Back in Style a Success!
We held our 7th annual Back in Style event August 24, the Thursday before Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools returned to class. The purpose of the event is to serve low-income households that have been further disrupted by the incarceration of a parent. These families struggle to afford school supplies that are costly but obviously necessary tools for a successful education.
During the event we provided participants with a hot meal, school supplies, back to school haircuts or styling, and a variety of fun enrichment activities. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on Park Rd hosted our event in their building in addition to helping fund the event. The event ran past midnight despite only being scheduled to run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with dedicated volunteer barbers and stylists staying late to make sure all of the children were “back in style”!
Our volunteers deserve the credit for helping us succeed in this undertaking. Over 30 volunteers came out to support over two-hundred children. They served a variety of roles including checking people in, set up and clean up, cutting and styling hair, distributing food and school supplies, and even simply interacting with our clients.
Each year Back in Style has been able to serve more clients in our largest event of the year and we hope to continue that trend in 2018. Thank you to everyone who donated either money or school supplies making the event possible. We rely on your support to fund Back in Style as well as our other events. And we especially want to thank all of our sponsors:
- Elevation Church
- St. Matthew’s Catholic Church
- New Waves of Joy
- Uncle Maddio’s Pizza
- Domino’s Pizza (Patterson Pizza Co.)
- St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
- West Cabarrus Church
- Sonny’s BBQ
- Coca Cola
- Aon Hewitt
Photo Credit: Organic Imagery by Keyna (THANK YOU!). See more photos at http://www.organicimagerybykeynab.com/backinstyle
Top Right: A volunteer helps give out school supplies; Bottom Left: A volunteer works on a haircut; Bottom Middle: One of our clients is all smiles after getting his backpack; Bottom Right: A volunteer stays late into the night to finish up hair styles.
At CCT we rely on generous donors on you to provide the resources we need. Thank you to everyone who donated in the months of August and September.
Robert K. Daniels
David L. Drum
Jeffery S. Eason
Eric and Robin Franz
Atalaya Henrietta Johnson
Dorian A. Johson
Arlington Baptist Church
Charlotte Friends Meeting
Domino’s Pizza (Patterson Pizza Company)
Making a Way Transportation
Mecklenburg County ABC Board
New Beginnings Church
New Waves of Joy
The Sally Jordan Family Fund
St. John’s Baptist Church
St. Luke Catholic Church
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
St. Matthews Catholic Church
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza
United Way of the Central Carolinas
Valley of the Sun United Way
West Cabarrus Church
Opportunities to Give
Our Center for Women still needs more new bedding sets. Some of our sets are more than 10 years old and becoming thread bare. Help incoming residents feel more welcome by donating a new set today!
Donations can be dropped off at the facility 24/7. Please check in with the PA if you come outside of regular business hours.
5825 Old Concord Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28213
Thank you to those who have already donated!
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The Center for Women
A volunteer to train to drive women to Elevation Church for Sunday Services is needed. If you are interested, please contact the Center for Women’s Volunteer Coordinator, Nyeshia Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Tuesdays – Families Doing Time
Volunteers are always needed to assist with Third Tuesdays (family support nights). Volunteers may help set up, clean up, do activities with the children, serve and/or provide food, and more. If interested, contact Families Doing Time Program Manager, Charis Blackmon at email@example.com.
National Day of Prison and Reentry Nonprofits , November 3rd
The National Day of Prison and Reentry Nonprofits is on Friday, November 3rd.