While Charlotteans are doing their individual part to slow the contagion by practicing social distancing, they are also acting collectively and staying socially engaged to help our community. Below are a few inspiring stories of people helping people – proving, we’re in this together. 


COVID-19 Response Fund

In partnership with Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, corporations, houses of faith and others, the COVID-19 Response Fund helps those most in need  through support to nonprofit organizations. The Fund will retain flexibility to respond to evolving and emerging needs. The initial priority is to address the immediate basic human needs of our residents by deploying resources to trusted organizations that respond to, and are impacted by, the coronavirus outbreak. The Fund, administered by Foundation For The Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas, will work in concert with local leaders and officials to complement government interventions and investments. Consider donating here. 


Bank of America Commits $100 Million in Support of Communities Around the World Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic

Bank of America today announced it is committing $100 million to support local communities in need as the world faces unprecedented challenges from the coronavirus. The funds will help increase medical response capacity, address food insecurity, increase access to learning as a result of school closures, and provide support to the world’s most vulnerable populations. “We must all work together as one global community – public and private sectors, as well as individuals – to address this healthcare and humanitarian crisis,” said Brian Moynihan, chairman and CEO of Bank of America. “As the needs in our local communities continue to rapidly escalate, we must take swift action to provide resources where there are gaps, and help local communities protect their most vulnerable populations.” More info here. 


The Howard R. Levine Foundation and Truist Financial Corporation each commit $1 Million to COVID-19 Response Fund

The Howard R. Levine Foundation and Truist Financial Corporation annouced Tuesday that they are donating $1 million each to the COVID-19 Response Fund, a community-wide effort to assist those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Foundation For The Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas launched the fund Monday to support a range of organizations assisting members of the community, particularly those most vulnerable. 


The Loyalist Market and 20 other Business are Raising Funds to Provide Free Lunches to Charlotte-Area Children

Hours after Gov. Roy Cooper ordered school closures for the next two weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Loyalist Market, will be giving out free sandwiches to any child who receives free lunches within the North Carolina school system. Because the Loyalist Market is closed on Monday, the offer starts on Tuesday. The restaurant will give away free grilled cheese, ham and turkey sandwiches until March 30. Consider donating here. 


Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina 

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina has always prioritized the health and safety of our community, volunteers and staff. Food safety has been a number one goal of the Food Bank’s since we started in 1981. We are taking extra safety and cleanliness precautions in all of our facilities as our country struggles to best manage the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The greatest need currently is for funds to purchase healthy shelf stable items for food boxes. These boxes will help feed families whose children are missing school meals, seniors being asked to stay safely in their homes, those in need of food who are quarantined, and employees in our community being impacted by decreases in work hours. Consider donating here. 


Truist Gives $25 million to Virus Relief, Employees Get Paid Leave and Childcare 

Truist is donating $25 million to support basic needs, medical supplies, and financial hardship in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the bank said Tuesday. It’s one of the largest donations from a financial institution for COVID-19 relief to date. COVID-19 is the disease caused by the virus. The Charlotte-based financial institution will donate $1 million to both the CDC Foundation and Johns Hopkins University, and $3 million to local United Way organizations, it said in a news release. More info here. 


David Tepper Foundation Donated $2.65M Toward Coronavirus Pandemic Relief 

According to Alaina Getzenberg of the Charlotte Observer, $1 million is going to the Foundation for the Carolinas’ COVID-19 Response Fund while the rest of the money is going to Atrium Health and Novant Health as well as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Foundation. More info here


Volunteers Emerge All Over Town to Help the Needy

After a few days of shock and despair at the life-altering spread of the coronavirus, Charlotte now seems to be showing resilience. OK, sure — stocks are down 30% in the last month. Restaurants and bars and stores are closing. Large group gatherings — first defined as 100 people, then 50 — are now redefined as groups of 10 or more. And it’s becoming clear that a lot of people, especially hourly workers, are going to be losing money for weeks. And the effects of this crisis could drag on for months. Yet around Charlotte, to help those who are feeling the brunt of the shutdown of schools and businesses, there were signs of people stepping forward. More info here. 


Here’s How You Can Help Charlotte Area Children & Adults in Need 

Organizations large and small have announced ways they’re providing relief to local families in Charlotte and the surrounding area. The Charlotte Observer has compiled this list, which will be updated over time, to help you learn how you can help. Philanthropy experts advise people looking to help their community direct monetary donations toward established nonprofit organizations. More info here. 


How to Help: Support Your Neighbors Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus, both the illness and the ensuing economic fallout, won’t affect everyone equally. Some, due to health, age, profession, or economic status, will suffer more than others. Yet the solution relies upon all of us. It’ll require self-sacrifice and, if we’re able, generosity. Here are some organizations who are helping others — the elderly, the homeless, children, domestic violence victims, animals, and more — and ways we can help, too. Let’s look back upon this time and be proud of who we were as individuals, and who we were as a city. Take care of each other, Charlotte. More info here. 


Wells Fargo Announces Aid for Customers and Communities Impacted by COVID-19 

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced additional comprehensive steps to help customers, communities and employees grappling with the impact of COVID-19. The company has suspended residential property foreclosure sales, evictions and involuntary auto repossessions. Additionally, the Wells Fargo Foundation will increase its charitable donations to $175 million to help address food, shelter, small business and housing stability, as well as to provide help to public health organizations. More info here. 


Lowe’s Giving $25 Million to Hospitals, Communities During Coronavirus Pandemic

  • $10 million in essential medical gear, such as respirators, will be given to hospitals and medical centers.
  • $4.5 million will be given to Lowe’s stores in the U.S. and Canada, who will then donate to their communities for short-term and long-term needs.
  • $1.5 million will support the COVID-19 Response Fund in the greater Charlotte region.
  • $500,000 will go to the American Red Cross.

More info here.