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United Way funds Ada Jenkins, Big Brothers Big Sisters

June 15. United Way of Central Carolinas  will contribute $340,785 to Ada Jenkins in Davidson, as part of a strategy focused on building stronger neighborhoods, improving the systems that serve children and families, and providing basic needs support across our region. The targeted approach will be fueled by broad civic engagement that brings together the people, resources and services necessary to improve economic mobility. Big Brothers Big Sisters, which is also supported by Big Day at the Lake in Cornelius, will receive $310,000. Cornelius-based Our Towns Habitat will receive $84,500.

“Economic opportunity comes from strong families, vibrant neighborhoods and a fully engaged community,” said Sean Garrett, United Way’s executive director. “We believe strongly from what we’ve seen and heard through our hundreds of community conversations over the past few years, and in the findings of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, that it will take simultaneous focus on neighborhood transformation, as well as changes in the system, to create an environment of opportunity for all.”

Charlotte has scored lowest among the top 50 US cities in terms of upward mobility for the economically disadvantaged. At the neighborhood level, United Way will work with partners like Ada Jenkins and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“Our community is made up of caring people who want to be involved,” said Garrett. “What’s exciting about our work moving forward is we are providing avenues for everybody to take control of the future of our community.”

Here are more Lake Norman area contributions from United Way:

American Red Cross Carolina Piedmont Region – $63,291

Children’s Hope Alliance – $27,000

Exchange Scan – $37,000

Fifth Street Ministries (Diakonos) – $51,000

Hospice of Iredell County – $17,415

Iredell Council on Aging – $29,500

LIFESPAN – $30,034

Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission – $100,000

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity – $84,500

Safe Alliance – $110,747

LIFESPAN – $30,034

Piedmont Mediation Center – $30,000

Safe Alliance – $110,747

The Salvation Army – Statesville – $18,000

YMCA of Greater Charlotte – $9,100

Total – $948,372