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August 9, 2022

Mark your calendar! Love in Action Gala Friday, Oct. 7

Mark your calendar!!! We are “Unmasking The Beauty Of Kindness” at this year’s Love in Action Gala! Join us on Friday, Oct. 7 from 6-10 p.m. for an evening full of dancing and fun complete with a masquerade ball-theme including dinner, silent auction, raffle, and music. We’ll also be presenting […]
August 3, 2022

Welcome, Ryan!

We’re so excited to introduce you to a new member of our team: Ryan Kolbe, Volunteer Engagement Leader (around the office we just call him Kolbe). He’s the guy you’ll talk to if you want to set up a group volunteer opportunity or have questions about signing up. You’ll see […]
July 19, 2022

Volunteers create special dietary needs section

In the spring, we started seeing more and more people donating food back to us. Strange, right? Well, some of our neighbors who frequent our pantries are challenged by health issues that require special foods. Thanks to friends like you, boxes of food are now being delivered specifically based on these special […]
July 13, 2022

WAITING LIST ALERT!!!

For the first time in a very long time, we have a waiting list of food insecure neighbors with barriers to attending our pantries. There are several opportunities for volunteers to be a lifeline for families monthly in the Monroe & Marshville areas! (Bilingual Spanish speakers also needed for some […]
July 6, 2022

A Getting Ahead Story: Discovering food pantries

Shortly after starting her Getting Ahead journey, Sarah Schfield discovered a valuable resource to help provide her children with nutritious meals: Common Heart’s food pantries!! A single Mom of two, Sarah – who’s a Russian native – said she had never even heard of a food pantry and didn’t know […]
June 30, 2022

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation!

A letter from Executive Director Keith Adams. “Thank God for your pantries. My food stamps were cut from $350 last year to just $16 now. You are a real lifeline for my family.” – “Dot,” a wife and mother of 3 young children I’ve been looking forward to a brief summer […]
June 27, 2022

Speaking kindness

We heard a VERY special story from one of the volunteers at our Union UMC food pantry last week. In his own words: “A car pulled up with a young man in the back seat that was 5 1/2 years old. He talked with me about the stages of the […]
June 20, 2022

Unexpected kindness during tough times

Last week one of our Cupboard Ally volunteers, Kim, had to step down because with rising prices, she needed to pick up extra hours at work. That meant no free Saturdays for food delivery. Another Ally volunteer began visiting the neighbors Kim had served. When he visited David he gave him […]
June 14, 2022

‘Very grateful’ the vet clinic was here

“We are very grateful. There’s no way we could do this without you guys.” That was the response from one of our Getting Ahead graduates at last weekend’s free veterinary clinic with her 3 dogs who were there for treatment. Her daughter, a current GA participant, was also there with […]
June 10, 2022

Welcome, Jeff!

We’re so thrilled to introduce you to another amazing addition to our team, Jeff Gardner, Partner Engagement Leader. Jeff is a retired pastor and former Common Heart board member who has been a fan, supporter, and donor throughout the past 16 years! He retired in 2021 from Threshold Church in […]
June 3, 2022

‘Getting Ahead saved my life’

When Tacara Howard walked into her first Getting Ahead group session she was “heavy hearted.” Still grieving the loss of her Mom, she had just gotten out of a bad relationship, was homeless, unemployed and sleeping in her car. This single Mom of two boys, ages 9 & 14, said […]
June 3, 2022

On World Bicycle Day, see how you can help by donating your old bike!

It’s World Bicycle Day! What a perfect time to highlight a local resource you may not know about where you can donate used adult sized bicycles for a great cause … helping our neighbors! This guest blog is from Tom Williamson of Ride Again Bicycle Ministry. My name is Tom […]
June 1, 2022

Join us June 18 at Juneteenth celebration in Marshville!

