The mission of the Matthews Human Services Council is to enhance the quality of life for the people living in the Matthews area by collaborating and being the driving force with local agencies, organizations and institutions to help resolve community need.
What We Do: The American Legion, since its founding, has endeavored to assist veterans, their widows and children, and our fellow citizens. Matthews Post 235 was established in 1944 and currently has over 200 paid members who are proud to carry on the tradition of The American Legion in Matthews. We invite you to join the Legion Post 235 or the Auxiliary Unit 235 and help support America's Veterans, the youth in our community and our neighbors in Matthews.
What We Do: Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care provides day time programs and services to disable Veterans, Seniors and Special Needs Adults.
Volunteer Opportunities: We need volunteers to help with programs, activities and daily services.
Mission Statement: To provide quality structured programs and life sustaining services to disable adults daily.
How We Help the Community: We help the Greater Matthews Community by providing disable adults with programs and services that our government does not; thereby, empowering care givers to maintain a decent quality of life.
Our Website: www.blessedadultcare.org
What We Do: Bright Blessings is a volunteer-led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving the greater Charlotte community. The goal of Bright Blessings is to bring joy, recognition and support to homeless and impoverished children and families during difficult times in their lives. Every year, Bright Blessings makes a positive impact in the lives of thousands of needy youth and families across multiple counties around Charlotte.
The programs of Bright Blessings, Bless-a-Birthday, Bless-a-Baby, Gift of Literacy and Gift of Care impact over 8,000 children every year in partnership with local school systems and dozens of shelters, housing facilities and community support agencies across a four-county area.
These programs raise spirits and boost confidence for homeless and impoverished children ages tots to teens, and offer help and hope for babies beginning life amidst the struggles of homelessness. Each program incorporates education and enrichment, literacy support, as well as care and comfort supplies, all part of Bright Blessings' commitment to supporting the comprehensive needs of every child we serve.
Volunteer Opportunities: Thanks to the helping hands and hearts of every volunteer, Bright Blessings is able to reach thousands of homeless and impoverished children across our greater Charlotte community each year. As a completely volunteer led organization, donations of time and talent are often just as critical as those that are monetary. We offer a variety of projects for adults and children of all ages. Your efforts are sure to make a positive and lasting impact in the lives of needy children. You can find more information about specific ways you can help by visiting our website.
Mission Statement: To bring joy, care and hope to homeless and impoverished children by mobilizing community volunteers of all ages.
How We Help the Community: Every year Bright Blessings makes a positive impact in the lives of thousands of needy youth and families across our greater Charlotte community. As a volunteer-led organization, individuals and groups dedicate time and resources all year long to ensure that Bright Blessings’ services reach thousands of local homeless children.
Our Website: www.brightblessingsusa.org
What We Do: Our goal is to provide activities that emphasize three areas: citizenship, fellowship and service. We promote citizenship through bi-weekly speakers who bring news of our metropolitan area. We promote fellowship and networking through meeting and working together. We promote service through our projects with young people, older adults, the mentally handicapped, and others.
Volunteer Opportunities: At the present time we volunteer with Special Olympics bowling and other athletic competitions. We also have volunteer opportunities in fund-raising with our candy box project to raise money for the Civitan International Research Center at the University of Alabama - Birmingham. We also sponsor citizenship awards for seniors in CMS high schools each year.
Mission Statement: To build and promote good citizenship in this community by developing in the individual members of this club a lofty civic consciousness and civic pride; and an understanding of the value and power of united constructive effort in civic enterprise.
How We Help the Community: The Charlotte Civitan Club serves Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in general. Right now we are the only Civitan club in Mecklenburg, where in the past there have been several others.
Our Website: Civitan International is www.civitan.org
What We Do: COSKids is a nonprofit organization providing Christian Childcare, Preschool, After School, Summer Camp, and a Christian Library. Our ministry focus is meeting the needs of the single parents in our area.
Volunteer Opportunities: We welcome volunteers in the area of tutoring our Afterschool children, working to beautify our campus, providing meals for our Single Parent dinners, teaching a class for our single parents, etc.
Mission Statement: Our mission statement is:
“Christ Our Shepherd, following Christ’s example of love and compassion, strives to:
*Provide quality, developmental children’s programs and education for all children, regardless of family structure.
