COVID-19 Update and Ways to Help

In this time of crisis, the health and safety of our volunteers, staff and partners are our highest priorities. As such, the Junior League of Charlotte will operate one phase behind the most conservative of the enacted government guidelines until the end of the calendar year (Dec 31, 2020). The JLC building will also remain closed during that time, with office staff working remotely. For additional information, please contact us at office@jlcharlotte.org.

Please review the information below for Covid-19 updates and ways that you can help in the community.

The Junior League of Charlotte is a proud partner of CharMeck Responds and remains committed to providing financial and volunteer resources to support the most critical needs of the Charlotte community. If you or your organization are in need of assistance, please email office@jlcharlotte.org or leave a message at 704-375-5993. A Membership Matters Relief Fund has been established to help JLC members who have been impacted by COVID-19. Click here to contribute .

COVID-19 RESOURCES

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Information – Governor Cooper has issued an Executive Order keeping North Carolina at the “Safer at Home” Phase 2 of COVID-19 restrictions. Face coverings must be worn in public places when social distancing is not possible. Information on the current phase can be found here.

Mecklenburg County Updates – Mecklenburg County will follow the state’s “Safer at Home”  and face covering directives.

CDC COVID-19 Information

World Health Organization

Family First Coronavirus Relief Act

CARES Act for Small Businesses

CDC Instructions for How to Create and Safely Use Cloth Facemasks

Read Charlotte’s Reading Check up for Families

Loaves and Fishes Mobile Food Drive Locations

WANT TO HELP? Please see the list below for opportunities to support local efforts

JLC COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Second Harvest Food Bank – Supplying food for thousands of people in 24 area counties via 800 partner agencies, including the area school systems. Click here for information on how to host a food drive to help replenish their food supplies. Click here to volunteer, and here to make a financial contribution.

Renaissance West Community Initiative – Need for toiletry and cleaning items. Ship items (directly from Amazon or other retailers) to: Attn: Renaissance West Community Initiative  601 E. 5th St. Suite 450 Charlotte, NC 28202. For more information about the items that are needed, please contact Amanda Golmont Schneider at aschneider@rwci.org. Click here to make a financial contribution.

Bright Blessings – Providing resources for homeless and impoverished children in the area. Click here for projects you can do from home to help. Click here for their Amazon wish list. Click here to make a financial contribution.

Thompson Child and Family Focus  – Providing accommodations, food, and technology. Click here to donate needed items from Amazon wish list. Click here to make financial donations.

Classroom Central – Assisting teachers and families with educational needs. Click here for opportunities to help from home. To organize a school supply drive, click here. Click here to donate supply kits. Click here to make a financial contribution.

Center for Community Transitions – Distributing groceries and supplies to families impacted by incarceration. Support Every Tuesday initiative with a donation to ensure that their new EVERY Tuesday initiative can continue for the next several months.  To help assemble or distribute items to clients contact cthompson@centerforcommunitytransitions.org

WAYS TO HELP FROM HOME

Reid Park Academy – IMMEDIATE NEED! The children at Reid Park Academy are in need of headphones so that their students can participate in remote learning. The JLC Sustainers are running a headphones drive –  click here to purchase a set of headphones and select Suzy Garvey as the shipping recipient.

Bright Blessings – Providing resources for homeless and impoverished children in the area. Click here for projects you can do from home to help. Click here for their Amazon wish list. Click here to make a financial contribution.

Classroom Central – Assisting teachers and families with educational needs. Click here for opportunities to help from home that include putting together homework kits, creating bookmarks and flashcards, and knitting hats and scarves. To organize a school supply drive, click here. Click here to donate supply kits. Click here to make a financial contribution.

Promising Pages  Providing thousands of books to area students. To donate books, click here. Click here to purchase books for immediate donation from their Amazon wish list. Click here for at-home, family-friendly project ideas that you can do to help. Click here to make a financial contribution.

Roof Above/Urban Ministry Center “Operation Sandwich” – Make sandwiches for distribution to people experiencing homelessness during this difficult time. Click here for more information on the types of sandwiches and where to deliver.

FeedNC – Looking for inspiration notes that they can add to their meal boxes. Click here to sign up.

Lakewood Preschool Cooperative – Be a virtual story time reader for the families they serve by creating a video of you or someone else reading a book. Click here for more information.

Anne Springs Close Greenway – Create a short video about something in nature for them to share on social media to promote outdoor activity during this time of isolation. Click here for more information.

Good Soles – Write notes of love and support to be included with the work boots they distribute to people in need . Click here for more information.

Foundation for Girls – Create snack bags that can be distributed to mothers and children being served by their program. Click here for more information.

Care Ring – Put together COVID-19 supply kits for families who are receiving services through Care Rings low cost clinic. Click here for more information.

Fashion and Compassion – Write a note of encouragement for a local female artist whose craft is empowering her to move out of a difficult situation. Click here for more information.

