Communities in Schools - Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Volunteer | Donate | Success Stories | Schools                            NOVEMBER 2014
"Light up the Season" and Spark a Student's Future!

During this season of giving - perhaps in lieu of the office party or the holiday exchange between friends - please consider making a donation to CIS between now and December 31.
Your gift could be the "spark" that will ignite a future of possibilities for our students - a spark that will continue to shine bright long after the holiday season! 
If you'd like to make your donation in honor or in memory of friends, family or co-workers, we will send our "Light up the Season" holiday card notifying them of your gift.

Please make your donation and/or order holiday cards by December 15 to ensure holiday delivery!

How will YOU Give this Year?  Giving Tuesday ~ Dec. 2, 2014

Communities In Schools is excited to partner with Share Charlotte and 62 other local nonprofits this year to encourage community support of #GivingTuesdayCLT, which falls on December 2nd this year. This is a local and national effort between now and Tuesday, Dec. 2 to take a step back from the holiday bustle and GIVE to your neighbors in need. Gifts of any size, including "time & talent," are needed and appreciated! Making your donation or commitment to volunteer from now through Dec. 2 will "count" as part of #GivingTuesdayCLT!  Please "give local" on Dec. 2! (or before!)

1st Quarter Celebration at Billingsville Academy!

Billingsville Leadership Academy just celebrated 1st Quarter Attendance and Honor Roll and we wanted to share this photo of a few of our CIS scholars who were honored that day. These seven had Perfect Attendance and/or were on the A/B Honor Roll during the first quarter! They look so proud - and WE are proud of YOU! Keep up the good work! 

Building a Bond - 28 Years and Counting
CIS Volunteer Smitty Flynn and former student Daryl McCain

Perhaps math tutoring isn't exactly Smitty Flynn's strong suit, but that didn't stop him from finding a way to connect with former CIS student Daryl McCain, way back in 1986 at J.T. Williams Junior High. The school is now closed, but in 1986 it was where CIS began its first year of operation in Charlotte, with 80 students. One of those students was Daryl McCain, then a 7th grader, who was matched by CIS to Smitty to get help with math. Read More 

YOU Have the POWER 2 Give!   

Check out our current power2give project, "Another Chance to Dance!" This is a wonderful collaboration with the Latin American Women's Association (LAWA) and a FUN way for students to learn about other cultures and customs. The group dance lessons and performances help build self-confidence and understanding among students from all backgrounds. Thanks for giving our students
Another Chance to Dance!

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Marian Yates named "Woman of Achievement" by YWCA

Communities In Schools is proud of our VP of Programming and Operations, Marian Yates, who was recently named a 2014 "Women of Achievement" Award winner by the YWCA of the Central Carolinas. Ms. Yates was one of three Charlotte women recognized, based on their leadership in Charlotte to promote social justice. Ms. Yates received the "Pioneer Award," given to one who has exemplified a lifetime commitment to promoting social justice. Read More

Charlotte Auto Show benefits CIS
November 20-23, 2014 ~ Charlotte Convention Center

The latest - the hottest - the BEST in automobiles! - see them all on display at the annual Charlotte International Auto Show coming November 20-23 to the Charlotte Convention Center! And what's really cool is that CIS is one of a few local charities that benefits from ticket sales!   Advance tickets purchased online are just $8 - and kids 12 and under are free. (Tickets are $10 at the door). So head on down to the Auto Show and know you're helping others in need, too!

Thanks for supporting Lowcountry on the Green!

Thanks so much to all who supported our Lowcountry on the Green event on September 27! We hope you had a fabulous time - we sure did! It's a great way to kick off the school year, knowing there are so many who care about CIS, our schools and our students. Here's a link to a slideshow of the evening - Enjoy!  

Slideshow - Lowcountry on the Green 2014

Flourish Charlotte "City Series" with Molly Shaw 

CIS-Charlotte Executive Director Molly Shaw was the first guest speaker at the Flourish Charlotte City Series which debuted on October 15.  The luncheon series, organized by Church at Charlotte, is open to anyone in the community and brings in speakers to share current information on a range of topics that contribute to the fabric of life in Charlotte The monthly event is held the third Wednesday of the month from 11:30- 1:00.
Click this link to hear the 30-minute audio interview with Molly from October15.

Mark Your Calendar!


November 20-23
Charlotte International Auto Show

December 2

December 10
CIS Volunteer Orientation, 6 pm, Children & Family Services Center-Room 376

December 15
Deadline to order our Holiday Cards (to ensure holiday delivery)

December 31
Donations must be postmarked Dec. 31 (or made online) to be eligible for the 2014 tax year.

January 1

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