CATS focuses on rapid transit toward airport, lake
CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Area Transit System is presenting rapid transit options for the north and west corridors at several public meetings in July and August, as well as details for how transit will integrate through Center City.
The public will be asked to review, evaluate and give input on rapid transit options to the west, serving communities near the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and into Gaston County, and toward Mooresville, as well as a rail integration strategy for the Center City area.
Meetings begin on July 17 in the West Corridor and on July 19 in the North Corridor. Details of all meeting locations can be found a www.ridetransit.org. Meetings will be streamed on CATS Facebook Live.
SummerSHARE campaign benefits 200+ nonprofits
CHARLOTTE – SHARE Charlotte’s fourth annual SummerSHARE campaign kicked off July 16, allowing the community to buy items from the wish lists of hundreds of charities serving Mecklenburg County.
Obtaining funding for day-to-day operational needs, such as office supplies, can be a challenge for nonprofits, while others are in need of items to support their programs, like bed sheets for shelters or swimsuits for campers.
“This is such a fun and easy way to support local nonprofits this summer,” said Amy Jacobs, executive director of SHARE Charlotte. “In just a few clicks you can really make an impact on a local cause, while not even having to leave your office or home. And by purchasing something off a nonprofit’s wish list, you know your gifts are important and exactly where your money is going.”
Some of the featured items needed this summer include:
• Diapers, snacks and summer clothes for Thompson’s foster care essentials kits
• New pots and pans so that House of Mercy can provide even more meals for those in need
• Postage stamps for Changed Choices so their incarcerated clients can receive mail
The campaign runs through July 22 at www.summershare.org.
Lyft is offering the first 200 shoppers $5 off of three Lyft rides with the purchase of any item from a local nonprofit’s Give Shop Wish List.
Resident wins medal in Special Olympics
CHARLOTTE – Nikki Stapleton, 28, won a bronze medal in tennis at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle.
Stapleton, who has an intellectual disability, attends the UMAR Charlotte Arts Center. She has lived in a UMAR group home the past four years, with a goal of living on her own.
“She’s independent,” said Keron Poteat, her coach at the Special Olympics. “I can say, ‘Follow Nikki, Nikki knows the way.’ She’s led me a few times.”
The nonprofit offers residential, vocational services and cultural enrichment opportunities for 400 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“The ability for our residents to participate in events such as the Special Olympics fulfills a fundamental purpose, to create a safe, encouraging, and nurturing environment where individuals can find community inclusion and independence,” said Marilyn Garner, president of UMAR Services. “This fosters the ability of all our residents and participants to live, work, and thrive.”
Laps for Love benefits Charlotte Rescue Mission
CHARLOTTE – A group of seven teenagers have organized the fourth annual Laps for Love.
Founded in 2015 by Grace Daniels and four of her school girlfriends, Laps for Love aims to end Charlotte homelessness before the girls graduate from high school. Since its inception, they’ve raised more than $110,000 and donated to the community through its partnership with the Charlotte Rescue Mission.
Laps for Love consists of a relay race that is held between different teams. Each leg of the race is 25 meters.
Last year’s event included more than 240 swimmers and 800 attendees, raising over $75,000. The team aims for 300 swimmers and 900 attendees.
The event will be held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Mecklenburg Charlotte Aquatics Center, 800 E M.L.K. Jr Blvd. Register at http://charlotterescuemission.org/stay-informed/upcoming-events/lapsforlove/.
TSA Administrator tours CATS
CHARLOTTE – David Pekoske, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, visited Charlotte on July 11 to learn more about the Charlotte Area Transit System and the challenges and successes of security within the organization.
CATS has conducted many emergency preparedness drills in preparation for large-scale events, like the 2012 Democratic National Convention and 2019 NBA All-Star Game.
“With its rapidly growing transportation system and efficient airport operations, Charlotte provides a model for the rest of the country,” Pekoske said. “TSA appreciates its partnership with the city of Charlotte in ensuring the security of its travelers.”
Pekoske toured CATS vehicle maintenance facility on South Boulevard with CEO John Lewis and had discussions around CATS growth, light rail maintenance and rail operations control.
CPCC hosts info session for Art Institute students
CHARLOTTE – Central Piedmont Community College is extending a helping hand to displaced Art Institute of Charlotte students.
The college will host a general information session at 10 a.m. Aug. 1 at CPCC Central Campus (Zeiss Building, Room 1106) 1231 Elizabeth Ave.
Students can meet CPCC counselors and learn about its programs. They will discover how CPCC will equip them with the skills needed to find professional success in a fast, affordable and accessible manner.
Contact CPCC Outreach & Recruitment at 704-330-6637 or email@example.com to learn more.