2019 Holiday Schedule

Crisis Assistance Ministry will be closed to all customers, donors, volunteers, and staff on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - New Year's Day
  • Monday, January 21, 2019 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Friday, April 19, 2019 - Good Friday
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019 - Easter Weekend
  • Saturday, May 25, 2019 - Memorial Day Weekend
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - Memorial Day
  • Thursday, July 4, 2019 - Independence Day
  • Saturday, August 31, 2019 - Labor Day Weekend
  • Monday, September 2, 2019 - Labor Day
  • Monday, November 11, 2019 - Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 28, 2019 - Thanksgiving
  • Friday, November 29, 2019 - Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Saturday, November 30, 2019 - Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Tuesday, December 24, 2019 - Christmas Eve
  • Wednesday, December 25, 2019 - Christmas
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - New Year's Day

Preventing homelessness. Preserving dignity.

Grow Hope

Carol is planting seeds for the future by supporting our neighbors in need. Join her by staying home during our #NonEventGala. Instead of attending a gala, stay home and make a donation to make a difference.

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Partnership Fuels Summer Adventures

Wayfinders NC, formerly known as Bruce Irons Camp Fund, provides year-round enrichment and summer camp experiences for local students. A visit to the Free Store makes those adventures possible for families already struggling to make ends meet.

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Walmart Works to Strengthen Community Through Collaboration, Philanthropy

Of the more than 1 million items that pass through the Free Store each year, a good number are new items donated by Walmart, thanks to a longstanding partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. Recently, Walmart made a generous $20,000 donation to Crisis Assistance Ministry to support families struggling to meet life’s basic needs.

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You Helped Exceed the 2019 Challenge – Thank You!

Thanks to donations made by generous supporters like you, Crisis Assistance Ministry not only met the 2019 Challenge set by Atrium Health, but also surpassed our goal. The money raised has already been put into action to prevent homelessness and preserve dignity for neighbors with limited financial resources.

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Welcome Our Newest Graduates

On May 4, Crisis Assistance Ministry joyfully celebrated the graduations of a new class of Customer Advocates. New graduate Kimberly reflected on her journey from customer to empowered advocate saying: “I have found my voice and will utilize it to the best of my ability to help families like mine understand that there is hope, that life happens to everyone, and that we must not give up but continue to move forward.”

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School Uniforms, in Spring?

Even in Spring, school uniform items are among the most frequently requested items by families visiting the Free Store. School clothes aren’t just needed in August. Some public schools follow a year-round calendar. Sometimes children grow in December. And, inevitably, that last pair of khakis sprouts a hole on the 15th of May. You can help.

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Special Funding Released to Help Families Behind on Rent and Utility Bills

For a limited time, special funding is available for Mecklenburg County households needing assistance paying their rent and utility bills. While county residents can always seek emergency financial assistance at Crisis Assistance Ministry, now through June 30, additional funds are available to assist families in need.

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Reflections on Legacy of Lynching and Racial Justice in America

As a new exhibit opens at the Levine Museum of the New South, entitled Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America, participants from the recent trip to Montgomery, Alabama, reflect on what they learned about the past, present, and future of racial justice in America, including right here in Mecklenburg County.

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What’s Your #WhyIGive?

You can change lives by joining Al, Andrea, Lea, Andrew, Carol and Dick with a gift that celebrates all the GOOD we can do together. It’s about extending a hand to moms, dads, sisters, brothers, children, veterans, seniors, and survivors who just need a little help to regain financial security.

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It’s All Because of You . . .

Over the last five years alone, volunteers have given almost 250,000 hours here in support of people with urgent financial needs. It’s a gift that exceeds $1 million in value annually. During National Volunteer Week, and throughout the year, we are grateful for the many caring individuals and groups who perform one-quarter of the work here at Crisis Assistance Ministry!

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Give More Families Like Joy’s Hope For The Future

Joy and her son needed help and hope during a health emergency and looming eviction. Your support of Joy and other families is crucial and you can #doubleyourimpact during #Challenge2019 with a gift today.

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Atrium Health to Match Every Donation up to $250,000 with Challenge

Atrium Health is proud to extend its mission to improve health, elevate hope, and advance healing for all by matching every donation to Crisis Assistance Ministry up to $250,000, now through April 30.

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You are invited to stay home and help plant seeds for Charlotte's future.

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