Salvation Army – Create a welcome basket for a family moving out of the Center for Hope shelter and into housing. Suggested items: Laundry basket (to contain items), kitchen towels, household cleaners, brushes, scouring pads, garbage bags, broom, and dustpan. Donations can be dropped off at: The Salvation Army Center of Hope 534 Spratt Street Charlotte, NC

The Relatives – Create snack bags with notes of encouragement for vulnerable youth and their families. Click here for more information.

DIRECT COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS (Food, technology, PPE, medical, remote learning assistance)

CMS Foundation Covid-19 Relief Foundation – Assisting CMS area families with grab and go meals, technology, and other essentials. Click here to make a financial contribution.

Covid-19 Response Fund has been established by Foundation for the Carolinas and United Way of Central Piedmont to benefit the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools community. Click here to donate.

CLTGivePPE – Atrium, Novant, and the Mecklenburg County Health Department are seeking donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks, surgical masks, and masks with shields. Click here for information on drop off locations, or click here to make a financial contribution.

Second Harvest Food Bank – Supplying food for thousands of people in 24 area counties via 800 partner agencies, including the area school systems. Click here for information on how to host a food drive to help replenish their food supplies. Click here to volunteer, and here to make a financial contribution.

Loaves and Fishes – Providing mobile food pantries for families in need. Click here for information on how to set up a food drive.

Learning Help Centers – Delivering meals to under-served families in need. Seeking delivery drivers and canned food or financial donations. They also have opportunities for volunteers to pack up food. Click here to purchase much needed supplies.

Pineville Neighbors Place – Supporting the crisis needs of families in Pineville. Click here to volunteer with their mobile food pantry. Click here to make a financial contribution.

Ada Jenkins Center – Providing drive thru meals and remote learning supervision/assistance for students in the northern part of the county. Email volunteer@adajenkins.org to volunteer. Click here to make a financial contribution.

Matthews Help Center – Curbside food pantry for residents in the Stallings/Matthews. Click here to make a financial contribution.

E2D – Distributing laptops to area students so that they can connect to remote teaching. They are in need of laptop donations, preferably corporate lap tops. Click here for more information on donating.

American Red Cross – Has a critical need for blood donations. Click here to find an area blood drive.

AREA NONPROFITS IN NEED OF SUPPLIES AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Charlotte Rescue Mission – Assisting residents in their residential recovery programs. Click here for list of needed supplies, click here to make a financial contribution. Mail notes of hope to Charlotte Rescue Mission, PO Box 33000, Charlotte, NC 28233-3000.

A Roof Above  (Formerly Mens’ Shelter/Urban Ministries) Providing meals and housing for people in need. Click here to donate needed supplies, click here to make a financial contribution.

Charlotte Family Housing – In serious need of masks for the families they have in transitional housing facilities. Can be purchased or hand made. Click here to sign up to donate. Click here to contribute to their COVID-19 Emergency Fund – put “COVID-19” in the comments

Elon Homes – Cares for children from a variety of backgrounds with a wide range of needs. Click here to see their running wish list.

Project 658 – Providing grocery gift cards to families with food insecurity. Click here to donate.

Alexander Youth Network Providing behavioral and mental health services for kids and families during this stressful time. Click here to donate needed supplies and here to make a financial contribution

Humane Society of Charlotte and other animal rescues are in desperate need of foster homes. Click here for more information. Join their virtual fundraising walk here or make a donation here.

Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte – Provides affordable accommodations for families of children who are receiving medical care. Click here to purchase needed items. Click here to make a financial contribution.

Friendship Trays – Delivering meals to home bound seniors and convalescents. Click here to make a financial contribution.

Safe Alliance – Is in serious need of masks, purchased or home made, to protect clients and staff at their Domestic Violence Center. Click here if you can help. To organize a collection drive, click here.

Community Matters Cafe – They are back open, but if you are unable to dine in, consider purchasing gift cards to support their mission.

Carolina Raptor Center – The visitor trail is now open, but they could use your help. Click here for information on adopting a raptor. Click here to create enrichment materials from the safety of your own home. Clear here to make a financial contribution.

Turning Point – Posting needs as they become available on their Facebook page here to support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Click here to make a financial contribution.

Gift Card Bank – Donate your unused gift cards to be used by people impacted by the COVID-19 crisis here.

Charlotte Agenda Virtual Tip – Ordering carryout? Send a tip to an area restaurant server to help them while restaurants are closed.

SHARE Charlotte has a list of non-profits with remote volunteer opportunities here

JLC MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Junior League of Charlotte members, as we are confronted with many changes during this unprecedented time, we want the JLC to be a source of stability and support for each of you. Login to your member page for more information on changes to member obligations and other relief efforts. Reach out to the JLC office if you have misplaced your login information.

Many women joined the JLC to connect with a diverse group of like-minded women committed to improving communities.  So, while our in-person events are suspended for the time being, we invite you to stay engaged with your leaders and your teams, continue to be engaged in our members only social communities on Facebook (all members here, sustaining members have an additional group here), and continue to engage with each other. Our leaders are getting creative with virtual activities and training opportunities, so stay tuned. We look forward to connecting with you online soon.

Not currently a member? Click here for more information about membership with the Junior League of Charlotte