Category: Epic Outreach

Men’s Shelter of Charlotte

Apr 1, 2019

The sun was out, our workload was light, and it was a FRIDAY! To top it all off we had the distinct honor of serving over 100 men a hearty meal. It doesn’t get much better than that.

That was our experience this past Friday when several of us from Epic Capital served lunch at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte off of N. Tryon Street. It was good to be back having served there before, because each time we go we see a host of new faces, meet new volunteers and staff and always make a few new friends. We also leave with the clear understanding that the men we serve matter. They deserve the attention, the time, and the kinship that our engagement with them provides.

It is also obvious that they are grateful for our being there. If they don’t provide an all-out verbal “Thank you.”, you can see the gratitude in their eyes or in a subtle smile and a nod. We can’t even begin to imagine a day in the life of one of these men – the trials and tribulations of being homeless, but for a brief moment that split-second interaction is a meaningful connection. For them, and for us.

If you’ve never served there before, we would truly encourage you to do so. Yes it’s humbling, it’s a brief look into a world that so many of us pray never falls upon us. But your being there lets these men know that we care, that they truly are worth our time, and that they are worthy of so much more than where they are at that moment in time.

The Men’s Shelter of Charlotte operates two shelters, comprised of 405 beds. They provide the basic needs of shelter, meals, showers, laundry services, hygiene items, and access to a supportive staff. For more information or to schedule a volunteer effort visit their website at
https://www.mensshelterofcharlotte.org/



Common Wealth Charlotte

Dec 6, 2018

Common Wealth Charlotte is a local non-profit that provides financial literacy education and access to non-predatory financial services to Charlotte’s low-income families. Epic Capital has been a big fan and supporter of theirs over the past several years. Mid last year we partnered with them on a volunteer basis, serving monthly at their financial workshops.

Charlotte has approximately 150,000 residents working full time and making 30 to 35 percent of the area median income (AMI). As a partner to 36 local nonprofits and workforce development agencies, CWC’s goal is to assist in the achievement of financial independence through innovative financial education, asset-building strategies and access to non-predatory banking services and loans. CWC believes financial instability underpins every challenge faced by this population, including housing, transportation, education, employment security, debt management and access to healthcare. CWC’s mission to establish pathways to financial stability is integral to this population’s well-being, as well as to Charlotte’s community-wide initiative of increasing upward mobility for its underserved residents. To learn more about the incredible work they do or to help support their efforts, please visit www.commonwealthcharlotte.org.



CharMeck Adopt-a-Stream Clean

Oct 5, 2018

Another successful day supporting Char-Meck’s Adopt-a-Stream program with a volunteer effort across from the pond at Park Road Park in Charlotte. Advisors Ed Doughty and Jason Dimitriou spent the sunny morning picking up debris and waste (ok, garbage and litter) in and around our selected section LSTC1We’ve really come to realize the waste created from plastic, and in most all cases, one-use plastic. Cup’s, bottles, plastic grocery bags, straws, take-out containers, etc. Did you know it takes about 400 years for some plastics to decompose? And some never do. Everyone at Epic Capital uses glassware or reusable personal water bottles for drinking water, and we serve our clients Brita-filtered water – not disposable plastic water bottles. A volunteer experience like this is eye-opening and we encourage everyone to give-it-a-go. It’s a worthy cause and stimulates an awareness for the senseless waste we create in our lives. If you’d like to get involved or learn more, click here: Adopt-a-Stream

 



Dilworth Soup Kitchen

Aug 28, 2018

What a great honor to prep for and then serve the men, women and children that stopped in the Dilworth Soup Kitchen for Lunch on Monday. This is a special place, no doubt about it. With over 125 visitors in just over 1-hour, it was a heart-warming site to behold, and they truly made each of us feel like part of the DSK family. Everything here is donated, there is no government funding, and all of the kitchen support comes from volunteers. Most importantly, there is no cost for the guests, and everyone is welcome to come share a meal. We urge you to consider Dilworth Soup Kitchen in your philanthropic giving plans, and/or to serve along side and on behalf of an amazing group of individuals. For more information contact Mary Andujar at mandujar13@hotmail.com or visit their website at https://dilworthsoupkitchen.org

          

 

 