We’re SO excited to be a sponsor & participant at this year’s Juneteenth celebration in downtown Marshville on Saturday June 18!! Check out all the cool things that’ll be happening…and be sure to swing by our booth and say HI! Event runs from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and includes live […]
May 31, 2022

Pop-Up Shop Saturday!

SATURDAY!!! We’ve rescheduled our Pop-Up Shop for Saturday (June 4) and are excited to host it INSIDE our Indian Trail office in the nice, cool air-conditioning! 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. 116 Business Park Drive, suite A, Indian Trail Drop by for some AMAZING bargains like: -$1 women’s clothing (sizes XS-3X!)-$3 […]
May 20, 2022

‘Kindness, gentle humor & great expertise’

Common Heart volunteers file 515 tax returns … with kindness! When Wendy arrived for her tax appointment at Common Heart she was distraught and almost in tears. The 78-year-old grandmother did her own taxes last year (incorrectly) and she didn’t know how to fix the problem let alone how to […]
May 19, 2022

You can help: Getting Ahead graduate needs vehicle repair

UPDATE: Thanks to your donations, this need has been met! It’s been a couple years since Desiree has been in our Getting Ahead economic empowerment group but she’s still using the skills she learned. Since GA, she was able to negotiate a raise (twice!) at her current home health care […]
May 17, 2022

SATURDAY!! Retro Run 5K & 80s concert!

We’re racing towards Saturday (May 21) and our 1980s-themed Retro Run 5K fundraiser and really need your help in several ways!! Register to run OR Walk! Join us at Chestnut Square Park in Indian Trail on Saturday OR run (or walk) wherever you want and upload your results for the […]
May 17, 2022

Pop Up Shop Saturday, May 21!

We’re having another pop-up shop!! No bidding wars, just shopping! This event will be held from 3-8 p.m. this Saturday (May 21) at Chestnut Square Park in Indian Trail where we’ll be hosting our Retro Run 5K. Come for the shopping…stick around for other vendors, food trucks & a totally […]
April 29, 2022

Welcome, Michael!

We’re so thrilled to introduce you to another amazing addition to our team, Michael Hayes, Indian Trail Pantry Manager.  Michael loves serving others and that’s what attracted him to apply at Common Heart. He also serves as a part-time coordinator with our friends at the Community Shelter of Union County in […]
April 27, 2022

DIY Day: May 7 in Marshville

Join us for Common Heart’s first ever DIY (Do It Yourself) event!!FREE Hot Dog Lunch & Giveaways! Need to know about …Basic Car Maintenance?Small Engine Repair?Sewing?Food Preservation?Tire Repair? Bring the Family & Join Us for How-To Demonstrations on Basic Maintenance & Repairs. Kids welcome! Location: East Union Empowerment Center, 6022 […]
April 3, 2022

Getting Ahead grads continuing journey out of poverty

Applications being accepted for next sessions James Levee heard about Common Heart’s Getting Ahead focus/empowerment group at a mobile food pantry when he was there getting food for his family. They’re “facing some issues right now” and needed the food to be able to make ends meet, he said.  He […]
April 3, 2022

Single Mom gets $8K tax refund

Tax service success story!!!! The coordinator of our free income tax service just came bouncing into my office to tell me the GREAT news… They just got a single Mom of 3 who’s going to school to become a nurse, an $8K tax return! Talk about some happy tears! This […]
April 1, 2022

Let’s Kickstart Kindness!

A letter from Keith Adams, our Executive Director, about Kickstart Kindness, our month-long fundraising campaign that includes a matching opportunity!! During these past couple years your kindness and generosity have helped  thousands of our neighbors. Because of you thousands of children and families did not go to bed hungry! They […]
March 31, 2022

Welcome, Sarah!

