Newsletter – December, 2017

CCT News

Playing for Others Honors CCT

On November 17th, the nonprofit teen arts organization, Playing for Others, held their annual “Connecting Charlotte” event, where they premiered spoken word pieces for their nonprofit honorees. Each school year, Playing for Others chooses 10 local nonprofits to honor in a number of performance pieces, and CCT is one of those 10 for 2017-2018! You can watch piece honoring us in the video above. It is a powerful and emotional piece and we are so proud of these amazing youth!

CCT Receives Speedway Children’s Charities Grant

CCT once again received a grant from Speedway Children’s Charities for funding for our Families Doing Time Program. Speedway Children’s Charities is an organization that funds local nonprofit organizations that directly serve children in need. We are proud to continue to be part of that family.

This year’s award program included an opportunity for us to bring some of our Families Doing Time kids out to the Charlotte Motor Speedway to see Santa, meet their mascot, Lug Nut, and best of all, take a private drive through the beautiful Christmas Lights. It was an awesome experience for our kids!

Give Today

At CCT we rely on generous donors like you to provide the resources we need. Thank you to everyone who donated in the month of November.

Audra Atkinson
Beth Bennett-Hill
Jill Blumenthal
Kathy Booe
Anna Calhoun
Carmen Cabrera
Myra Clark
Morrison Creech
Ella D. Dennis
Emilio Echave
Catherine El-Khouri
Betty Hong
Janine Lafferty
Matthew Martell
Myrtle D. McRae
Delilah Montalvo

M. Munoz
Pamela Nemecek
Naiomi Pena
Bonnie Tangalos
Nancy Veloz
Thierry Wernaers
Julian and Amy Wright

Arlington Baptist Church
The Fred and Nancy Brumley Foundation
Junior League of Charlotte
Mecklenburg County ABC Board
Speedway Children’s Charities
United Way of the Central Carolinas
Valley of the Sun United Way

Opportunities to Give

This holiday season you can MAXIMIZE YOUR IMPACT by starting your very own fundraising page for CCT. By doing so you’ll become a part of our New Year, New Choices campaign now through December 31st. A few clicks will get you started and then all you have to do is share your fundraising page with friends and family and ask them to pitch in. You set your own fundraising goal, and we’ll provide the tools to help you meet it. By becoming a fundraiser for CCT you will:

  • Help spread the word about CCT and our programs to your friends and family.
  • Help our clients by helping us fund our programs for another year.
  • Increase YOUR impact and make a difference.


Gifts that Keep on Giving

You have your list ready and you’re headed to Amazon to make those final purchases so they will arrive in time for Christmas. Wait—don’t check out just yet! When you shop with Amazon, you can help support CCT at the same time. And, better yet—it won’t cost you a thing! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to CCT. Start supporting CCT today!

Volunteer Opportunities

The Center for Women

If interested contact Nyeshia Carpenter at

Community Volunteer Sponsors are needed to be trained to transport the women residents into the community for excursions to church and various other activities like shopping and entertainment, substance abuse meetings, etc. Due to state regulations, volunteers must be female.

Skill building volunteers are needed to assist the women with school tutoring, computer training, resume writing, cover letter writing, etc.

Families Doing Time

If interested, contact Families Doing Time Program Manager, Charis Blackmon at

Toys for Tots volunteers are needed to sort and prepare toys for our client families. Additionally, we will need volunteers to assist on the day of distribution.

Caregiver Christmas Baskets: We will need volunteers to assist with stuffing, wrapping, and delivering Christmas baskets to families during the holiday season.

Empowering Kids with Incarcerated Parents (EKWIP): We will need assistance printing and binding EKWIP workbooks for these school-based support groups. Additionally, volunteers that are consistently available during school hours on weekdays are needed to serve as group assistants during EKWIP groups. A background check would be required for all potential group assistant volunteers.

Data Entry: As we shift to a new data system, we will need volunteers to help with data entry.

Chaperones are needed to assist with our quarterly cultural excursions (Enrichment Institute) to be held in November, February, and April.


If interested contact Erik Ortega at

Mock Interviews: Every Other Monday@ 10:45 AM & Thursday 10:45 AM (Schedule may vary with holidays) – Assist staff with conducting mock job interviews with clients participating in our employment readiness classes. Questions and evaluation tool will be provided and individual feedback from the experience is welcomed.

Resume Development: Every other Wednesday @ 10:45 AM (schedule may vary with holidays) – Assist clients participating in the employment readiness program with the development/revision of their resume.

FRESH START Goal Setting: Schedule open but will need to be consistent – Assist clients with their goal setting and stability tracker – training will be provided.


Gala in honor of Center for Women, Wednesday, December 20

TK2 ministries is graciously hosting a special Holiday Gala for residents of our Center for Women. This event is closed to the public but we are so excited about it we wanted to share the news anyway!

Coming Soon – A new Valentine’s Event, Date TBD

Be on the lookout for information about a brand new event hosted by CCT around Valentine’s Day!

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