We are proud of our city and recognize that real leadership is derived by service to others and to all future generations.
Our true passion is to help reduce the impact of poverty on our neighbors.
We believe in openness and accountability. This approach will enhance our relationships with clients and donors.
Families Forward Charlotte aims to ease the burden of poverty on children and their families in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. We are providing essential goods, educational programs, a comprehensive list of resources and assistance in navigating existing resources. The organization’s goal is to establish long-term stability for the children and families we serve.
Families Forward Charlotte envisions our city free of children and their families living in poverty.
Each family in our Family Assistance Program is referred by one of our partnering schools. Families are interviewed to determine their individual needs. Throughout the year, families receive customized Essentials Baskets filled with toiletries and household goods. Additionally, we provide financial assistance to families based on their needs. Whether it’s a new microwave, school supplies or gas money, our aid will be specific to each family’s need.
We provide each family in our Family Assistance Program with a Family Liaison (a volunteer mentor) who works with families, one-on-one, during the year to help them get closer to life-long stability. After an in-depth interview of each family, we help the family set goals and then connect them to existing community resources while providing specific assistance in navigating or applying for those resources. We connect families with educational opportunities and provide social capital to families to make life-long connections and encourage success.
WEEKEND FOOD PACKS
We coordinate, raise funds, collect donations, and provide volunteers to prepare food bags for children and families in food-insecure households. Each bag provides a child with food over weekends and holidays when they lack access to free breakfast and lunch at their school.
Knowledge is power. We are committed to connect you to the specific resources you need, quickly.
Here you can access our comprehensive list of community resources for Mecklenburg County, NC
Fund Car Repair or Purchase!You can give the gift of transportation! We are working with 4 families that own cars but they are parked in their driveway due to not being able to afford the repairs, and another 2 families that are in desperate need of transportation. Reliable transportation is crucial to the success of these families - being able to pick up their kids from school in an emergency, take their children to daycare so they can work to support the family, and transportation to work all hinges on them having a reliable mode of transportation that our bus system doesn't afford them.$20.00 donated of $3,000.00 goal
Fund Weekend Food Packs!You can give the gift of nourishment to a local child! So many children rely on the food that schools provide for breakfast and lunch - but what happens when they go home on weekends? We provide 120 weekend food packs each month to a local school to ensure children don't have to wonder where their next meal will come from. It costs roughly $7.25 per pack to provide items such as shelf-stable milk, granola bars, soups, and protein that will serve the child and other family members.$125.00 donated of $3,000.00 goal
Fund Emergency Assistance for local Families!You can give the gift of peace of mind! For the families we serve, living on the edge of homelessness, a simple accident or job loss could derail all of the hard work and progress they have fought so hard to obtain. Many families aren't so lucky to have family members that can help them in their time of need. You can help them by donating to our emergency fund which will be used for various needs like emergency home repair, food, clothing, rent or utilities.$550.00 donated of $3,000.00 goal
Fund Beds and Furniture!You can give the gift of comfort and security! Some of the families we serve are sleeping on blow up mattresses or have beds that are broken and dangerous to sleep on. We have needs for all sizes of beds, dressers, and end tables. Having a safe and comfortable place to sleep is crucial for the success of children and adults so they can be well rested for school or work.$0.00 donated of $3,000.00 goal
Families Forward Charlotte is a nonprofit organization committed to easing the burden of poverty on children and their families in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina! We are providing essential goods, educational programs, a comprehensive list of resourcesand assistance in navigating existing resources. The organization’s goal is to establish long-term stability for the children and families we serve.
We are a volunteer organization founded in 2017. All of the donations received funds our programming. Financial statements and 990s will be posted as they become available.
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We want to share with you an excerpt from the speech our founder, Carrie Christian, gave at the Hearts For Hope event last weekend... A few months back, I was sent an article called “Behavioral economics has a plan to fight poverty—and it’s all about redesigning the...read more