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Beta Club Volunteers at Crisis Assistance Ministry
On Saturday, November 23, 2019, members of the Sun Valley High School Beta Club volunteered at Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte at the Free Store sorting/inspecting donations, hanging clothing, stocking the and assisting the Free Store Production Area. The Free Store provides donated clothing and household items all at no charge to families in need so that people can use their limited resources on other necessities. Crisis Assistance Ministry is Mecklenburg County's leading agency providing the working poor with emergency rent and utility assistance, clothing, household goods, and furniture. An independent non-profit agency, Crisis Assistance Ministry focuses on preventing homelessness and preserving dignity for Charlotte-Mecklenburg's working poor--providing assistance with rent, utilities, clothing, and furniture.
Its ability to help Charlotte's working poor is the direct result of community support. Crisis Assistance Ministry is a unique public-private partnership that uses a combination of public and private dollars to provide emergency financial assistance in the form of payment directly to rent and utility vendors. More than 94% of every dollar it receives goes directly to programs. Caring community members contribute more than 50,000 volunteer hours annually and donate thousands of clothing and furniture items to support families living in poverty. Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and groups, both youth and adults.
In 1985, Crisis Assistance Ministry was asked by the United Way and Mecklenburg County government to become the community's central location for the distribution of emergency financial assistance and basic household items. Today, the agency continues this role by disbursing several local, state and federal emergency funds.
The mission of Crisis Assistance Ministry is the same today as it was in 1975: to provide assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency. The agency continues to fulfill the vision of its founders by being an efficient, effective way for the community to pool resources and help people who face economic hardship.