At a time when we are being ordered to stay apart from one another physically, we are grateful businesses and organizations that are coming together in support of our local nonprofit community. Check out the list below of businesses and organizations doing GOOD things in the face of crisis.
The following is not a comprehensive list of all who are giving back and supporting local nonprofits at this time- if there is a business or organization you would like to acknowledge for their generosity, we are happy to add them to this growing list, just let us know!
- MHI has donated $20K ($5K per week) to local nonprofits who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. Here are the past few week’s recipients: Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, A Child's Place, HopeMatch, CLTgivePPE and Safe Alliance. MHI also donated $25,450 to the Rock Hill School District Education Foundation to purchase food and provide support to disadvantaged children that are currently being affected due to COVID-19 and school closures.
- Through a partnership with Heal Charlotte, Chef Gregory Collier of Uptown Yolk provided free breakfast meals to 75 kids and 25 adults living in Orchard Trace. Read more.
- Lyft launched the Essential Delivery initiative allowing government agencies, nonprofits, health care organizations and other groups to request on-demand delivery of meals, groceries, medicine and other necessities. Read more.
- Simplicity Organizers created Box of Love to provide nonperishable and healthy meal boxes to support the West Boulevard Ministry community.
- Signup Genius provided Families Forward in Forward Charlotte, who supports local families living in poverty, the ability to organize volunteers to provide activities and snacks for families enrolled in the program. Read more.
- Former Panthers running back, Jonathan Stewart ,and his wife, Natalie, have partnered with the Steve Smith Family Foundation, Convoy of Hope and Elevation Outreach to raise $35,000 to bring an 18-wheeler filled with 40 tons of food, water and other supplies to Charlotte. Read more.
- Freedom House Church has covered $2 million in medical debt for strangers in the Charlotte area. Read more.
- Members of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) donated $40 that would have been spent to attend a luncheon to their favorite nonprofit. Read more here.
- Frontline Foods Charlotte raises funds from the community to buy healthy meals from local Charlotte area restaurants to give to hospital workers. Participating local restaurants include: Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen, Nourish,The Dumpling Lady, Sabor, The Common Market, Leah & Louise and 300 East.
- American Airlines is rewarding American Red Cross donations with bonus miles. Read more.
- UNC Charlotte has created two funds to help students during the COVID-19 crisis. The UNC Charlotte Emergency Relief Fund helps current students by providing financial support and the Jamil Niner Student Pantry Fund, provides services to students who have food insecurities.
- Spiracle Media and EVERFI are providing digital STEM lessons to students at three Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Read more.
- SREE Hotels, is providing hot meals to Charlotte and Columbia area employees and their immediate family members affected by COVID-19.
- QC Catering created the Feed It Forward Campaign to provide meals for UrbanPromise, Feeding Charlotte, ourBRIDGE for KIDS, and Novant Health Foundation.
- Firehouse Subs donated 575 meals to local healthcare workers and has donated more than 67,000 meals nationally since March 18. Read more.
- Enderly Coffee is offering coffee drops to medical professionals which includes 2lbs coffee and a handwritten note. These can be sponsored by the community for $25 each.
- Cordero Lighting is donating proceeds from their ‘O’ Edison Table Lamp to A Child’s Place.
- The Loyalist Market and Deli in Matthews, is providing lunch to the students of The Nest Academy every single day until school resumes to relieve families' burden during the quarantine.
- Blue Blaze Brewery is providing a food drop location and conducting "Civil Gatherings" to take what you need and leave what you can. They are also providing home delivery services for not only our products but other local cideries and breweries who are not home delivering such as Red Clay and Lenny Boy.
- Catawba Brewing has converted their private event venue, “The Barrel Room at Catawba Brewing,” to a food packaging and distribution center for The Bulb Mobile Markets.
- Sycamore Brewing is raising funds for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and giving 100% of all online market gift card purchases, up to $30,000, to their cause.
- The KIPP Charlotte Board of Directors and Beacon Partners have teamed up to offer up to $50,000 for a matching gift challenge to support KIPP Charlotte's efforts in helping 1,500 students, alumni and their families meet their academic, nutritional, mental health, and technological needs during these unique and challenging times.
- Promising Pages provided 22,000 books to CMS students while schools were closed.
- Hygge Coworking and Black Wednesday have partnered to create slOe (Support Local or Else) an online resource to help support local businesses.
- Doc Porter’s Distillery is pivoting its resources to mass-produce hand sanitizer for local nonprofits, medical professionals, and first responders in the area
- Chef Alyssa's Kitchen has made numerous efforts to help during the crisis including linking up with Loyalist Market to provide 50 lunches a day to students in the month of March as well as providing additional lunches to Urban Promise, Neighborhood Hope (The Abandon Project) and the Salvation Army.
Our friends at Foundation for the Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas created the COVID-19 Response Fund and have raised more than $19M for local nonprofit organizations thanks to donors. Check out the full list of individuals, companies and organizations who have contributed to the fund here and see which nonprofits have been awarded grants as a result, here!