Getting Ahead graduate now hired as Getting Ahead Coordinator You may recognize one of our newest employees… Sarah Kimbrough, our Getting Ahead Coordinator. Sarah is a Getting Ahead graduate who we’ve been thrilled to add to our staff!  She’s a Union County native who graduated from Parkwood High School and […]
March 24, 2022

5th annual Hunger Walk raises $40K

The results are in! Common Heart’s 5th annual Hunger Walk fundraiser drew 263 participants and raised $40,000. That’s enough to provide a week’s worth of groceries to 1,600 local hungry families! To put that in perspective, Common Heart food pantries are currently serving an average of 1,230 families each month.  […]
March 16, 2022

Volunteering is a family affair

Volunteering really can bring a family together!  Just ask one of our newest Cupboard Ally volunteers Nicole Hillery! This local attorney and her 16-year-old son, Nate, signed up to deliver groceries once a month to some of our neighbors after spending an “awesome” day together delivering Thanksgiving meals with us […]
March 1, 2022

Food Drive March 12

Our friend Kat Miller, a Re-Max Realtor, is partnering with a few other local businesses to host a food drive for Common Heart as well as a pet food drive for the Union County Humane Society. The food drive is 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12 at Chestnut Square Park, 320 […]
March 1, 2022

Welcome, Ginger!

We’re so excited to introduce another new member to the Common Heart team … Ginger Tucker, Empowerment Center Manager.  A native of Marshville, Ginger has spent her first weeks on the job here meeting new people and making connections in the area to spread the word about our new East […]
February 25, 2022

We love to see students serving!

We loved having this group of energetic students come serve with us recently at the Marshville food pantry warehouse!   They’re part of the Keeper Program, a local nonprofit organization that works with elementary, middle & high school students in Union County Public Schools. The students meet twice a week to […]
February 15, 2022

Adult literacy program moving to SPCC

Free community service accepting new students & volunteer tutors Our adult literacy program is on the move – to South Piedmont Community College! The college, which has supported the program since its launch in late 2019, will now house this free community service in the School of College & Career […]
February 11, 2022

‘Urgent’ needs met at our food pantries

Take steps to end local hunger by registering now for the Common Heart Hunger Walk!  Like so many of her neighbors, especially during this pandemic, “Anna” had never been to a food pantry before when she messaged us this week to ask how she could get food for her children. […]
February 11, 2022

Free vet clinic provides relief

“I’m so relieved.” That was the response from one of our Getting Ahead participants as she left last week’s free veterinary clinic with her dog, Sampson. Thanks to our new friends at The Street Dog Coalition, Sampson and about 30 other pets got free medical care including any necessary shots, […]
February 7, 2022

Welcome Riane!

Introducing our new Cupboard Ally Manager We’re excited to introduce one of our newest staff members, Riane Brownlee, who joins us in the newly created position of Cupboard Ally Manager. With the growth of this monthly food delivery program, we needed someone to focus on our Ally volunteers and the […]
January 20, 2022

Free tax service starts Jan. 25!

Proof of Covid-19 vaccine required for in-person preparation Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 25, volunteers Common Heart volunteers will once again offer free income tax service to local residents. In-person preparation will return this year with proof of Covid-19 vaccination to provide the best protection for volunteers and our neighbors. Masks will […]
January 10, 2022

Hunger Walk set for March 6

Registration now open! 5th annual event! Choose in-person or virtual option We got a Facebook message recently from “Susan,” saying she had “fallen on hard times” and wanted to know how to receive groceries from the Thursday evening pantry at Union United Methodist Church in Waxhaw. She lives close by […]
January 4, 2022

U.S. Marine pushes Mom to learn English

Dollar General grant gives boost to adult literacy program Eriberta Gonzalez of Monroe is working toward a big goal as she learns English through Common Heart’s adult literacy program: becoming an electrician.  Thanks to an $8,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Eriberta and other Union County adults are […]
December 15, 2021

Tax volunteers needed

Hard to believe… but tax season is approaching! That means we’re looking for volunteers to help with our FREE income tax season to help our neighbors file their taxes. Training sessions will be held online via Zoom January 8th and 15th from 8:30 to 4:00. Interested? Email Shaleel.Johnson@CommonHeart.org or call […]
December 15, 2021

