Emergency-relief fund launched

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Launched with a $1 million gift from the Leon Levine Foundation, Foundation For the Carolinas has created a new fund to aid people hurt by the global economic crisis.

The Critical Need Response Fund will be used to help residents of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and is a partnership of Foundation for the Carolinas, the Levine Foundation, Mecklenburg Ministries, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Central Carolinas.

Funds will be awarded by a task force of volunteer leaders co-chaired by Amy Woods Brinkley, a global risk executive for Bank of America, and Harry Jones, Mecklenburg county manager.

All donations to the fund will go directly to serve people in need; administrative fees will be waived. To date, the fund has awarded a total of $400,000 in grants:

  • Crisis Assistance Ministry — $100,000
  • Loaves & Fishes — $100,000
  • Second Harvest Food Bank — $100,000
  • United Family Services — $50,000
  • Jewish Family Services — $50,000

Contributions to the fund can be made online or by calling 704.973.4588.

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