In the community center, we also have a dream of establishing a local consignment store where we can assist the poor in practical ways, help single-parent households, and provide an opportunity for our city to donate unused items to a good cause, all while striving to maintain the dignity of the people.
Community centers can be the catalyst for change in underserved communities. The East Charlotte community has limited access to resources and facilities. A community center could provide a space to have leadership training, continuing education, and events that bring about change.
Increasing economic opportunity is a key component to ensuring economic mobility. We can support economic mobility by providing job training and creating jobs within the community. Whether it’s teaching classes in the community center, organizing team sports, or assisting with the maintenance of the community center.
We think, too often, community buildings are perceived to be inaccessible, which can make an organization’s efforts challenging when making an impact on a community. Our organization has an advantage because instead of establishing a building first and then pursuing the community, we have spent years investing in the community and earning their trust. We want to continue to actively pursue the beautiful people of East Charlotte. A community center will help enable us to assist the community more effectively.