Caterpillar Ministries, located in Huntersville, is the 2019 I-77 Drive for Community winner! It will receive the $10,000 top prize.

While only one organization can win the 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) will each receive $2,500.

The I-77 Drive for Community’s focus is to recognize the work nonprofits are doing for their community along the I-77 Express corridor. The five nonprofit organizations participating in this year’s program were selected using the following criterion: provides aid to disadvantaged groups, aids equal opportunity programs and provides infrastructure for the community. For more information about the I-77 Drive for Community, click HERE.

You can learn more about the participating organizations below.

Caterpillar Ministries

Caterpillar Ministries is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian organization in its twelfth year of service to the Huntington Green community in Huntersville, NC. Through educational, spiritual and mentoring programs, more than 400 children in the community enter school prepared for success; helping to decrease the readiness gap, improve grade retention and reduce dropout rates as their education progresses. Our 'little caterpillars' attend five-day preschool programs through local partnerships and are receiving solid foundations! Teens and adults also benefit from camps, training opportunities and partnerships we have built throughout the Huntersville community.

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Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center

The Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center is the only 5-Star, full-time sliding scale early child development and care center in the Lake Norman area that serves children from ages 6 weeks to pre-K. In carrying out our commitment to serving any family of our community without regard for race, ethnicity, religion, or income level, our goal is to provide tuition assistance to about half of our families each year. Assistance ranges from 50% and up to 95% of total tuition, based on an assessment of the family’s ability to pay using the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Our program aims to give these families accessibility to affordable high-quality early child education and care. We provide an important service to the community by addressing economic mobility from a two generational approach that ensures adults and children receive the support they need to break the cycle of poverty.

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Davidson Housing Coalition

Davidson Housing Coalition believes that Davidson’s traditional mix of people in all income levels is fundamental to our community and distinguishes us as a town. The mission of Davidson Housing Coalition is to work with the larger community to preserve and create affordable housing options and to prepare families and individuals for financial stability and homeownership.

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Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission

The Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission helps feed hungry children and provide their parents with the skills, tools and resources they need to ensure their children won’t be hungry again! Through a food pantry and educational programming, our organization offers hope and empowerment to those fighting poverty because giving a hand-out solves immediate needs, but what about tomorrow? With community support, we teach families how to survive, thrive and become self-sufficient.

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North End Community Coalition

The North End Community Coalition is comprised of eight neighborhoods north of uptown Charlotte - Brightwalk at Historic Double Oaks, Druid Hills, Graham Heights, Lockwood, J.T. Williams, Genesis Park, Greenville and The Park at Oaklawn. Our mission is to 'Protect, Preserve and Persevere' in our efforts to maintain the fabric of each community, which is the people. We endeavor to fulfill this mission by advancing community engagement through the creation of a community hub. The North End Community Coalition facilitates strategies to address social and economic inequality through programs that advance knowledge and access to technology solutions for data, talent identification, financial literacy, computer education, creativity, and business development.

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