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Ada in Action: Alanulfo’s Story

Posted on: March 6, 2016

Here at the Ada Jenkin’s Center we love hearing back from those who we have helped. Our reach goes beyond the center itself, and stories like this would not be possible without your help! “I thank God for sending me to the Ada Jenkins Center, and for all the support and encouragement that they have…

Ada in Action: Jacob’s Story

Posted on: February 23, 2016

This week kicks off the first round of “Ada in Action”, our latest series of blog posts in which we will be sharing stories of how the Ada Jenkins Center helps the people of our local community. Stories like this are what keep us motivated to work hard and help those in need.  “Jacob is a…

Putting Food Back on the Table: Ada Jenkins’ Holistic Approach to Solving Food Insecurity

Posted on: February 8, 2016

Scarcity. It is the fundamental economic problem of having unlimited wants and needs in a world of limited resources. For many of our neighbors in North Mecklenburg County, scarcity presents itself through food insecurity. Families struggling to make ends meet have incredible difficulty finding quality and affordable food on a limited budget, if they have…

Poverty Snapshot in Mecklenburg County

Posted on: February 4, 2016

“The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute is working with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force to help shed light on questions surrounding poverty and economic mobility in our community.” Take a look at their powerpoint presentation below: http://ui.uncc.edu/sites/default/files/files/Poverty%20Snapshot.pdf

LEARN Works Soccer Clinic

Posted on: October 12, 2015

Sports in school are expensive; many families lack the time and other resources to give their children that extracurricular opportunity. One of our goals with our LEARN Works program is to provide our students with club opportunities. Clubs range from learning about cars, to music lessons, to organic gardening and zumba classes. Last week, Community…

The Economic Impact of Nonprofits in North Carolina

Posted on: July 15, 2015

It’s been a busy summer in Raleigh, and some key policy decisions could negatively affect nonprofit organizations across the state. Have you ever wondered how nonprofits contribute to the overall economy of a town, a region, or a state? The North Carolina Center of Nonprofits has recently published a report on the subject, which you…

Volunteer Testimonies

Posted on: June 12, 2015

At Ada Jenkins, we believe that any approach to breaking the cycles of poverty needs to be a multi-generational approach. One of our volunteers recently shared this story: A student in our tutoring program recently showed some deterioration in behavior. He shared with his classroom coordinator that his father had become ill and was not…

Credit Card Debt: History, Management, and Resources

Posted on: April 13, 2015

Unforeseen circumstances can place anyone into crisis, no matter what walk of life they come from. Lack of savings, a job loss, emergency medical bills and credit card debt are common problems that our client-partners face. Many client-partners are low-income and with fewer resources on hand to pay financial obligations, they often walk through our…

A Day in the Life at the Ada Jenkins Center

Posted on: March 11, 2015

Check out the PDF below to see what goes on during a typical day at the Ada Jenkins Center! Data for this infographic was collected on April 21st, 2015. A Day in the Life at Ada Jenkins

Chronic Absenteeism

Posted on: February 27, 2015

This winter, we’ve gotten more snow days than usual here in Davidson! Sometimes we can’t help that we miss school; sometimes, we can. Check out this article from Attendance Works about the problems with chronic absenteeism in schools today.   Early-Ed-Research-3-8-FORMATTED