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On April 22nd some 600 Realtors® – armed with muscle power and enthusiasm – will be out in force across Mecklenburg and Iredell counties in a multi-pronged volunteer effort to help individual homeowners with critical exterior repairs, lead the initial phase of a neighborhood rehab blitz, refurbish a community garden, and provide much-needed repairs for a local soup kitchen. A group of more than 150 Realtors® will zero in on Druid Hills, while an army of close to 500 other Realtors® will spread out across the region to help 10 deserving homeowners with home repairs and/or adaptive safety modifications. Realtor® volunteers will also be dispatched to the Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen in Huntersville to help the nonprofit with some extensive site repairs.

Since 2009, Realtors® have fanned out across the region for the annual Realtors® Care Day (RCD), an all-day, home-repair project that has helped 174 homeowners and nonprofits since its inception. For the first time, the Housing Opportunity Foundation – the charitable arm of the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association – is partnering with another nonprofit to concentrate efforts in a single neighborhood as part of RCD. Like the Housing Opportunity Foundation, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership (CMHP) works to ensure citizens have access to safe housing in communities that support independence, opportunity and advancement. Both organizations support affordable housing initiatives.

RCD advances the sustainable and affordable housing mission of the foundation by providing area homeowners with critical, but often unaffordable, exterior home repairs and/or adaptive safety modifications. Many of the homeowners are elderly or challenged by serious physical limitations and require assistance to maintain safe and sustainable housing. Realtors® Care Day volunteer teams will be out in force – across the region – to repair gutters, replace windows, paint, repair decks, build wheelchair ramps, replace siding and more. Over the past eight years, some 4,600 Realtor® volunteers have made a community-wide financial impact of more than $1 million. The 2016 event promises to build upon this success, with the continued support of nearly 100 local businesses and organizations pitching in with financial sponsorships and in-kind donations.

For the eighth consecutive year, Lowe’s has supported Realtors® Care Day by developing a process for the organization, as well as management and delivery of materials to all home sites within the two-county area. Lowe’s staff will assist throughout the day in meeting the project needs until all sites have been completed. The Housing Opportunity Foundation also welcomes back the commitment of several regional partners that have helped identify homeowners eligible for assistance with critical home-repair needs: City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood & Business Services Department; Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.

Work will begin at 9:30 am and continue until completed. Attached is additional information about the Angels & Sparrows project as well as a description of work to be done and the names of the team leading the effort. I hope you will consider stopping by to encourage our volunteers. Please contact me if you have any questions. The address is listed below.

Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen is located at 514 N. Old Statesville Rd. in Huntersville (28078). Approved repairs include: replacing boards on the deck ramp, outside landscape timbers, re-painting the "loading zone" on the asphalt in the front, painting all trim, pre-pressure washing, staining the outside benches and picnic tables, caulking / repairing exterior siding gaps, repairing a few outside boards, reinforcing the falling fencing and painting the entire kitchen as well as ceiling.

Background Information

Started in 2007, Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen grew from a vision by Sandy Tilley who left her job in the corporate world to serve those in need.

The purpose of Angels and Sparrows is to help fight hunger in Huntersville and the adjacent towns of Cornelius and Davidson as well as in the North Mecklenburg County unincorporated areas. Angels and Sparrows does not accept government funding. Volunteers at Angels and Sparrows come from every walk of life and possess the ability and willingness to treat those being served with dignity and respect; most all have a commitment to fight hunger in the community. The organization serves lunch Monday – Friday year round including holidays to anyone in need.

 

The goals of Angels and Sparrows are as follows:

• To provide food and nourishment for the bodies and souls of men, women and children who face hunger in their daily lives, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin or physical or mental disabilities.
• To provide a sense of community for those persons affected by hunger.
• To provide a Christian response to the real world based on the teachings of Christ Jesus.
• To become a living ministry supported by local churches, businesses, individuals and other organizations.
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