Join us July 22 for interactive discussion on small-business grants

Join us July 22 for interactive discussion on small-business grants

Join University City Partners and Holly Eskridge, Assistant Economic Development Director for the City of Charlotte, on July 22 for an interactive discussion about the Access to Capital grants available for small businesses. How to take part The event will take place 3-3:30 pm July 22 using Facebook Live. Access the event via the University City Partners Facebook page. About the grants Through the small business recovery program, the City of Charlotte is distributing $30 million in federal CARES Act funding to small businesses headquartered within the Charlotte city limits. The program is a part of the City’s Open for Business Initiative. Qualifying businesses will receive grants of either $10,000 or $25,000, depending on number of employees. Foundation for the Carolinas serves as the city’s grantmaking partner for this effort. The July 22 online program is being hosted by University City Partners and Foundation for the Carolinas. Questions? If you have questions about the July 22 program, contact Darlene Heater at dheater@universitycitypartners.org. Visit the Open For Business website to learn more about the grant program and how to apply. Please share! Please share this email with any local small-business owners you know....
Kids Eat Free daily this summer thanks to hospital, campus

Kids Eat Free daily this summer thanks to hospital, campus

Many youngsters and teens in University City often go hungry, and the problem has gotten worse with the closing of public school lunch programs since March. To fill the gap this summer, Atrium Health University City, UNC Charlotte and their partners provide free nutritious lunches each day plus breakfast for the following day to ALL KIDS ages 18 and younger. Here are the details for receiving meals via curbside pickup 11 am-1 pm Mondays-Fridays at Atrium Health University City Go to Atrium Health University City (8800 N. Tryon St. at W.T. Harris Boulevard). MAP Look for signs and follow the signs near the hospital’s vehicle entrance for curbside meal pickup. Volunteers will load meals into your car via the passenger window or trunk. You will be given breakfast meals for the next day, too. You will then be directed to the hospital exit. 11 am-1 pm Saturdays and Sundays at UNC Charlotte’s Student Union Go to the POPP Martin Student Union, located on Craver Road on the UNC Charlotte campus. MAP Look for signs directing you to the curbside meal pickup at the student-union loading dock. Volunteers will load meals into your car via the passenger window or trunk. You will be given breakfast meals for the next day, too. NOTE: No meals will be provided on Saturday, July 4, due to the holiday For more information about the program, contact Elaine Jones at elaine.jones@atriumhealth.org or 704-863-6547. Weekend volunteers needed! Volunteers are needed on weekends at UNC Charlotte to help distribute meals to cars in the curbside service. Two volunteers will help 10:30 am-1 pm each Saturday and Sunday from...
$45,000 grant helps key programs in UCITY Family Zone

$45,000 grant helps key programs in UCITY Family Zone

A $45,000 grant to the UCITY Family Zone organization is helping several groups provide food, job training and crucial communication skills to thousands of University City residents.  This grant is from United Way and the Foundation for the Carolinas COVID-19 Emergency Response Awards. Many needs and many volunteers Mark DeHaven, co-founding director of the UCITY Family Zone, says that the grant can have a significant impact because it leverages the extensive volunteer efforts of many groups. “We have many organizations, and we are covering a lot of needs. But we can do a lot with a little,” DeHaven says. “Everyone is volunteering, so this grant supports what everyone is doing.” Where the money goes DeHaven says that the grant allows the UCITY Family Zone to continue its work in three areas. The Community Ambassadors Program helps community leaders develop skills to be liaisons between area residents and service providers. Wendy Mateo-Pascual of Crossways Consulting is working with this group. Workforce development helps residents improve skills needed by area businesses. Gary Crump with Men of Destiny is working with this area. Food insecurity efforts help several grass-roots groups provide food to people in need. These groups include Zolingo’s Spice for Life, which is developing a network of community gardens; Leadership in the Clouds, which has created a way to deliver supplies to homebound people; Community Hub 1245, which is providing several thousand meals a week to families in north and northeast Charlotte; and three food pantries. About UCITY Family Zone The UCity Family Zone is a place-based partnership for improving the social determinants of health and quality of life in several...

