For Immediate Release – press event details are below.
The Charlotte Area Fund Named IKEA US Community Foundation $1.1 Million Grant Recipient
Charlotte, NC. — In an unprecedented corporate social responsibility effort, IKEA US Community Foundation is providing states with a donation equal to the amount given to previously furloughed IKEA Retail U.S. employees in the form of unemployment benefits. At the recommendation of the Office of Governor Roy Cooper, the Charlotte Area Fund, Mecklenburg County’s Community Action Agency, will receive a $1.1 million unrestricted grant from IKEA US Community Foundation to help North Carolinians who are facing economic difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 has hurt many North Carolinians who are now struggling to pay bills and make ends meet, and this grant will help people in the Charlotte area. I appreciate IKEA’s efforts to help workers and families during this difficult time,” said Governor Cooper.
“We are appreciative of the ongoing support from the state of North Carolina, including the unemployment funds paid to our co-workers who were furloughed in the early weeks of the pandemic,” said Javier Quiñones, IKEA Retail U.S. president. “People are the heart of our business, and the state unemployment benefits helped IKEA US co-workers during a difficult time. We now have a better understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on our business, and we’ve decided to “pay it forward” to support the ongoing relief efforts in our local communities.”
“I want to thank IKEA for this generous donation to our community and for the foresight in knowing where those funds would make the most significant impact,” said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. The Charlotte Area Fund is the perfect organization to use this funding to provide immediate post-pandemic relief for families in need, as well as long-term job training and workforce development programs that will benefit the people of Charlotte.”
“These difficult times call for leadership from every corner of our community. Many of our Charlotte and Mecklenburg County neighbors who live paycheck to paycheck no longer have a source of income; they depend on organizations like the Charlotte Area Fund for help. I am thankful for corporate citizens like IKEA that are stepping up to invest in the futures of our families,” said Congresswoman Alma Adams.
“The Charlotte Area Fund is humbled and honored to receive Governor Roy Cooper’s recognition and the unprecedented financial support from the IKEA US Community Foundation. CAF has provided vital services to the most economically vulnerable for over 50 years. These resources will advance the agency’s anti-poverty mission and ability to leverage resources to serve more people economically impacted in Mecklenburg County. This is a wise investment best practice that other companies should emulate to sustain and repair the fragile social safety network poor families and marginalized communities rely on for economic survival exposed by the COVID19 pandemic,” said Nicholas Wharton, president & CEO and chair, NC Council of Executive Directors (CSBG). Community Action Agencies in North Carolina and around the nation are at the frontline resourcefully serving low income families surviving on the margins.”
About the Charlotte Area Fund
Charlotte Area Fund Incorporated is a (501c3) independent agency designated in1963 as Mecklenburg County’s Community Action Agency (CAA) primarily funded through the federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) to reduce barriers to poverty and assist citizens to become economically self-sufficient through programs, services, and advocacy. Community Action originated with President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s War on Poverty executive order and Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 establishing Community Action Programs. Today, over 1000 community action agencies, 34 in North Carolina, provide anti-poverty services and advocacy in 99% of American counties.
Join the Charlotte Area Fund and key stakeholders for a Virtual Media Event on Wednesday Oct 7, 9AM to mark this unprecedented investment in Mecklenburg County’s Community Action Agency.
Maya C. Norvel