Wells Fargo’s Community Partners Program will present 45 grants of $1,000 each Thursday to a group of smaller, neighborhood efforts that are often over looked by large foundations.
The program is described as a new way the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation can connect with the community on a neighborhood level.
Team members at Wells Fargo bank branches chose the recipients, based on how the nonprofit was helping out in the neighborhood surrounding the branch. Wells Fargo has used that approach for several years in other states it serves.
“We know the needs are great across the area, especially now,” said J.B. Abdullah, community bank president for metro Charlotte.
“This is a new way to help more people and more groups that we haven’t been able to reach in the past. We think this will build local ties and foster even more community involvement by our team members.”
Leaders of the non-profit groups will receive $1,000 checks from those who selected them at a ceremony beginning at 8:15 a.m. Thursday at One Wachovia, 301 S. College St.
Nonprofits receiving grants include:
Humans Helping Humans; A Bridge for Us Community Outreach; Battens Disease Support and Research Association; Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte; Bruns Elementary School, and Camp Blue Skies Foundation.
Charlotte Quilter’s Guild; Charlotte Steeplechase Association; Charlotte United Futbol Club; Children Come 1st; Children’s Theatre of Charlotte; Community Culinary School of Charlotte; CUP Inc.; Dorcas Ministries, and Hands on Charlotte.
Hope Haven; Humane Society of Charlotte; Kids First of the Carolinas; Kids Rein; Kindermourn; Matthews Free Medical Clinic; Matthews Help Center; Mecklenburg Guardian Foundation; Of Bright Hopes and Olympic High School Booster Club.
Pineville Elementary School; Samaritans Purse – Operation Christmas Child; SmittCQ House; Socrates Academy Foundation; Steele Creek Athletic Association; Summit House of Charlotte, and Teach Boys and Girls Success;
The Down Syndrome Association of Charlotte; Thompson Child & Family Focus; Time Out Youth; Tomorrow’s Road; Turning Point Inc.; United Family Services; Urban Restoration; Western Carolina Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association and Wings of Eagles Ranch.