COVID-19 Community Involvement

Ferrovial Gives $54,000 to Loaves & Fishes

June 2020 – Ferrovial, an I-77 Express investor, contributed $54,000 to Loaves & Fishes in Charlotte to help them combat the growing food insecurity in Mecklenburg County. With job loss numbers rising due to COVID-19, Loaves & Fishes is using the donation to support individuals and families needing assistance with groceries and other wellness necessities.

I-77 Express Gives $10,000 to Crisis Assistance Ministry

June 2020 – I-77 Express partnered with Crisis Assistance Ministry through a $10,000 donation to support their economic stability services. Crisis Assistance Ministry specializes in providing utility and rent payments for families in economic crisis.

Ferrovial Gives $67,500 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

May 2020 – Recognizing the immense need to combat food insecurity within the Charlotte region during the COVID-19 crisis, Ferrovial, an I-77 Express investor, gave $67,500 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte. Second Harvest is directly addressing the increased need for groceries from community members who have been economically hit hard as the result of COVID-19.

I-77 Express Gives $5,000 to FeedNC

May 2020 – COVID-19’s economic impact has strained the capacities of nonprofit agencies throughout the I-77 Express corridor. I-77 Express responded to this need by extending a hand to FeedNC in Mooresville, NC, with a $5,000 contribution.

2021 Community Involvement

I-77 Express Donates Computers to E2D

May 2021 – I-77 Express donated computers to E2D – a nonprofit whose mission is to provide digital technology for students within Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who do not have easy access or means to acquire the technology.

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I-77 Express Gives $12,500 to North Mecklenburg High School STEM Program

February 2021 – I-77 Express gave $12,500 to North Mecklenburg High School to enhance STEM education and programming for between 400 to 500 students in the school’s Career & Technical Education division.

I-77 Express Donates Remote Learning Technology to Walter G. Byers School

February 2021 – I-77 Express donated 11 Swivl CX5 robots to the school in an effort to address the challenges of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The robots connect to instructors’ mobile devices within a stationary location in their respective classrooms, and they rotate to automatically follow the instructors while recording or streaming their lessons. Stands for the robots were also donated. 

2020 Community Involvement

Holiday Meal Boxes for Angels & Sparrows

December 10, 2020 – I-77 Express delivered 25 holiday meal boxes to Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen filled with hams, items for great sides/desserts and grocery store gift cards to help create full holiday tables this season. COVID-19-related restrictions prevented Angels & Sparrows from having their usual community Christmas dinner, so they provided patrons with the meal boxes to make their holiday dinners at home.

Thanksgiving Donation to FeedNC

November 13, 2020 – I-77 Express donated 552 lbs. of food (turkey, ham, corn, green beans and more) to FeedNC to help families create a holiday meals at home. FeedNC was unable to host their usual community holiday meal, so they took great effort to ensure every family, that would normally spend Thanksgiving with them, could make a great meal at home.

I-77 Drive for Community

September 2020 – The I-77 Drive for Community is an annual competition for five nonprofit organizations, located along the I-77 Express corridor, to have the chance to win either a general $2,500 participation prize or the grand prize of $10,000. The 2020 grand prize winner was Carolina Raptor Center.

Keeping Education Moving with ClassVROOM Central

February 19, 2020 – I-77 Express staff members gave a helping hand to Classroom Central and the staff of Oakdale Elementary School. Teachers got to choose resources for their classrooms from the mobile store (ClassVROOM Central), and our staff assisted them in collection.

2019 Community Involvement

I-77 Drive for Community

December 2019 – Caterpillar Ministries, located in Huntersville, was the 2019 I-77 Drive for Community winner and received the $10,000 top prize. The remaining four participating nonprofits (Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center, Davidson Housing Coalition, Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission and North End Community Coalition) each received $2,500.

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Lending a Helping Hand to Friendship Trays

November 7, 2019 – I-77 Express staff had a fulfilling morning with Friendship Trays preparing meals for community neighbors. From washing dishes to packaging meals, it was a rewarding experience for everyone.

All In for Kids of CMS

August 16, 2019 – I-77 Express staff were ‘All In for Kids’ as they helped University Park Creative Arts Elementary faculty members prepare for the new school year during Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ (CMS) district-wide volunteer day. Tasks included moving books, making copies and creating bulletin boards.

Supplying the Tools for Education

August 14, 2019 – In partnership with Sugar Creek Construction, I-77 Express staff donated school supplies to 9 School Tools and Classroom Central’s school supply drive at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Classroom Central is a local nonprofit specializing in providing school resources to students and teachers.

Parks and Recreation Beautification

June 20, 2019 – Six dump truck loads of mulch were hauled and spread throughout Coulwood Park by members of I-77 Express. The volunteer effort was a great collaboration with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department to beautify one of our local recreation venues.

United Way of Central Carolinas' MLK Call to Service

January 19, 2019 – I-77 Express staff and their family members got crafty during the United Way of Central Carolinas’ MLK Call to Service at Blythe Elementary School in Huntersville, NC. Volunteers created greeting cards, blankets and pictures for residents of local nursing homes and care facilities.

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