This week, The Leon Levine Foundation announced that it was awarding The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte a grant in the amount of $150,000 to address critical needs in the community. The specifics for the funding are $100,000 for the housing programs of The Salvation Army and the Center of Hope; and $50,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte.
Tom Lawrence, executive director of The Leon Levine Foundation, remarked: “Over the years, we’ve cultivated a strong partnership with The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. The organization serves as a vital resource for individuals in crisis and supports some of the most vulnerable homeless populations in our city.”
He continued, “The Salvation Army’s commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty is clearly reflected in its Boys & Girls Clubs programming, too. We’re proud to support the work the agency has done to create a safe environment for Charlotte’s youth and engage children in positive mentoring relationships.”
“The Leon Levine Foundation continues to be a positive force for change in our community,” said Major Larry Broome, Area Commander of The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. “Due to recent changes in allocations from the United Way and federal housing dollars from FEMA, it is more important than ever to have the support of community advocates like The Leon Levine Foundation. With its ongoing partnership, many families in our community will receive the support they need to get on their feet and have a positive future.”
The Leon Levine Foundation grant comes at a critical time. In addition to changes in other funding sources, the summer months find us increasing our services as more homeless families seek shelter. And, our Boys & Girls Clubs are packed Monday through Friday providing summer day camp programming to at-risk youth in our community.
Started by Leon Levine – the founder of the first Family Dollar Store in Charlotte, N.C. – in 1980, The Leon Levine Foundation’s mission is to improve the human condition by creating permanent, measurable, and life-changing impact throughout the Carolinas. The organization invests in nonprofits with strong leadership, a successful track record, and a focus on sustainability in the areas of healthcare, education, Jewish values, and human services. For more information, please visit www.leonlevinefoundation.org.