*Empower, minister to and advocate for the unique needs of the single parents, and
*Provide educational resources to the Community through the Matthews Christian Library.
How We Help the Community: We provide childcare and resources to the single parent. Also make Christian books, DVDs, and educational resources to the community.
Our Website: www.coskidsmatthews.org
What We Do: Christian Adoption Services is a non-profit agency that has been serving pregnant women, birth mothers, and adoptive families in North Carolina since 1979. We have assisted in the placement of over 2,000 children into loving, Christian families. We are your local, in-state, full service agency.
Volunteer Opportunities: We welcome volunteers to assist us in set up for our annual benefit banquet in the spring and our annual golf tournament in the fall. We also need periodic office volunteers to help with mailings and phones, and we also welcome volunteers to join our prayer network.
Mission Statement: To build God’s Kingdom by connecting vulnerable children with Christian families.
How We Help the Community: CAS serves our community by placing children born into a dark or dysfunctional situation with a loving family. We provide counseling to pregnant women at no charge, and minister extensively to birth moms that make an adoption plan with us.
Our Website: www.christianadopt.org
Our Website: www.cpcc.edu/campuses/levine
Our Website: www.fbcmatthews.org
What We Do: Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat for Humanity of Matthews received incorporation status as a nonprofit organization on July 10, 1989. Since that time, HFHM has completed the Matthews neighborhoods of Fullwood Trace, Rainbow Ridge, Sunrise Crossing, and homes along Tank Town Road, Crestdale Road, Linden Street, and in Stallings. HFHM has built over 100 homes and completed 200 special projects, including home repair, rehabilitation, and general deconstruction.
Volunteer Opportunities: Swinging a hammer as a construction volunteer, serving on a committee, or working in the ReStore. Volunteer opportunities can be researched, via the website: www.habitatmatthews.org/volunteer, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling: 704-847-4266, x-228.
Mission Statement: By the grace of God, HFHM improves lives by building communities and facilitating successful home-ownership with people in need of decent, affordable homes.
How We Help the Community: Bringing a wide diversity of people, church groups, and other organizations together to build houses and create viable communities in partnership with families in need.
Our Website: www.habitatmatthews.org
What We Do: We are an inclusive, versus exclusive, group of seniors who strive to make all seniors feel welcome.
Meetings: Happy Times Club meets each Thursday with most members arriving by 10:30am. Fellowship is most important to the group with lunch offered by Mellorina’s Catering service at Levine Senior Center.
How We Help the Community: By providing a welcoming atmosphere for seniors with snacks and drinks provided, recognizing individuals for their importance and providing excellent entertainment.
Contact Us: For additional information, phone 704-847-9912.
What We Do: Hospice of Union County provides care for people that have a life-limiting illness with a prognosis of six months or less if the disease runs its normal course.
Volunteer Opportunities: Available opportunities are available as patient care volunteers, administrative volunteers and community service volunteers.
Mission Statement: To ensure the provision of compassionate, comprehensive, interdisciplinary care that reduces suffering and enhances quality of life for patients and families experiencing advanced illness and end-of-life care.
How We Help the Community: Hospice helps the Matthews community and the greater Charlotte area by providing hospice services to patients and families in need in these geographic areas. We provide expert personalized, compassionate care to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people with life limiting illness.
Our Website: www.houc.org
What We Do: Our primary focus is service to children. From our sponsored clubs such as Aktion Club (providing adults living with disabilities opportunities to lead), Builders Club (provides middle school opportunities to develop leadership, improve self-esteem), and Key Club, (in our high schools which are the oldest and largest service leadership organization providing leadership training through service to others) to projects such as Terrific Kids (elementary school age recognition for exemplary traits in the classroom and School Clothes for Kids, our members are dedicated to serving the children, youth and families of the Matthews community. Our club participates in the decorating of the community Tiny Tim Christmas tree and in Art in the Park with a kids activity. We also provide three annual scholarships for college bound young adults.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are a very important part of the work we do on behalf of children. Christmas trees sales, golf tournament, Labor Day 5K race during Matthews Alive, pancake breakfast are the primary activities to raise funds. We also participate in community projects such as Habitat for Humanity, playground builds, park clean-ups where families may be able to participate. We’ll help you find your passion. We meet at Jonathan’s every Thursday from noon to 1:00 and invite you to check us out.
Mission Statement: Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.
