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United Way of Central Carolinas

United Way of Central Carolinas has named a new president and chief executive. Laura Clark, who is currently executive vice president and chief impact officer for the organization, will replace Sean Garrett, who stepped down to become the chief executive with United Way of Metro Chicago.

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Charlotte emergency food and shelter programs that lost more than $500,000 in federal funding in June are getting that money back — at least for this year. 

United Way of Central Carolinas

The executive director of the United Way of Central Carolinas announced Thursday that he will be resigning to accept a similar leadership position in Chicago.

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Updated Friday, July 6, 2018
Charlotte Family Housing is closing two of its three homeless shelters for the summer as it copes with a loss of funding from the United Way and other sources. 

CEO Mack McDonald of the Renaissance West Community Initiative talks with a student at Renaissane West STEAM Academy, a public school built in partnership with the neighborhood.
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Updated Friday, June 8, 2018
United Way of Central Carolinas announced $24.5 million in new grants Thursday, and the list has a different look from years past. The agency is shifting some funding to initiatives to improve economic opportunity and mobility.

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Homeless people in the Charlotte region in need of housing, health care or other services will now be able to call one number for help.

The United Way’s NC 211 line allows people to get the referrals that they need, without having to go through multiple agencies. 

Volunteer organization Hands On Charlotte plans to merge with the United Way of Central Carolinas in a deal agreed upon last week. Meanwhile, Gov. Roy Cooper was in Charlotte Monday morning for the YMCA’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast, where he said he still holds out hope that lawmakers will repeal the state’s controversial House Bill 2.  

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Charlotte’s United Way has hired a new executive director who’s young, has worked for United Ways his entire career and will bring top-tier fundraising experience to an agency still rebuilding after an executive pay scandal rocked the community in 2008.

Sean Garrett, 32 and currently vice president of development for United Way Worldwide in New York City, will begin the job in Charlotte on March 1 – just after the end of the United Way’s 2014-15 fundraising campaign.

Julie Rose

Say you’re homeless and you’re looking for help.  There are a lot of places in the Charlotte region that offer it.  But some of them only help women, or men, or veterans, or domestic violence victims.  United Way is part of an effort to get these groups to coordinate better so that it’s easier to match homeless people with the help they need. 


Teams Pull 50-Ton Airplane For Charity

Oct 9, 2012
Tasnim Shamma

Fifteen feet doesn’t sound like a lot, unless you’re pulling a 50-ton airplane. And that’s exactly what teams lined up to do at the U.S. airways hangar in Charlotte this morning. They weren’t there just to show off which team had the largest biceps. The goal was to raise money for United Way of Central Carolinas.

There were 26 teams of 20 employees, but Freight Flyers was the most anticipated team. After all, they’re the defending champs.