Rise Against Hunger

May 10, 2018

We have been wanting to serve with Rise Against Hunger, a meal-packing non-profit, for quite some time and Jason, Danielle and Ed were finally given the opportunity to do so this morning. As part of a  much larger team of volunteers, they were able to pack over 10,000 meals for those in need around the world. Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. An extraordinary organization doing incredible work with tangible outputs and measurable results. If you would like to learn more about RAH, and how you can volunteer or even organize a meal-packing effort, please visit their website at https://www.riseagainsthunger.org/

 

 



CharMeck Adopt-a-Stream Clean

Mar 23, 2018

We had beautiful weather for Epic Capital’s stream clean effort today. This is part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services Adopt A Stream program. Our section is across Park Road from the pond at Park Road Park. It was an extraordinary experience on many fronts. It’s amazing what disregard some have for our environment. Plastic bottles, and big gulp styrofoam cups everywhere. They simply don’t decompose. Glass bottles and cans too. We also came across someone’s personal belongings and a make-shift camp sight for someone who is obviously homeless. Other findings included Softballs (4), tennis balls (8-10), flip-flops (2), rubber gloves (3), tire (1), Street sign post (1), hypodermic needle (1), license plate (1), Nerf darts (5-6). Total collected: about 3 large garbage bags of discard or should we say “disregard”. It’s such a great program, and you can instantly see the results of your efforts. If you would like to learn more or get involved, check them out online: http://charlottenc.gov/StormW…/Volunteer/…/AdoptAStream.aspx

 



Promising Pages

Mar 19, 2018

What a great way to start the day and start off the week, serving alongside of co-workers and clients at an amazing little non-profit in Charlotte, called Promising Pages. Promising Pages inspires underserved children to achieve their dreams by instilling a love of reading. Fueled by studies showing that children who can’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. More than 60,000 underserved kids in the Charlotte area are at risk of falling behind.  Promising Pages provides innovative classroom programs and more than 100,000 free books annually, making it Charlotte’s largest and most efficient distributor of upcycled books aimed at addressing this critical – and solvable – community need. We counted, sorted, cleaned and stamped books, getting them prepped and ready. Next stop … a child’s hands. What a worthwhile endeavor. If you would like to learn more, or are interested in volunteering one day  as well, please check them out online at http://promisingpages.org They depend on volunteers, so “book” a date!



Wine to Water – Wondo Ganet, Ethiopia

Nov 2, 2017

Managing Director, Ed Doughty, just returned from a 12-day trip serving in several remote regions of Ethiopia with Wine To Water, a North Carolina based non-profit that aims to eradicate the global water crisis. While there, he and several other volunteers worked on three separate borehole wells with their local ground partner, Water is Life International and their incredibly hard working crew of locals. They utilized what is known as a percussion-well drilling technique, manually drilling down 21-meters to the aqua-fore and then assembling the actual well pump. Ed also learned about Sustainable Living Teams (SLTs) which are groups of 10-15 women who through financial awareness training are able to save weekly and then make small loans (with interest) to one another to enhance whatever livelihood they already have, or to help start a small business. These teams were extraordinary and their communities were really beginning to thrive. To learn more about this extraordinary organization that is very near and dear to us here at Epic Capital, or to help support their efforts, please visit them at http://winetowater.org



Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

Oct 10, 2017

Everyone at Epic Capital wanted to do something for the families suffering from the devastation that took place in Puerto Rico during the hurricanes. So we spent our morning sorting donated goods that will be shipped down and disseminated to those in need. It is extraordinary what the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina does, serving over 725 non-profits in the Carolinas, and doing the work that needs doing to support those in the time of crisis. Bravo Mark and team. Please consider making a donation, or reach out to them and serve as well!



Men’s Shelter of Charlotte

Feb 22, 2017

FullSizeRenderWe couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off our 2017 Epic Outreach effort than serving lunch to over 180 men at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. They operate Mecklenburg County’s only two year-round emergency shelters for men experiencing homelessness. Basic needs are met, including a bed, meals, restroom/shower facilities, laundry, and personal hygiene items. A host of on-site services is also available including a volunteer-run Housing and Employment Resource Center (HERC), substance abuse and mental health services, peer support, medical respite, and bi-monthly visits from volunteer dentists. A special thanks to “Champ” for his incredible instruction, guidance and big heart. To learn more, or to help support them financially or through volunteering, please visit their website: http://www.mensshelterofcharlotte.org



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