Love United Iredell initiative officially underway!


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Love United Iredell is a two-week initiative of the United Way of Iredell County to raise more than $100,000 to fund small but meaningful projects for 27 nonprofit agencies throughout the county. The participating nonprofits hope to impact more than 62,000 people.

Nonprofits throughout Iredell County have identified an immediate need that can be met for less than $5,000. The overall goal is to raise $112,695 between February 10-24. The organization mission information is intended to educate readers on what each nonprofit will accomplish with their share of the funds.

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Aftershock Youth Empowerment

♦ Organization Mission: Our mission is to create stress-free zones in the classroom for bullied youth, by fueling purpose, and extinguishing defeat.

♦ Project: To purchase a metal frame building that will provide space for bully prevention/intervention, mediation and literacy/tutoring services.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Piedmont

♦ Organization Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

♦ Project: Purchase tables, chairs, marker-boards and other supplies to continue the growth and academic success of their afterschool attendees.

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Chestnut Grove Community Center

♦ Organization Mission: To improve the quality of life for youth and families in the community by providing services that promote community prosperity, physical health and by offering programs and cultural events which preserve the African American heritage.

♦ Project: To preserve an important and pivotal building in the African-American history in Statesville, the Chestnut Grove Community Center.

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Iredell County Crosby Scholars

♦ Organization Mission: Inspiring success…together.

♦ Project: Expand the “Try It Tuesday” program for 12th graders to allow students to try out film making as a career path.

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Dove House

♦ Organization Mission: The mission of Dove House is to minimize trauma to child victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending family members by providing a centralized, safe and child-friendly facility from which a multidisciplinary team (MDT) conducts investigation and intervention activities; to advocate for and support child victims and non-offending family members by representing their interest throughout the process, promoting appropriate therapies and making referrals to community resources as needed; and to enhance the process for optimal case resolution.

♦ Project: To support and reinforce the Safety First program, presented to all first- and fifth-grade students in Iredell and Alexander Counties in order to promote body safety, and educate children on abuse prevention strategies. The program also covers internet safety for the fifth-grade students.

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Drug & Alcohol Coalition of Iredell

♦ Organization Mission: The Drug-Alcohol Coalition of Iredell is committed to the reduction and prevention of alcohol and substance misuse, overdose, and overdose deaths in Iredell County.

♦ Project: County-wide education and prevention of drug and alcohol related issues

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First Responders Support Services

♦ Organization Mission: To support all Iredell County first responders by providing assistance during a personal financial crisis, full debriefings, individual or group crisis management and critical incident stress management through chaplaincy and counseling services. The mission is fulfilled by trained and certified chaplains and support staff who provide specialized guidance and support.

♦ Project: Providing basic needs, such as food, for first responders as they are on-shift, ensuring their health and safety during the times when they are most likely to ignore it themselves.

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G4G Ministries

♦ Organization Mission: G4G (Grill 4 God) Ministries is a faith based, non-profit ministry committed to glorifying our awesome God by serving a hot meal and ministering to the homeless and those who face hunger every day. G4G reaches into low income communities physically and spiritually with our mobile grilling and ministry impact teams. We seek opportunities to make a difference in someone’s life by loving them and providing for their critical needs of food, hope and encouragement.

♦ Project: G4G Ministries will host two “Love Your Community” projects. The “Love Our Community” outreach events will serve food, love, hope and encouragement in low-income communities across Iredell County. These events will unite community agencies, churches and more than 50 volunteers of all ages.

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Girl Scouts

♦ Organization Mission: Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

♦ Project: To secure funding to train adult volunteer leaders and make Girl Scout membership available to all girls and adults who are interested, regardless of their socio-economic background

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♦ Organization Mission: Green Camps supports the youth organizations in modeling sustainability to inspire green behavior change in the millions of youth and adults impacted by the camp experience each year.

♦ Project: Host a series of educational workshops to help community members better define, understand and take action to access the benefits of going green.

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HealthReach Community Clinic

♦ Organization Mission: To make a significant contribution to the health and wellness of our Iredell County neighbors in need. As the only free medical clinic in Iredell County, HealthReach provides free medical care and medications to patients who have no health insurance and limited means to pay for care.

♦ Project: To purchase badly needed medical equipment to support patients with chronic illnesses.

