Every year the Carolina BrewMasters homebrew club presents the Charlotte Oktoberfest. The non-profit club donates at least $75,000 to local charities. This year the deserving local charities are the Ada Jenkins Center, Beds for Kids, the Great Charlotte SPCA, and Operation Homefront.
The Ada Jenkins Center strives to improve the quality of life for the residents in our communities through the integrated delivery of health, education, and human services. They offer crisis assistance through a collaborative, integrated center that ensures the availability of temporary, emergency, and transition support services that allow community members to survive during times of crisis. Education, health, and economic independence programs that enable community members to obtain healthier lifestyles and the skills to attain greater self-sufficiency. Referral to a network of collaborative partners outside of The Center for crisis assistance and /or developmental support beyond the scope of The Center.
Beds for Kids mission is to provide a bed and other essential furniture to every child and family in need in Charlotte. In 2010, a church small group delivered a few furniture pieces to a family who had recently moved out of a shelter in Charlotte and into a home. Realizing that this family was one of thousands who were moving into housing and were in need of beds and other essential furniture one of the small group members, Tim Rowley, decided to do something. 2014 began with Beds for Kids having delivered over 9,000 units of furniture and 1,600 beds to children and families. Having added an additional truck Beds for Kids will serve even more families each month working to fulfill its mission.
The Greater Charlotte SPCA serves the animals and people of Charlotte, NC and the surrounding counties. They are an autonomous organization not affiliated with or supported by any other SPCAs including the ASPCA. The Greater Charlotte SPCA is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit. All donations are deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The Greater Charlotte SPCA does not own or operate a shelter facility. Volunteers foster all animals in their homes until adopted.
Operation Homefront leads more than 2,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has provided assistance to thousands of military families since its inception in 2002. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity watchdog groups, nationally, 93 percent of total donations to Operation Homefront go directly to programs that provide support to our military families.
If you want to help these charities there are two ways you can! You can buy a ticket to this years Charlotte Oktoberfest, or you can donate directly to the charities through this link.
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