The I-77 Drive for Community “Applause for a Cause” is an annual competition for four local nonprofit organizations to have the chance to win between $3,000 and a grand prize of $10,000. On November 4, 2022, each nonprofit was paired with a band at a public concert. The band that received the loudest applause from audience members secured the top prize for its nonprofit partner. At the end of the night, FeedNC was declared the winner.

The four nonprofit organizations that participated in this year’s program were selected using the following criteria: provides aid to disadvantaged groups, aids equal opportunity programs and provides infrastructure for the community.

Scroll down to learn about the 2022 I-77 Drive for Community “Applause for a Cause” participants.

Children's Home Society of North Carolina

Children's Home Society of North Carolina is a compassionate advocate for families. It specializes in education and prevention programs, family preservation, and adoption and foster care. Everything it does is built on the foundational belief that strong families have the power to transform communities.

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Arts Plus is creating a brighter future through outstanding arts training. Its goal is to make arts education available to students of all ages, skill levels and socioeconomic backgrounds. From private lessons to summer camps to community outreach programs, it strives to help each student unlock their full potential through the power of arts education.

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Alliance Center for Education

The Alliance Center for Education works with children and families to break the cycle of poverty by providing a continuum of high quality educational and support services. Founded by United Methodist Women in 1940, AC4Ed has improved economic mobility for thousands of children through early childhood development and K-12 year-round programming.

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Providing hot meals to the hungry is only part of FeedNC's mission. By creating connections to food, education, and resources as a catalyst for change, FeedNC has served thousands of families across four counties by way of innovative programs, including culinary job training, community connections, community cooking demos, food movers, grassroots grocery, daily fare, mobile pantries, food rescuers and catering.

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For information about other ways I-77 Express is involved within the community, click HERE.