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Iredell County Partnership for Young Children

♦ Organization Mission: Lifting children to better beginnings by providing services that strengthen families, raise the quality of early care and education, promote health and safety, and expand literacy.

♦ Project: A Kindergarten Readiness Camp will be started so that children can learn the critical skills which have the ability to transform an individual throughout life.

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Iredell Friends of the Library

♦ Organization Mission: Lifelong literacy and learning for residents of Iredell County

♦ Project: Increase awareness for the Summer Reading Program so more residents can be influenced positively by library programming.

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Lowes YMCA

♦ Organization Mission: The YMCA’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

♦ Project: Construct an outdoor area for individuals of all ages, ethnicities and income levels to access fitness equipment as it suits their schedule.

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Operation Angel Wing

Organization Mission: Operation Angel Wing is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) that works as liaison specifically targeting the individual needs of American Veterans/First Responders and their families who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress. We are dedicated to aiding and assisting our service men and women either individually or as a family unit.

♦ Project: Purchase materials to provide equine therapy to Veterans and First Responders and their families

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Police Activities League

Organization Mission: The objective of the Police Athletic League is to establish and provide mentoring services for students in the Iredell County area who are at risk for violence and who face serious challenges, including poverty, crime, unemployment and low educational attainment.

Project: Purchase of computers, software, sports equipment and smartboards for their summer and afterschool programming.

Piedmont Mediation

♦ Organization Mission: Piedmont Mediation Center’s mission is to promote and bring about the peaceful settlement and prevent the escalation of conflict through mediation, facilitation, conciliation, and training.

♦ Project: Provide educational and job training expenses to youth in the programs 15-21 years old to complete the Restoring Youth: Creative Counts and Caring Communities program.

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♦ Organization Mission: Our mission is simple – spread the life-changing Word of Christ into our community. By reaching out to the young men in our community, we aim to provide a “gang” of Christian brothers with whom they can walk through life with. We aim to teach young men how to use the tools they have been blessed with, in hopes to build and glorify the kingdom of God.

♦ Project: To provide meals for 14 kids for the next six months during program sessions.

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Purple Heart Homes

♦ Organization Mission: Purple Heart Homes is dedicated to providing housing solutions for Service-Connected Disabled Veterans that is substantial in function, design and quality fit to welcome home the fighting men and women of America.

♦ Project: In home mold remediation for two veterans living in the Mooresville area

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The Salvation Army

♦ Organization Mission: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

♦ Project: To send at-risk youth to Camp Walter Johnson to learn new skills and self-reliance while working on any emotional needs

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SCAN of Iredell

♦ Organization Mission: Building hope for children and families through education, counseling, and intervention programs to Stop Child Abuse Now

♦ Project: Providing educational materials to all young parents within area hospitals and offering a new series of free community parenting workshops.

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Speak Life & Live

♦ Organization Mission: Speak Life and Live’s general purpose is to provide supportive social services that strengthen the family, promote well-being and inspire women to live at a higher level by encouraging them to walk in faith and God’s redeeming love.

♦ Project: To help 20 students attend the GEMS program. Our goal is to make these life preparatory skills available to all students regardless of their socioeconomic statues.

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♦ Organization Mission: To inspire and empower people to seek and maintain recovery and health

♦ Project: Fund would allow the renovations to one room which will directly support clients during times of crisis and allow clients the confidence to move forward in their recovery efforts.

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NC 2-1-1

♦ Organization Mission: The United Way of Iredell County improves our community and its people by uniting partners to meet local health and human service needs.

♦ Project: To fund a continually updated 24/7 resource for anyone trying to find a human reservice need.

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Veterans Heart Group

♦ Organization Mission: Provide emotional support for Veterans and their families that are in hospice care or in a end of life situation.

♦ Project: Honor veterans towards the end of life during the “We Honor Veterans” ceremony with purchased pins and materials.

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YIPE in Iredell County

♦ Organization Mission: To transform the way youth engage in the community by instilling strong work ethics.

♦ Project: Teach teens customer service and communications through a two week Customer Communications Workshop.

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Yokefellow Ministries

♦ Organization Mission: Our mission is to support community members facing crisis using a holistic approach and to be their voice with community education and advocacy.

♦ Project: To purchase two new commercial refrigeration units for the Helping Center’s food bank.

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Author: Carol Brinson