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Emergency Fund Awards $437K

By Tonia Bendickson - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A "critical needs" fund launched last December is giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to help those impacted by our area's economic crisis.

The Foundation for the Carolinas "Mecklenburg Critical Needs Task Force" raised more than $2.5 million, and distributed the contributions to local nonprofits.  This last round of $437K from the short-term fund went to ten organizations.

$7,000 to Charlotte Rescue Mission

$35,527 to Friendship Trays

$39,264 to Hope Haven

$125,000 to Loaves and Fishes

$8,500 to Nexus Urban Serve

$75,000 to The Salvation Army Center of Hope

$36,770 to Uptown Shelter

$10,000 to Urban Restoration

$50,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank

$50,000 to Crisis Assistance Ministry

Brian Collier, Sr. VP for Community Philanthropy says, "This economic crisis has hit home almost unlike any other.  We all know people who've lost their jobs.  The focus of this task force has been to deploy these dollars in the most strategic way possible."

Collier says there is about $100K left in this short-term fund, and that team members will consider using the remaining money to specifically target the needs of children in crisis.

The question we face now, he says is, "what if anything can and should this community do to continue to look at the need."  As economic indicators continue to fall, Collier says many agencies in this community will face "cataclysmic" cutbacks in July.


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