Our Christmas Wish …

A letter from our Executive Director, Keith Adams. As I think about what you and this community have done, I can say that the dream of a small revolution of kindness is happening. And Our Christmas Wish this year is to see this revolution grow exponentially in the hearts of […]
December 10, 2021

Getting Ahead graduates starting their journey out of poverty

Applications being accepted for next sessions Our Getting Ahead empowerment focus groups meet people where they are — among all types of situations. For Angie Merritt, Getting Ahead was a “safe place” to be and meet new friends as she recovers from a drug addiction.  “It was a comfortable place […]
December 8, 2021

Goal met! Adult literacy student becomes US citizen

Adult literacy volunteer John Pinnix & Yahya Hamdouni, are more than just tutor & student — they’re friends. Yaya recently invited John to attend his U.S. citizenship ceremony and John presented him with a U.S. flag for his home. The moment marked a huge accomplishment for Yahya and the completion […]
December 1, 2021

‘So kind, gracious & funny’

The neighbors who regularly attend our evening food pantries often become friends, as Pastor Brad Cunningham of Union United Methodist Church can attest. He reflects on this relationship after one of these neighbors died unexpectedly. In his own words … A week ago today I received a phone call. One […]
November 9, 2021

Hamming it Up in 2021!

Did you hear?! Common Heart is ‘hamming it up’ this year due to turkey shortages and will be giving away hams instead of turkeys with Thanksgiving baskets. Due to the shortages and rising grocery costs this year we’ve also had to increase to a $40 donation providing the whole Thanksgiving […]
November 9, 2021

You could WIN money all year long!

Did you hear about the Cash Calendar??? It’s an awesome fundraiser with our friends at Rotary Club of Matthews where you have the chance to WIN cash all year long! Common Heart is just one of the many local nonprofits who will benefit from this fundraiser. Every Monday, Wednesday & […]
October 29, 2021

Getting Ahead graduate cooks up business on her path to stability

Getting Ahead success story alert!  We’re so proud of our Getting Ahead graduate Sharon Crowder who has recently opened a business following her passion: cooking.  Level Up Spicy Kreationz Southern Kountry Komfort Food & Spice is a full-service catering business and Sharon also makes and sells her spices separately (43 […]
October 29, 2021

Introducing Nelson!

Common Heart welcomes new Operations Director We’re so excited to introduce you to our new Operations Director, Nelson Hardin! To say Nelson has a passion for helping people is an understatement. In high school, he helped run a food pantry in the D.C.-area feeding the homeless every afternoon after he […]
October 26, 2021

‘New way to serve’

Howard Williams is only in his third month as a Cupboard Ally volunteer and already sees some friendships blossoming with the neighbors he’s delivering groceries to. He’s serving two widowed women, both elderly — one just celebrated her 90th Birthday! “The day we first met she was sharing about her […]
October 22, 2021

Great Turkey Countdown is here!

Hey November is almost here and you know what that means?? It’s time to rustle up some turkeys! It is time for ….The …. Great …. Turkey …. Countdown!!  2021 GOAL: 1,500 Turkeys for 1,500 Families! Can we do it again this year??? 1,500 families blessed by the generosity of this […]
October 20, 2021

Free workshop: Intro to Financial Literacy

Are you looking to take control of your finances? We’re partnering with South Piedmont Community College to host this three-session, in person workshop. FREE and open to the public! Masks required. Workshop will be held on the following Saturdays from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at our East Union Empowerment Center in Marshville. […]
October 13, 2021

Last chance … make your Love in Action gift today!

