Service Projects

Racial Equity Service Projects

Embodying Dr. King’s commitment to service, United Way of Central Carolinas invites all participants in this learning journey to get involved in the weekly call to action opportunities that benefit area nonprofits.

To take part in the projects below, you can shop agencies’ Amazon Wish List to make a “contactless” donation, or reach out to the agencies directly to schedule a delivery of your donations. We may also organize a donation drop-off event in the near future, but in order to ensure the safety of donors and volunteers we are waiting for the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions to schedule that event.

SERVICE CHALLENGE #1: LEARN

As individuals and as a community, to be effective champions of racial equity we must first take the time to learn key concepts such as racism, bias and privilege. We must build our vocabulary, so that we can “talk the talk” of understanding and healing.

Service Activity: Black Authors Children’s Book Drive

Sponsored by: Duke Energy, TIAA, Grant Thornton

Encourage literacy in our community’s youngest members by collecting and donating new children’s books by Black authors. These books will be distributed to children in need by our distribution partners.

To purchase a new children’s book by Black authors, visit this Amazon Wish List and books will be delivered to one of our distribution partners.

Mecklenburg: Promising Pages

4020 Yancey Road, Charlotte, NC 28217

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Anson: Anson County Partnership for Children

117 South Greene Street, Wadesboro, NC 28170

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Cabarrus: Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus

247 Spring Street NW, Concord, NC 28026

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Union: Boys & Girls Club of Union

- 224 E Old Hwy 74, Monroe, NC 28112

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Lake Norman: Davidson Cornelius Child Development Center

242 Gamble Street, Davidson, NC 28036

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SERVICE CHALLENGE #2: ACT

Dr. King understood that it wasn’t enough to “talk the talk” to advance racial justice, you had to be willing to “walk the walk,” which he did when coordinating large-scale activities such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington and the Selma to Montgomery March.

Service Activity: Sock Drive

Sponsored by: Atrium, First National Bank

Nonprofit agencies serving our homeless neighbors have a constant need for socks, as well as current needs for facemasks, hand sanitizer and hats/gloves. NEW items (no used items, please) will be provided to these local organizations active in serving homeless individuals in our region.

Don’t have any of these items? Purchase them from this Amazon Wish List and items will be delivered to one of our distribution partners.

Mecklenburg: Roof Above

945 North College Street, Charlotte, NC 28206

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Cabarrus: Cooperative Christian Ministry

246 Country Club Drive NE, Concord, NC 28025

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Union: Community Shelter of Union County

160 Meadow Street, Monroe, NC 28110

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Lake Norman: Fifth Street Ministries

1421 Fifth Street, Statesville, NC 28687

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SERVICE CHALLENGE 3: SUSTAIN

In the final years of his activism, Dr. King adjusted his focus from racial justice to poverty, understanding that the two challenges were inextricably tied together. In fact, he was in the early stages of planning a Poor People’s March on Washington when he was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968.

Service Activity: Food Drive

Sponsored by: Knight Foundation, Trane

Food insecurity in our region impacts a growing number of families due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our food distribution partners have asked for the following donations: peanut butter, dried beans, canned meat, canned low-sodium soup or stew, canned low-sodium vegetables and canned fruit.

Mecklenburg/Union/Anson: Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

500-B Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC 28206

Cabarrus: Cooperative Christian Ministry

246 Country Club Drive NE, Concord, NC 28025

Lake Norman: Ada Jenkins Center

212 Gamble Street, Davidson, NC 28036

DROP-OFF EVENT

The food drive service project planned as part of the Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge Donation Drop-Off Event continues to be hampered by the pandemic and our goal to ensure the safety of both donors and volunteers. But, we also wish to work promptly to provide our partner agencies with the donated items collected by our neighbors.

If you have items to donate that you have collected throughout the 21-Day Challenge, please contact Bob Young, director of community impact at United Way of Central Carolinas at byoung@uwcentralcarolinas.org. He will gladly work with you to arrange a time to safely pick up your donations.

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Join the conversation on social media using #uwccEquityChallenge

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