Population Served: Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s working poor.
History: CAM began in 1975 when a group of local clergy pooled resources during a severe recession to better respond to overwhelming demands on food pantries and clothing closets. In 1985, CAM was asked by the United Way and Mecklenburg County government to become the community’s central location for distribution of emergency financial assistance and basic household items. Today, CAM serves over 63,000 individuals a year and is recognized as a community leader and advocate for people living in poverty.
Approach: CAM disburses financial assistance and provides supportive services to hard working people with complex issues who truly need a “hand up” out of the cycle of poverty. Support includes: emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities, referrals, extended support programs to identify root causes of crisis, clothing and essential household goods. Additionally, CAM collaborates with other poverty-fighting agencies to prevent homelessness, and engages community leaders through hands-on educational programs on the real impact of poverty.
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