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Connect Our Future
Vibrant Communities - Robust Region
Vibrant Communities - Robust Region
If you live, work, or play in the 14 county region that includes Charlotte, your input is wanted! Please feel free to share with friends and family and forward the links to your contacts.
"CONNECT Our Future" is a process through which communities, counties, businesses, educators, non-profits and other organizations work together to grow jobs and the economy, improve quality of life and control the cost of government. This process will create a regional growth framework developed through extensive community engagement and built on what communities identify as existing conditions, future plans and needs, and potential strategies. It is supported by a $4.9 million HUD Sustainable Communities Grant and $3 million in local in-kind public and private matching resources.
The CONNECT Our Future three-year process will engage public, private and non-profit organizations across the 14-county region
. It is based on, and builds from, the region's CONNECT vision. To learn more, visit the website
or the e-newsletter
for more activities in April. To voluntarily add your voice, take this short survey
The final product of the CONNECT Our Future process – the growth framework – will help to ensure the region can match growth with good quality jobs, transportation, quality housing that is affordable, clean water, improved air quality and other social and physical infrastructure improvements.
More than 100 local governments, businesses, and non-profits participating are participating in CONNECT Our Future. The February open houses are the last of 30 held throughout the region in this first phase of public engagement. More events and workshops will be held this summer.
The CONNECT Our Future Federal Grant is administered by the Centralina Council of Governments in partnership with the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, both of which are helping to coordinate, facilitate and staff the process.
Contact: Sushil Nepal
Centralina Council of Governments704-688-6509 or email for more information.
Love Inc Adopt An Elder Program
Love Inc. will help your church recruit team members and will provide training and guidance for 6-12 individuals (per team) to assist an individual who needs help to remain independent. The things they need help with are not difficult, but there may be several different types of needs and that might be more help than one or two individuals can handle alone.
You can also serve even if your church does not have a team. There will be teams staffed by members of several different churches.
For more information or to start a team contact call 704-536-5588.
If you become a victim of identity theft, there are ways to recover your good credit rating. First, report the identity theft to Social Security's Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271. Then, report it to the Federal Trade Commission's ID Theft Hotline, 1-877-IDTHEFT. You also should contact the three major credit bureaus, tell them you're an identity theft victim and ask them to place a fraud alert on your records.
The Credit bureaus are:
Also, write your creditors and ask them to contact you before opening any new accounts in your name or changing existing accounts or credit limits. For more information on identity theft, visit the identity theft page website
Protect Your Number and Records
Keep your Social Security number and card in a safe place. If a business or other enterprise asks you for your Social Security number, you can refuse to give it to them. However, that may mean doing without the purchase or service for which your number was requested. For example, utility companies and other services ask for your Social Security number, but do not need it; they can do a credit check or identify their customers by alternative means.
Giving your number is voluntary even when you are asked for the number directly. If requested, you should ask:
why your number is needed;
how your number will be used;
what happens if you refuse; and
what law requires you to give your number.
The answers to these questions can help you decide if you want to give your Social Security number. The decision is yours.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
A nationwide volunteer program that invites adults 55 and over to use their life experience and skills to answer the call of their neighbors in need.
Volunteers give anywhere from 4 to 40 hours per week and enjoy working with others to solve serious problems in their community.
Some of the volunteer opportunities available:
- Providing nutritious meals to seniors
The Senior Nutrition Program serves and delivers nutritious meals to seniors at and around Mecklenburg County. While working at a site, volunteers assist in serving meals, overseeing sign-in and keeping records. Volunteers having their own transportation deliver meals to home-bound seniors, who also welcome the personal visits.
- Telephone reassurance
Provides a sense of caring, reassurance and support to seniors, giving them a sense of security knowing that someone will check on their safety and well-being each day. Volunteers are trained to call on a regular basis those people who live alone and feel isolated from the community due to age, health problems and other challenges.
- Hospital Volunteers
Area hospitals offer many opportunities to help provide services to patients and their families. Hospital volunteers can work in reception, admitting, gift shop, patient services and many other locations.
- Welcome visitors to the Charlotte region
The Charlotte Douglas International Airport Volunteer program offers citizens an exciting opportunity to help airport visitors during their time at the airport. The volunteers, known as the Charlotte Pit Crew, in reference to the region's affiliation with racing, are mobilized throughout the terminal. They welcome customers to the Charlotte Region and are the first resource for information and directions.
- Law enforcement and public safety
At the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department volunteers are assigned to various departments to provide clerical and or administrative assistance.
- Education, history and involvement in the visual arts
The Levine Museum of the New South, The Charlotte Museum of History and Discovery Place use RSVP volunteers, who lead tours for adults or children as docents or guides; act as greeters, giving out audio tours; work in the gift shop; assist with clerical work including data entry.
- Thompson Child and Family Focus
Volunteer opportunities include facilities projects, special donations, support projects, classroom volunteers, front desk volunteers, social event assistants, tutors/mentors, cosmetology services, office assistance and special events.
- Legal Assistance
The Mecklenburg County Courthouse and The Self Serve Center uses volunteers in a variety of ways. Volunteers learn the inner workings of the courts and how to assist others. Volunteers assist and direct patrons in person and by phone to provide necessary forms and instructions to clients, help in preparation of clinics or other special projects and support the Trial Court Administrator's Office. Volunteers also work as greeters in the information desks, giving out directions and court information to visitors to the courthouse. Free parking is provided.
RSVP provides volunteers for over 50 non-profit organizations. RSVP volunteers use their experience to tutor and mentor children, counsel small businesses, assist at health clinics and hospitals, and distribute food to homeless or volunteer at a variety of one-time community events.
If you have any questions or would like more information about volunteering with RSVP, call Rene Walker at 704-817-5465 or by email.