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Urban Ministry Center is thrilled to partner with Share Charlotte and more than 230 local nonprofits participating in the global Giving Tuesday campaign. As part of #GivingTuesdayCLT, Urban Ministry Center is trying to raise $4,000 worth of giftcards to support our neighbors, tenants and programs.
All gift cards can be delivered to our site at 945 N College St or mailed to: Trish Fries, #GivingTuesdayCLT, Urban Ministry Center, PO Box 31335, Charlotte, NC 28231.
Housing Programs: $5 cards to McDonald’s or BoJangles – these will be given to the nearly 300 tenants in our housing programs at Christmas.
Street Outreach & Engagement: cards ($10-25) to Target, Walmart, Harris Teeter, McDonald’s, BoJangles –these will be used by our team to either give directly to neighbors sleeping outside or used to purchase needed items.
ArtWorks: cards ($20-50) to Michaels or Lowe’s—to purchase supplies for projects or artists in the program.
SABER: $5 cards to Walmart—provided to the men in the program for weekly shopping trips
Neighbor Services: Amazon e-gift (any amount)—to help keep the shower and laundry desks stocked with needed items. In 2016 Urban Ministry Center provided 9,727 showers and 6,518 loads of laundry for neighbors experiencing homelessness.
- Login to your Amazon account
- Search for Amazon egift
- Select amount to donate
- Select delivery by email
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Trish Fries – she can also be reached at 704-926-0616)
- From: your name
- Message: let them know there is a special reason for this gift
- Delivery Date: now (will deliver it immediately)
- Click add to cart and finalize purchase!
- An email will be sent to Trish to redeem the gift for Urban Ministry Center.
Cash contributions always accepted on our donation page!
email@example.com for more information.
Notice: ALL VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES FOR THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS DAY ARE FILLED
We need your help this holiday season!
Volunteers/donation/service must be arranged ahead of time so that we can plan accordingly. Thank you.
This list will be updated often – please check back!
Soup Kitchen – open daily, 11:15-12:15 (serving 375+ M – F; 175+ S – S)
Drink Groups – (4-6 volunteers) bring drinks, cups, & ice for 400 drinks and serve during lunch 10:45-12:15 Group Volunteer Form (filling this out will let you see openings and self-schedule your group!)
Operation Sandwich – make 100-500 sandwiches to be used during lunch – deliver at your convenience! **To schedule your group for delivery please contact the UMC Kitchen Director, Sandra Smith. You can call her at 704-926-0602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Cookies – (2-6 volunteers) bring 400-1200 cookies or other hand-held treat to give out during lunch. Group Volunteer Form (filling this out will let you see openings and self-schedule your group!)
Donate Food – especially frozen turkeys, hams, pies, #10 cans of corn, peas or green beans for Thanksgiving or Christmas -email Christine Delia
Christmas Card Workshop
Help our neighbors reach out to family!
Your group can bring cards and stamps – everything a neighbor might need to send a card to a loved one to celebrate the holidays (be prepared to provide/mail 75+ cards). Date Available: December 16th -email Christine Delia
Items Needed for the Holidays
Help our neighbors stay warm in the winter
On Christmas day we like to give each person new socks, hats & gloves to stay warm.
250 drawstring backpack bags (donated!), 250 pairs white adult crew socks, 250 pairs adult gloves, 250 adult toboggans/hats. Email Trish Fries to arrange your donation.
Help a neighbor get exactly what they need
$5 or $10 gift cards to Walmart, Target, Family Dollar, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Bojangles, McDonald’s will help neighbors in Outreach & Engagement, or SABER programs to purchase what they actually need or want. . . a special brand of soap, a Christmas treat for a friend, minutes on their phone, a favorite meal, whatever their heart’s desire! – email Trish Fries
These residents of our scattered site and Moore Place apartments don’t have the budget for a special holiday. . .can you help brighten their spirits?!
Email Ashley Brown to participate in any of these opportunities:
$5 gift cards for BoJangles or McDonalds to be given as Christmas gifts to tenants. Still Need: 500
2018 wall calendars with various designs and themes for tenants to select for their apartments. Still Need: 320
Street Soccer 945 becomes 658
Street Soccer coach Pete Fink took his last 945 soccer team to the U.S. cup tournament in Philadelphia on June 9th. Both Street Soccer and Pete have new homes at another local non-profit, Project 658. Pete leaves UMC after 7 years of service in which the street soccer team attended 6 world cups, 5 U.S. cups and hosted the first ever Charlotte street soccer tournament. Close to 100 homeless men and women have benefitted from Pete’s passion for soccer and his ability to develop supportive relationships. We celebrate Pete’s dedication to serving the under-served. Current Soccer players and volunteers will have the great benefit of continuing to be coached by Pete in his new location. Meanwhile Urban Ministry center will continue to focus efforts on engaging those who are yet to be housed in unique ways through art and other programming to achieve our mission of bringing the community together to end homelessness. We thank all of those who have been supporters of the 945 Street Soccer program during its 12 year history. We look forward to connecting with you in new ways.
Pete was leading the ArtWorks program as well, so it also begin a new chapter! The art studio will be closed for short while, June 15 – June 25, for cleaning and organizing and will reopen soon after. A clinically trained staff person will be the coordinator of the newly formed ArtWorks program as part of the Neighbor Services team. Homeless neighbors will continue to engage around art and other activities so that we can craft a path out of homelessness for each individual. The empowerment and affirmation of creative endeavors like art will continue to be a positive connection for our neighbors. We welcome community partners and volunteers who desire to build relationships with our neighbors through art and the creative process and look forward to this new model.
Charity Navigator gives UMC Four Star Rating
HousingFest raises enough to house three people
HousingFest 2017, featuring St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Aaron Lee Tasjan, was a tremendous success. Held at The Fillmore on Saturday, March 10th, the show sold out as more than 2,000 people came together to help end homelessness in Charlotte.
Thanks to concert attendees, and our generous sponsors, HousingFest raised nearly $50,000. Those funds will help house three chronically homeless individuals, giving them a renewed sense of hope, security, and dignity. If you attended the show, our heartfelt thanks. If you weren’t able to make it, we hope you’ll join us next year as we continue the fight to end homelessness in Charlotte.
The Hundred Story Home wins a Christopher Award
On March 28th The Christopher Awards announced The Hundred Story Home as an award winner in the Books for Adults category. We are thrilled they have recognized Kathy’s work with this award which celebrates work which “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”
In 2007, mother of four, graphic designer and UMC soup kitchen volunteer, Kathy Izard listened to a whisper that urged her to quit her job to help house the homeless. Along with building a home for one hundred people, she found faith, forgiveness, and fulfillment in her own life.
Order The Hundred Story Home on Amazon or call 704-926-0622 to purchase through UMC directly. Cost is $15 and all proceeds from the book benefit Urban Ministry Center’s Moore Place!