University City Partners is committed to justness and opportunity for all

To the University City community: University City Partners stands against racism and social injustice in every form. We work to help build a community that is inclusive and equitable. I know that many of our residents, business owners and area employees are experiencing pain and trauma from recent killings that have been shared across TV screens and online. Though I personally do not know the pain felt by the Black community, I extend my compassion. We at University City Partners stand with our Black-owned businesses, community members and partners. We will continue to work with our community leaders, business partners, and City and County government leaders to identify ways that we can support those who have been treated unjustly in the past and even today. We will continue our work with the UCITY Family Zone that was created in partnership with UNC Charlotte leaders, the community and civic and faith partners following the killing of Keith Lamont-Scott by a police officer four years ago in University City. We will also continue to listen to local residents who experience racial injustice first-hand, supporting them in the best ways that we can. We are committed to ensuring that we nurture a University City that provides equitable employment, living and leisure experiences for everyone in our diverse and inclusive community. Changes this big only happen when everyone gets involved. If you need help getting started, visit the the UCITY Family Zone website and fill out its contact form. If you want to learn about COVID-19 support efforts needing your help right now, visit the UCITY Family Zone’s COVID-19 support web page. Thank...

Employment Opportunities, Food Access, Daycare, Loan Relief & More: COVID-19 Community Resources

This information is provided by the city of Charlotte and shared by University City Partners as a community service. Community Resources During COVID-19 The City of Charlotte’s Housing & Neighborhood Services Department works hard to connect the community to resources that help neighborhoods thrive. Although these times are unprecedented, our mission is still the same. We want to make sure you have access to the resources and information you, your family and your neighbors need as we navigate our new normal during COVID-19, so we have compiled a list of local resources   for those needing help during this pandemic. Recent highlights include: Employment Opportunities: Our Job Development team is working closely with Charlotte Works to find employers who are hiring immediately. Details Food Access: Governor Roy Cooper announced a new texting service so parents can locate food access sites nearby. Details Childcare Access: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has set up a hotline to help critical-care frontline workers find daycare for their children ages 5-12. Details Loan Relief and Financial Support: Some companies are extending grace to customers who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus. You may be able to defer payments on your mortgage, credit card, auto loan, private student loan or personal loans by calling your bank. Details  The Charlotte Observer also recently published a guide to surviving financially when bills are due during this pandemic. Details More information on jobs, housing, utility help, food access and more: Click here for a thorough list of employment opportunities, small business resources, housing information, utility assistance, food access, childcare resources, senior resources and more....
Enjoy great BBQ and auction; help our Scouts, too!

Enjoy great BBQ and auction; help our Scouts, too!

Enjoy savory Carolinas barbecue pork, grilled chicken, slaw and beans on March 13 while helping nurture one of University City’s veteran Scouting programs, BSA Troop 13 at University City United Methodist Church. You can also bid on over $21,000 in goods and services at the Troop 13 silent auction! The proceeds from the barbecue and auction will support Troop activities, including the Troop’s many community service projects and outdoor adventures. This summer, many Troop members will travel to the renowned national Scouting facility of Philmont for a high adventure. Learn more about Troop 13 at its website and Facebook page.   Troop 13 BBQ details Time: Food available 10 am-8 pm March 13. Location: University City United Methodist Church, 3835 W. WT Harris Blvd. Food choices:  All items are $10 each. All items are available for dine-in, take-out, or drive-thru pickup. PLATE: Pork BBQ, cole slaw, BBQ beans and bun PLATE: 1/2 chicken, cole slaw, and BBQ beans POUND: Pork BBQ SANDWICH: 2 BBQ sandwiches, cole slaw, chips and bun More BBQ event details   Troop 13 Silent Auction details Time: The auction begins online at 1 pm Sunday, March 8. The Silent Auction will end at 7pm on Friday, March 13. Auction website What’s for sale: Church and community members have donated over 180 items worth a total of more than $21,000, including a five-night stay at an oceanfront condo in the Mexican resort city of Cabo. Other auction items include restaurant gift cards, fitness club memberships, golfing, gift baskets, event tickets, local brewery items, NASCAR Pit/Garage passes and merchandise, trampoline park tickets and parties, outdoor adventures, and...