Community Engagement Fellows

The six Nonprofit Leadership Fellows and two Cook Family 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.

Summer 2015 Community Partners

Hope Haven, Inc.

Hope Haven, Inc., a foundation of recovery, provides life skills for chemically dependent adults and families within a supportive residential environment leading to independence. The Fellow created marketing materials to reach more community organizations and to spread the word about the on-site catering company. In addition, the Fellow met and advised volunteer and tour groups.

International House of Metrolina, Inc.

International House's mission is to promote international understanding and help immigrants integrate fully into our community. The Fellow taught an Adult ESL class and supported other programs such as a summer reading program, conversation hours and donor relations.

MYM Services

Market Your Mind exists to encourage, exemplify, and equip young women to market their minds and not their bodies in this highly sexualized society. The Fellow updated the organization website and built social media platforms to communicate the message of MYM. In addition, the Fellow helped with setting up new office space and responding to referrals. 

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. The Fellow focused on developing faith and youth partnerships, created a youth program at the library and contributed to publications.  

Safe Alliance

The mission of Safe Alliance is to provide hope and healing for people in crisis. The Fellow created video trainings for volunteers, assisted in fundraiser planning and was trained to be on-call for the support hotline.

Town of Davidson

The town's sense of community is rooted in citizens who respect each other; in racial and socioeconomic diversity; in pedestrian orientation; and in the presence of a liberal arts college. The Fellow was able to explore that mission while updating the website, creating marketing materials for summer programs and assisting the rollout of a new emergency system.

Cook Family 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.

Charlotte Rescue Mission   

Charlotte Rescue Mission serves people struggling with addiction, poverty or hopelessness with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens. The Fellow conducted grant research, wrote grant proposals, created a handbook for GRE classes and assisted in those classes.

Crossroads Corporation, Inc.

Crossroads' mission is to provide affordable housing and critical programs, which will facilitate revitalization of the Grier Heights neighborhood. The Fellow was responsible for a project researching quality of life data in addition to assisting with community block parties, swimming lessons and operations.