How We Help the Community: The Kiwanis Club of Matthews has been serving our community since 1990. During that time, more than three-hundred local citizens and community leaders have joined forces to serve the children, youth, and families of the greater Matthews community.
Our Website: www.matthewskiwanis.org
What We Do: The Levine Senior Center opened in March 2006. The Center is open to all people 50 years and older residing in Matthews and the surrounding communities. The Levine Senior Center is a Certified Senior Center of Excellence. The Center is open Monday thru Friday and is available for tours throughout the week. The Levine Senior Center serves about 700 people per week through a variety of classes, land and water, educational programs, health and wellness seminars and workshops and social activities.
Volunteer Opportunities: The Levine Senior Center uses about 60 hours of volunteer time each day to run the Center. We also use volunteers for events and fundraisers throughout the year.
Mission Statement:The Levine Senior Center thrives on empowering seniors to celebrate living by developing new relationships through fellowship, enhancing their knowledge through stimulating activities and believing in the concepts of boundless aging. Our Motto, Live Now, Age Later… Celebrate Life reflects the commitment of the Center to enhance the quality of life for seniors.
How We Help the Community: The Levine Senior Center serves as a Resource Center that provides a wide range of services for seniors to age in place with dignity and independence.
Our Website: www.levineseniorcenter.org
What We Do: We offer free monthly meetings which feature a live demonstration or lecture. We also offer free monthly plein air painting groups, and weekly figure drawing sessions.
Volunteer Opportunities: We offer volunteer opportunities for art lovers and artists to help with in-take of paintings and setting up of shows.
Mission Statement: Matthews Artists Guild is organized for the promotion of visual arts dedicated to the arts experience and fostering emerging artists thriugh mentoring, exposur, networking, education, and interaction with fellow artists and the community. Our guild is open to the beginner as well as the established artist.
How We Help the Community: We help the community by keeping it abreast of what's happening by professionals in all artistic mediums.
Our Website: www.matthewsartistguild.blogspot.com
What We Do: The Matthews Chamber is a non-profit organization made up of businesses that market their businesses through networking and giving back to the community.
Volunteer Opportunities: Our organization is made up of volunteers who are Chamber members and members of the Matthews community.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to
a. Provide best-in-class professional opportunities that promote education, networking, business growth and development
b. Build collaborative relationships and community partnerships throughout the greater Matthews Region to create an optimal business climate.
c. Deliver on-going value to our members while maintaining our relationship oriented, small town character.
How We Help the Community: We serve as the information center for Matthews businesses as well as run the Matthews Visitors Center. We mail relocation packets to visitors interested in moving to the area. We have information on all of Mecklenburg County to give out to interested visitors and Chamber members. We also advertise what we do as far as meetings and events to the public.
Our Website: www.matthewschamber.org
What We Do: Matthews Free Medical Clinic provides free, quality healthcare to low income, uninsured people in Mecklenburg and Union counties.
Volunteer Opportunities: Medical and non-medical opportunities available
Mission Statement: Provide free, quality healthcare to low income, uninsured people in Mecklenburg & Union counties.
How We Help the Community: Medical and non-medical opportunities available plus Matthews Free Medical Clinic is a Certified Application Organization that can help people apply for insurance on the marketplace.
Our Website: www.matthewsfmc.org
What We Do: Provide crisis assistance services
Volunteer Opportunities: Food Pantry, Perishable Food Pick Up, Back 2 School program, BounceBack Backpack Program, Holiday Support, Van Driver, Office Support; Thrift Store: Cashier, Greeter, Handyman/Heavy Lifter, Merchandiser, Pricer, Sorter.
Mission Statement: Food Pantry, Perishable Food Pick Up, Back 2 School program, BounceBack Backpack Program, Holiday Support, Van Driver, Office Support; Thrift Store: Cashier, Greeter, Handyman/Heavy Lifter, Merchandiser, Pricer, Sorter.
How We Help the Community: Rendering financial assistance to prevent eviction and ultimately homelessness; payments for basic necessities such as electricity and other utilities are made on behalf of client. Food pantry gives one week’s worth of groceries to last for the number of people who reside in their home. Plus seasonal assistance with Back 2 School program, BounceBack Backpack Program, Thanksgiving Feast, and Holiday Support.
Our Website: www.matthewshelpcenter.org
What We Do: The Matthews Historical Foundation preserves Matthews history for future generations.
