Community Involvement

I-77 Drive for Community Initiative

In November 2018, I-77 Mobility Partners announced a new initiative, I-77 Drive for Community, to award financial contributions to local nonprofits along the I-77 Express corridor. The program’s main goal was to not only provide financial support but also highlight the work and missions of the respective organizations.

The 2018 participants were selected based upon their ability to provide aid to disadvantaged groups, their support of equal opportunity programs and their ability to provide infrastructure within the communities they serve. From a geographic standpoint, the organizations had to serve communities adjacent to I-77 Express between Mooresville and Charlotte.

During the course of a little more than a week, community members casted their online votes for the organization they felt was most deserving of the initiative’s $10,000 top prize.  However, the remaining four participating organizations were guaranteed $2,500 just for participating, so every organization came out a winner.

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, located in Cornelius, won the inaugural I-77 Drive for Community with 40 percent of the votes.  Our Towns, and the other participating organizations, are listed below.

   

Canned Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

During the first two weeks of November 2018, staff members gave generously to help deliver a total of 153 pounds of non-perishable food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.  Second Harvest helps individuals and families in need within the Charlotte region.

Meals on Wheels

For two Fridays in November 2018, I-77 Mobility Partners staff members volunteered their mornings helping the local division of Meals on Wheels deliver meals to elderly and homebound residents. While meal delivery was the primary focus, the interactions between staff members and the residents became the highlight of each Friday – sharing the warmth of humanity in every delivery location.

United Way of Central Carolinas Mooresville-Lake Norman Days of Caring

Members of I-77 Mobility Partners’ staff joined other volunteers to make a positive impact on our community during the Seventh Annual United Way of Central Carolinas Mooresville-Lake Norman Days of Caring.  As a part of the activities, staff members volunteered at Mooresville Soup Kitchen and Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission. Their service at Mooresville Soup Kitchen included exterior and interior work – from weeding the on-site garden and planting lettuce that will eventually be used in meals to helping package meals for the kitchen’s meal delivery program.  Volunteers at Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission used their time to help stock and organize the food pantry, as well as assist pantry visitors in making their selections to take home.

Helping Break Barriers with Project Scientist

On July 26, 2018, I-77 Mobility Partners Design & Construction Engineer Michelle Pozos spoke with a group of bright and energetic girls, ranging in age from four to 12 years old, about the life experiences that led to her career path and her love for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).  The girls were a part of Project Scientist’s Charlotte-based Summer Academy – a program designed to engage and empower girls with a passion, talent and aptitude for STEM.

 

 

Engineering Takeover Day at Discovery Place

On June 4, 2018, I-77 Mobility Partners’ staff took their engineering skills to Charlotte’s best place to build and create—Discovery Place!  During an ‘Engineering Takeover Day,’ staff members helped Discovery Place patrons create, test and improve engineering projects, including making and testing paper airplanes, a trebuchet (catapult) target practice, building shelters, racing wind-up cars with various friction surfaces, and building bridges and structures with blocks, sticks and gum drops.

 

UNC Charlotte 2017 Fall Engineering Picnic

On September 29, 2017, I-77 Mobility Partners and Ferrovial Agroman participated in the UNC Charlotte 2017 Fall Engineering Picnic to discuss internship and career opportunities with students.

 

United Way of Central Carolinas Mooresville-Lake Norman Days of Caring

On September 15, 2017, I-77 Mobility Partners participated in the United Way Days of Caring in Lake Norman. The team volunteered at the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson to paint picnic tables and care for the grounds at the center.

 

National Night Out

On August 1, 2017, I-77 Mobility Partners and Sugar Creek Construction partnered with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership for National Night Out that included the Brightwalk, Double Oaks, Genesis Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

Supporting Local Educators through Discovery Place Education Studio

On May 31, 2017, I-77 Mobility Partners announced it is donating $50,000 to support Discovery Place Education Studio, which provides ongoing professional development for pre K-12 educators in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

 

Tech Field Day at Torrence Creek Elementary School

On April 5, 2017, I-77 Mobility Partners participated in Tech Field Day at Torrence Creek Elementary in Huntersville. Matt Miller, a design and construction engineer, talked with students about all types of careers in engineering. Students were  given a team exercise to bring a drawing of a building to life with Legos.

Greenville Neighborhood Community Youth Organization

I-77 Mobility Partners presented the Greenville Neighborhood Community Youth Organization a check for $1,000 to assist with the youth marching corp and learning center in March 2017.

Canned Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

I-77 Mobility Partners collected 258 pounds of food and items for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in February 2017.