COVID-19 Update

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 office will remain closed until September 8. 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 .

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 new 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

YMCA Free Childcare for Atrium Employees

YMCA Free Childcare for Novant Employees

Read Charlotte’s Reading Check up for Families

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

Second Harvest Food Bank (**JLC Community Partner**) – 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 (**JLC Community Partner**) – URGENT 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 (**JLC Community Partner**) – 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 (**JLC Community Partner**) – Providing accommodations, food, and technology. Click here to donate needed items from Amazon wish list. Click here to make financial donations.

Classroom Central (**JLC Community Partner**) – Putting together homework supply kits to be distributed with food to CMS families. Click here to donate supply kits. Click here to make a financial contribution.

Center for Community Transitions (**JLC Community Partner**) – Distributing groceries and supplies to families impacted by incarceration. Click here to donate, or email cthompson@centerforcommunitytransitions.org to help with assembly or distribution of supplies.

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.

Loaves and Fishes – Offering Grab and Go meals. Click here to sign up for volunteer shifts. Click here for drop off locations if you would like to donate food.

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.

Elon Homes – Is in immediate need of masks, hand sanitizer, toiletry items, and laundry detergent. Click here to see their running wish list.

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

Promising Pages  Providing 50,000 books to area students in coordination with the grab and go meal program. They are not able to accept book donations at this time, but they are holding a “Virtual Book Drive”. Take a photo of the books that you plan to donate and email the photo to info@promising-pages.org. They will contact you when they are ready to accept the donation. 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.

Alexander Youth Network Providing behavioral and mental health services for kids and families during this stressful time. They are in immediate need of face masks, hand made are acceptable. (The link above provides instructions) Email anieves@alexanderyouthnetwork.org with questions or to arrange drop off. 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.

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

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.

Lakewood Preschool Cooperative – Posting videos of people reading books on their Facebook page to provide important reading time for their students. They are looking for people to video tape themselves reading an age appropriate book (for ages 2-5), filmed horizontally. (Don’t forget to show the book cover and pictures). Send videos to their Executive Director info@lakewoodpreschool.info and Board Member michelle@frenzelproperties.com.

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.

Learning Help Centers – Delivering meals to families in need, seeking delivery drivers and canned food or financial donations. They also have opportunities for volunteers to pack up food.

Pineville Neighbors Place – Supporting the crisis needs of families in Pineville. They are conducting a backpack/school supplies drive for students at Sterling Elementary. Click here for more information. Click here to volunteer with their mobile food pantry. Click here to make a financial contribution.

Ada Jenkins Center – Delivering meals and supporting a drive-up Grab and Go spot for students and families in the northern part of the county. Click here to sign up to be a stand by 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.

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

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

Carolina Raptor Center – Their trail is closed while the Stay at Home order is in effect, but your family can make enrichment items for their resident birds that can be dropped off once the center reopens. More information about what they need can be found here.

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

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

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.

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

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