This year’s Love In Action was a shining example of how our community has pulled together to meet the needs of our neighbors who are struggling to put food on their tables. But, we are not done yet….. So far, we have raised $41,843 towards our $60,000 goal. There is still time […]
September 30, 2021

9-year-old twins collect 500+ boxes of cereal

Fourth graders Amisha & Ronak Ghelani know what it means to put #loveinaction. The 9-year-old twins from South Charlotte collected more than 500 boxes of cereal for Common Heart’s food pantries after seeing the cereal shelf was almost empty when they were volunteering recently at our Marshville location.  The idea […]
September 23, 2021

Ruth’s ‘ah ha’ moment

Getting Ahead graduate Ruth Perez says her “ah ha moment” during the Money & Me class hit on a topic that she loves — ice cream. Regular trips to a local ice cream shop with her 10-member household (of three generations!) is expensive, but before taking this class they wouldn’t […]
September 15, 2021

‘What do I do?’

When Kenyatta Moore heard about Getting Ahead she was in the middle of what she describes as a “perfect storm.” The mother of two from Waxhaw was full-time caregiver for her mother, taking college courses, helping her daughter with autism complete virtual school and she had just lost her customer […]
September 13, 2021

Rising to the challenges by putting Love in Action!

This year we are investing in people – people not only impacted by this pandemic, but the circumstances and barriers of life in poverty. Here’s a letter from our Executive Director, Keith Adams. Thank you for being a big part of this small revolution of kindness! Thousands of our neighbors have […]
September 2, 2021

Changing poverty into prosperity

After years of struggling to keep up with medical bills following major heart and kidney issues, Marie “Rosie” Kreutzer was in trouble. Food always seemed to be running low and this self-described “positive person” was emotionally and physically drained.  She was in line at a Common Heart drive-thru mobile food […]
August 26, 2021

‘What Getting Ahead means to me …’

2020 Getting Ahead graduate Sharon Crowder shares about her experience in last year’s focus group. Now as a member of our Advocates for Change group, Sharon is cheering on the new graduates as she operates a new online shop. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Sharon! My experience in Getting Ahead […]
August 17, 2021

Safety first! New volunteer guidelines

Summer’s winding down and we hope you’re enjoying these last days of vacation. As high school and college students head back to school (good luck!!) we’ve got weekday gaps to fill in our volunteer family.The opportunities include sorting incoming donations, packing food for our neighbors, working at our mobile pantries […]
August 17, 2021

Poverty Simulation Cancelled

We’re sad to report that due to the recent uptick in the number of COVID cases our Poverty Simulation on Aug. 21 has been cancelled. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date! If your church, school or business would like to host a Poverty Simulation led by our Advocates for Change group […]
August 3, 2021

Aug. 17: Getting Ahead Graduation

Join us in-person, via zoom or Facebook Live on August 17 from 6:30-8pm for the graduation of our third Getting Ahead cohort of 2021!! Their theme is “Wake Up & Change Poverty into Prosperity.” The dress is casual – or pajamas!! Time for a little fun and celebration because this […]
August 3, 2021

Aug. 21: Advocates for Change Poverty Simulation

UPDATE: This event has been postponed … stay tuned for a new date. Walk for a little while in your neighbor’s shoes as our Advocates for Change group hosts a poverty simulation on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 302 East Windsor St., in […]
July 29, 2021

What Dad remembers …

After seeing what his daughter-in-law Deb had started and watching his son Keith get involved too, it didn’t take Frank Adams too long to start helping to feed his neighbors. When he started volunteering, Common Heart had just become an official nonprofit and was renting a small storage room in […]
July 23, 2021

East Union now open!!

Did you see us on TV??? Huge thank you to WSOC-TV for coming out today to cover our ribbon cutting and grand opening last week at our new East Union Empowerment Center in Marshville. This new space includes a food pantry warehouse to better serve our neighbors and classroom space […]
July 2, 2021

FREE Workshop: Money & Me

If you look at the amount of money coming in and look at your expenses and you just don’t know how to make it work … then this 6 hour introductory course is for you! It’s designed specifically for families challenged by poverty. Join us Friday, July 16 from 10-11:30 […]
July 1, 2021

Humble Beginnings …

It’s our Birthday month!! July 2021 marks 15 years of serving together at Common Heart! We’ve got a lot of fun things planned to celebrate this month and we’re so excited to share some stories as we take a peek at what Common Heart has looked like through the years. […]
June 29, 2021

East Union grand opening celebration!

