The six Community Engagement Fellows and two Cook Community Engagement Fellows students will spend 35 hours each week working with an assigned not-for-profit organization. On Wednesday evenings they will gather for dinner and to discuss their experiences, as well as common readings. Friday afternoons will be spent as a group participating in other enrichment activities to strengthen their understanding of social issues in the Charlotte area.
Exchange SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now)
The mission of Exchange SCAN is to build hope for children and families through education, counseling and intervention programs to Stop Child Abuse Now. The Fellow worked on numerous projects to support the mission of Exchange SCAN.
The mission of the International House is to promote international understanding and help immigrants integrate fully into our community. Placed in the Education Department of the International House, the Fellow worked on various projects throughout the summer and planned and taught daily English classes.
Lake Norman YMCA
The Fellow worked in the Marketing department at the Lake Norman YMCA and assisted with numerous projects, including the creation of a weekly parent newsletter and the documentation all events and camps throughout the duration of the summer. The mission of the YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that help healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Mooresville Soup Kitchen
Mooresville Soup Kitchen's mission is to provide nourishing meals, encouragement and fellowship to those in need. The Fellow worked on a variety of administrative tasks to support the Soup Kitchen including the implementation of a donor and volunteer database. The Fellow also assisted with the daily meals at the Kitchen.
Speak Up Magazine
Speak Up was founded in 2011 as Charlotte's only street magazine. The Fellow filled a variety of roles including designing and distributing information about the magazine to homeless residents of Charlotte in order to advance the homeless vendor program and to connect vendors with needed social services. The Fellow worked on content for Speak Up's publication, Zine and assisted with social media and grassroots marketing.
Our Towns Habitat for Humanity
The Fellow at Our Towns Habitat for Humanity worked on a number of projects to support the mission of the organization, working at the construction site and revamping the volunteer manual and training. Habitat for Humanity seeks to put God's love into action and brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Pearls for Creative Healing
Pearls for Creative Healing is a nonprofit organization that promotes awareness and empowers survivors of domestic violence through creative art programs. The Fellow assisted in the creation of print and online marketing materials and worked on the organization and implementation of a large-scale event, the End of Silence Exhibit.
Town of Davidson
CFCR provides intervention for protection of individual rights and expert research, policy and community planning for all children. The Fellow managed newsletter communications and the development of the annual grant strategies plan. The Fellow researched and wrote relevant stories through interviews with staff and volunteers. The Fellow used secondary data and their own perspective to create a plan to communicate with grantors.
Cook Fellow Placements
Two students are intentionally placed with organizations that have Christian, faith-based missions. These positions were made possible through the generosity of the Cook Family.
Barium Springs Home for Children
Barium Springs runs a summer day treatment program in additional to their year-round residential programs. The Fellow planned and ran activities in the program using the Family Teaching Model and assisted in skill building and behavior modification. The Fellow also completed aftercare documentation and detailed mental health notes at the end of each day.
Charlotte Rescue Mission
Charlotte Rescue Mission works to minister the Good News of Christianity to individuals caught in the crisis of poverty, hopelessness, or addictions by meeting their spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. The Fellow was assigned to the Development Team and was responsible for researching foundations, exploring potential funders, organizing the department's database, writing grants, and creating a College Advisory Board.