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SUCCESS COACHES – Supportive Services
Success coaching is an educational process that significantly enhances the economic achievements of individuals. Digging a little deeper into the definition, it helps individuals both to define and achieve realistic financial goals faster and with greater ease than would otherwise be possible. Ashley and Shashta's stories of success are an inspirational representation of how #CommunityActionWorks.
Ashley Scott - Dental Assistant
Ashley Scott was referred to Charlotte Area Fund for training through a partnership with the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, NC. 
Ashley had previously worked as a massage therapist for 11 years. She said that in her 9th year she developed arthritis in her hands, which affected her productivity and the number of clients she could work with.  Only in her early 30’s, Ashley said that the arthritis went away after she stopped doing the job that she loved. “In high school I knew that I wanted to be in the medical field, but didn’t want to go through years of school.”  Her deeply religious family didn’t think that a career as a masseuse was a good idea. However, after her mom’s first massage, she realized that the profession her daughter chose was actually healing people. Read More
Debra Moncrief, Success Coach
Shashta Geter - Nurse Assistant
On November 4, 2019, Shasta Geter took a step outside her daily routine in pursuit of enhancing her skill set.  As a stay-at-home mom for many years, she felt it was time to focus on her dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. 

She demonstrated sheer determination as she completed all of the necessary steps for programmatic entry to Charlotte Area Fund.  Ms. Geter had also completed a Nurse Aide certification years prior; however, her career goals came to an abrupt halt after having children.  Read More 

Shelby Douglas, Success Coach
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Pride Magazine - Navigating the New Normal: Resources & Relief for Charlotte’s Small & Micro-Business Community During COVID-19. original air-date 4/17/2020
At a time when COVID-19 is impacting every aspect of our lives, for small businesses, micro-businesses and nonprofits, the impact has been enormous. Valuable resources are available in the Charlotte community to help navigate these uncertain times, and by working together, we can help more entrepreneurs and organizations survive COVID-19 and thrive in the future.

Panelists: Rocio Gonzalez – Executive Director, Latin American Chamber of Commerce; Eileen Joyce – Lead Economic Development Specialist, Small Business Administration, NC District; Keva Walton - Chief Growth Officer, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance; Nick Wharton - President & CEO, Charlotte Area Fund; Natalie Williams - Executive Director, Women’s Business Center of Charlotte
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Charlotte Agenda - Mona Lisa’s checklist: A homeless woman’s quest to ‘just get a job’ in Charlotte
She reports to her first day of work at 4:55 a.m., riding in a white Kia Optima with a dent on the trunk. In the Monday morning darkness along Wilkinson Boulevard in west Charlotte, strobe lights flicker from the roofs of yellow buses. Read more
Francene Marie Radio Show - Know Your Rights in Mecklenburg County
Francene Marie interviews a GREAT panel of guest that included Nicholas Wharton from Charlotte Area Fund, Scott Ellis with Know Your Rights: Youth Symposium Lead, and the amazing Maria Macon the Founder/Executive Director Mecklenburg Council of Elders, Inc. Read more
Pride Magazine Charlotte - Confronting the Problem of Poverty
The state of poverty often transcends economics. It can also be an emotional, intellectual and social mind-set. When facing such an all-consuming issue, how do people even begin to go about improving their situations? Read more
This video explains why the 2020 Census is so important to Community Action, answers frequently asked questions, and provides useful data and resources for helping Community Action Agencies ensure that everyone is counted!
Council Member James Mitchell, Timothy "Levi" Kinnard of the NC SBA Office and Nicholas Wharton, Charlotte Area Fund President and Chief Executive Officer provided information for small businesses and Mecklenburg County Residence.

Charlotte Area Fund is committed to providing emergency assistance to Mecklenburg County residents. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that many are experiencing circumstances that are nuanced. We are expanding family and household support services to reach those experiencing loss of job, income and other situations due to the pandemic. If you or someone you know is experiencing hardships, please reach out to us. 

About Charlotte Area Fund, Inc.
The mission of the Charlotte Area Fund is to identify and address poverty causes by providing programs and services that assist economically disadvantaged citizens with gaining the skills and abilities necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.

Guidance and Resources for managing Coronavirus Risk

Client testimonial Spotlight
I just want to start off by thanking all of you at Charlotte Area Fund for believing in me and investing your time in me as well. Before joining the program I didn't have a plan for the next 5 years of my life, neither did I know what career I wanted to pursue. Thankfully you all helped me find a career that I'm passionate about, and one I can advance in.

Classes like work readiness and the computer classes really furthered my knowledge and skills on how to be the best I can be, as well handling situations at work and at home. You guys have resources like no other and I'm very grateful to have received support and assistance. I've been rewarded with tools and most importantly a Universal EPA Certification that can provide a better life for me and my family. Again thank you and I look forward to hearing from you all in the future.
Justin Johnson received his Universal EPA certification and is now employed with RKW Residential
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