All are invited to the grand opening of Common Heart’s new East Union Empowerment Center, 6022 Marshville Boulevard, in Marshville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 15.  The Union County Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. and Common Heart will provide a […]
June 24, 2021

Dynamic duo graduate from Getting Ahead and earn GEDs in same week!

When Ruth Perez signed up for Common Heart’s Getting Ahead focus group it was during a very stressful time. Her Mom was in the hospital with COVID, she was working toward her GED, and her family had been without water for three months because they couldn’t pay the bill. She […]
June 17, 2021

Volunteer vies for ‘Mr. Fitness’ title and $20K donation

Common Heart has the chance to WIN $20,000 thanks to a pledge from one of our own volunteers who is participating in an online fitness contest. Long-time volunteer and personal trainer, Emmett Ballard, is competing to be named Mr. Fitness in Muscle & Fitness magazine. The grand prize is $20,000 […]
June 3, 2021

Free tax service success despite pandemic

Our free income tax service volunteers filed 282 income tax returns this year despite challenges from the pandemic. The free service assisted residents in receiving $463,432 in total refunds and saved them an estimated total of $42,300 in tax return fees.  This was the 10th year Common Heart has offered […]
May 26, 2021

Getting Ahead virtual graduation June 9

Please join us (virtually!) Wednesday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. as we celebrate our 10 Getting Ahead graduates! These hard-working neighbors are starting their journeys out of poverty and into stability and we’re so proud of all the accomplishments they’ve made so far! You’ll hear stories about their experiences and […]
April 23, 2021

Donations matched thru April 30

Have you heard??? Some friends have created the Kickstart Kindness match, and through April 30 your special gift will be matched dollar for dollar, and new monthly recurring donations will be TRIPLE matched! WOW!!! As of Friday, April 23 we have just 7 DAYS LEFT and $9,684 to go in […]
April 23, 2021

Common Heart Retro Run May 29

1980s-themed 5K to be held in-person with virtual option Registration is open for the 2nd annual Common Heart Retro Run 5K fundraiser.  This 1980s-themed run/walk event will be held in-person Saturday, May 29 at Chestnut Square Park in Indian Trail with COVID safety precautions in place. A virtual option is […]
April 5, 2021

New pantry opens in Monroe!

EXCITING NEWS!!! We’re adding another traditional food pantry! Starting today (Monday, April 5), every Monday from 7-8 p.m. our friends at Benton Heights Presbyterian Church (2701 Concord Hwy.) in Monroe will be hosting a drive-thru food pantry! That means we’ll have two pantries operating at the same time on Mondays […]
March 24, 2021

Delivering groceries & hope!

When Common Heart volunteer Brian Cross started delivering groceries last year to “Brenda,” each month as part of our Cupboard Allies program he wasn’t sure what to expect. But it didn’t take long before they were sharing laughs and photos of their kids. This unique program is creating supportive friendships […]
March 24, 2021

Hunger Walk raises $45K!

The results are in! Common Heart’s 4th annual Hunger Walk fundraiser drew about 200 participants and raised $45,333. That’s enough to provide a week’s worth of groceries to 1,813 struggling local families! To put that in perspective, Common Heart food pantries are currently serving an average of 1,400 families each […]
February 10, 2021

Boy Scouts collect 5,741 pounds of food for hungry neighbors

Common Heart’s food pantries received 5,741 pounds of nonperishable foodthanks to four local Boy Scout troops who chose the nonprofit as the recipient for their annualScouting for Food collection. That’s enough to provide a week’s worth of food to 155 local struggling families! The national food & fund drive is […]
February 5, 2021

‘It’s weeks until payday … they’re struggling’

