (jbenton74) Cashapp ($esqx3) or PayPal (PayPal.me/shamyraparkerwinston). In need of volunteers to distribute food. For more information visit @getfitfoodsclt or @fuzionforce on Instagram.
Girl Tribe - Small Business Sponsorship T-shirt and sweatshirt sales. $10 of the sale of every shirt and sweatshirt (check them out here) will go towards readily available funds for small business friends. More information on their site. Also, go shop online – there’s free shipping!
Christopher Sottile, of The Loyalist Market has arranged a GoFundMe to help serve local children lunch from a network of restaurants while schools are closed. As of March 19, 16 restaurants and businesses are participating, and they are serving 700 kids per day. A few of our South End neighbors are among the participants. Stay tuned for updates.
Support Local or Else created by Corri Smith and Garrett Tichy is actively collecting businesses who are feeling the extreme impacts with ways you can help. Submit your business and shop their deals over on their site.
ROOTS Cafe has launched their Feeding Charlotte Campaign. How does it work? You buy a gift card from Roots and name the recipient as Feeding Charlotte. We will then use every cent of that gift card to purchase and produce food for those in need. By donating to this program you will also be supporting our local farmers as Roots will be sourcing as much produce as we can through our surrounding farms. Learn more about this program here. Donate here.
A friendly note:
Jin Megert from Bulgogi Box let us know that a sous chef from a nearby restaurant stopped by and left a loaf of bread (nicely wrapped with a kind note) in case someone needed it.
We love our community. And we love these stories. Keep them coming.
Resources for Neighbors in Need
CMS is coordinating free meal distribution for children while school is out.
NC unemployment benefits can be accessed by applying online here. Frequently asked questions about unemployment insurance related to COVID-19 are here.
Learn how you can leave a server a virtual tip. If you’re a server, bartender, line cook, dishwasher, or other service industry professional who’s been laid off or otherwise financially affected by the coronavirus shutdown, submit your information here. You’ll be added to the database so fellow Charlotteans can give directly to you. This is a project called #tipCLT. (Via Charlotte Agenda)