Shaping Opportunity: Conversations with the Leading on Opportunity Council

— Laura Yates Clark, Leading on Opportunity Council Member and United Way of Central Carolinas President & CEO, shares how her organization is eliminating barriers by funding COVID-19 relief efforts. Watch the video.

By Loán C. Lake, Communications Director | July 14, 2020

Shaping Opportunity: Conversations with the Leading on Opportunity Council is a new video series to introduce you to members of our Council. We will highlight the work they are doing in the community to address the disparate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the systemic barriers to economic mobility, as it relates to cross-cutting factors of The Impact of Segregation and Social Capital, outlined in the Leading on Opportunity Task Force Report.

When the COVID-19 Pandemic hit Charlotte-Mecklenburg in March 2020, United Way of Central Carolinas and The Foundation For the Carolinas joined forces to launch a fundraising effort in partnership with Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, corporations, houses of faith and others to support organizations that are serving the residents impacted by the crisis, especially our most vulnerable populations. To date, donations to the COVID-19 Response Fund have surpassed $19 million with grants being awarded to over 200 nonprofit organizations that provide food, shelter, and medical assistance in five counties across the region.

Leading on Opportunity Council Member and United Way of Central Carolinas President & CEO Laura Yates Clark sits down with fellow Council Member Federico Rios to discuss why this effort is important and what it means for economic mobility in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

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