Take steps to end local hunger by registering now for the Common Heart Hunger Walk!  Like so many of her neighbors, especially during this pandemic, “Nancy” had never been to a food pantry before she came to one of Common Heart’s drive-thru pantries last week. Her husband is working but […]
January 28, 2021

‘No act of kindness is too small’

“Seeing all of the teachers, assistants, and support staff come through the line reminded me that we always have an opportunity to make people feel appreciated. No act of kindness is too small. Everyone deserves to feel like what they do and who they are matters, especially during challenging times.”  […]
January 19, 2021

Be an advocate…Become an Ally!

Have you ever thought “I’d like to get more involved but I don’t know how?” The Cupboard Ally program might be for you! Our friends Pastor Quintell & his wife, Christie of Multiply Church in Monroe, have been going “above & beyond” recently to help a neighbor in need who […]
January 12, 2021

Hunger Walk is going virtual!

While we can’t safely gather in-person this year, you can still take steps to end local hunger! The VIRTUAL Common Heart Hunger Walk is a great chance to join in solidarity to raise awareness about hunger in our community and raise funds to support Common Heart’s food pantry programs. On Sunday, March 7 go for […]
December 7, 2020

Our Christmas Wish

Written by Common Heart Executive Director Keith Adams… Dear friend,    2020 has been a year, hasn’t it?! It’s been challenging for so many reasons, but it’s also been a year when we have come together serving the needs of local families facing hardships. This year has shown … we are […]
December 1, 2020

Getting Ahead & Staying There

This article appears in the digital magazine “Thanks & Giving” presented by the Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group in honor of GivingTuesday on Dec. 1. See page 12. Thanks & Giving Magazine 2020 by Charlotte Media Group – issuu #CMGGivingTuesday Our Economic Empowerment programs were given a big boost as we […]
November 16, 2020

Give More Than Thanks

Brian Cross, a Common Heart Board Member, shares his thoughts leading up to Saturday’s 14th annual Great Turkey Countdown…our biggest delivery day of the year!  How are you showing your gratitude this Thanksgiving season?  At Thanksgiving, we gather at the table with our families, break bread and share our joys.  […]
October 29, 2020

Great Turkey Countdown is here!

Canned goods, frozen turkeys needed to reach goal of serving 1,500 families in need Calling all turkeys!  Local nonprofit Common Heart is seeking donations to provide 1,500 frozen turkeys with all the fixin’s to 1,500 local families in need so they can prepare their own Thanksgiving feasts. It’s the 14th […]
October 29, 2020

Have you ever wanted to help guide someone out of poverty?

Common Heart online workshop starts Nov. 8 Executive business planner and Common Heart volunteer Peter Ochs has a passion for seeing people succeed in life. That’s why, he said, he’s had such a great experience serving as an Ally for Getting Ahead graduate, Cori, who’s on her journey out of […]
October 21, 2020

Common Heart volunteer pens children’s book

You can bid on a copy in our Common Heart Auction Group! When Common Heart volunteer Rich Scalea was visiting the New Jersey boardwalk enjoying a Nathan’s hot dog he just happened to see a woman walk by with a Dachshund (aka “weiner dog”) named Nathan. (Get it?!? Ha ha!) […]
October 16, 2020

Love in Action to support expansion of services in eastern Union County

Moser Group, Passionate Paws kick off fundraising blitz Since the pandemic hit locally, Stephen & Dr. Susan Bonilla had been looking for ways to give back but weren’t sure how. As the owners of Passionate Paws Animal Hospital in Waxhaw, they enjoy sponsoring community events, but those were cancelled. Hosting […]
September 3, 2020

Dollar General grant boosts adult literacy program

Dion Rymer didn’t know how his family — both locally and those still in the British Virgin Islands — would react when they found out he enrolled in Common Heart’s adult literacy program to improve his reading and writing skills. He describes their reactions in two words: Very proud.  The […]