Volunteer Opportunities: The Reid House Gardeners are looking for volunteers to help maintain and enhance the gardens and landscaped areas. Volunteer opportunities include care of flower beds and shrubbery, pruning, planting, mulching and weeding. The Matthews Heritage Museum, housed in the Massey-Clark House, is looking for docents and volunteers to provide tours for visitors and groups.
Mission Statement: Since its inception in 1987, the Matthews Historical Foundation (MHF) has been a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of dedicated volunteers working to preserve Matthews history. The mission and goal of the foundation is community service through restoration and upkeep of The Reid House and the Massey-Clark House properties. The Foundation provides ongoing educational opportunities through their Community Meetings and Matthews Heritage Museum, showcasing 150 years of Matthews history.
How We Help the Community: The Matthews Historical Foundation owns and maintains 2 local historic landmarks; the 1890 Reid House, which is available for special event rental and the 1880 Massey-Clark House which is home to the museum. By preserving these 2 landmarks and providing ongoing educational programs, we are offering opportunities for the community to know and appreciate Matthews history.
What We Do: Since 1995, the Playhouse has grown from two productions during the school year and one production class in the summer, to a community theatre with a full season of plays and classes year round.
Volunteer Opportunities: There are many volunteer opportunities available at Matthews Playhouse, including ushering for productions, scene shop help, ushering special events, and working behind the scenes. We also have the following active committees: Programming, Development and Marketing, Production and Technology, and Community, Education & Outreach.
Mission Statement: Matthews Playhouse is a community based nonprofit theatre committed to enriching the lives of children, adults, and families by inviting them to participate in the world of performing arts and education. We commit to this mission by ensuring the excellence of our cultural programs for the participation and enjoyment of the people in our community.
How We Help the Community: Our Sponsor-A-Student program provides daytime field trips to performances of our productions free of charge to qualifying Title I schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Union County, and the surrounding communities. Our Courtney Ballard Scholarship Fund makes theatre arts education a possibility for every child. No child has ever been turned away from a class or camp for the inability to pay.
Our Website: www.matthewsplayhouse.com
What We Do: We are a church with a vision adopted by all members: Through Jesus Christ, we will transform the world, one life at a time. Let’s Worship Together! See our website for times.
Mission Statement: Matthews United Methodist is committed to REACH people in the name of Christ, TEACH everyone to be fully devoted disciples of Christ, PRAISE God through worship and in everything we do, and SERVE others, as Christ taught us, to relieve suffering in the world.
How We Help the Community: Our Global Impact Ministry partners with local organizations to provide financial support, donations, and volunteer time to meet the needs of people here in our community.
What We Do: Our focus is on service to the Matthews community. We strive to support and enhance our community through fundraisers and service projects.
Volunteer Opportunities: The Matthews Woman's Club Service League is always looking for new members to share in our vision of helping the community. Dues are $25 per year.
Mission Statement: Our purpose is "to know and understand others better while raising funds to support non-profit organizations."
How We Help the Community: Funds raised through our projects are distributed to local non-profit organizations. In addition, we support our local non-profits with hands-on assistance, attendance at events, promotion of events, and generally lend a hand where needed.
Our Website: www.matthewswomen.org
What We Do: The Vision of the Matthews Rotary Club is to propagate peace, goodwill and harmony among the Matthews and its surrounding environs and to exemplify and promote “Service Above Self” in order that our community might attain the highest degree of perfection in its governance of human, environmental, economic, cultural, spiritual, and political development.
Volunteer Opportunities: We have four avenues of service for our members: community, international, vocational, and club service.
Mission Statement: The Mission of the Matthews Rotary Club is to support and carry out the duties and responsibilities of Rotary International by:
How We Help the Community: Fellowship with professionals from across our community. Giving back to our community, both locally and internationally. Encourage high ethical standards in all vocations
Our Website: www.matthewsrotary.org
What We Do: MDS helps students from middle school through college to identify their unique gifts through testing and counsel. We assist with vocational decisions and direction. We help with discernment regarding a call to ministry or how to use their chosen vocation (i.e. architect) for ministry purposes. MDS helps pastors and congregations in our community that are in crisis through testing and coaching. MDS helps individuals who are seeking to be ordained, through the entire assessment process. MDS has continuing education classes that we facilitate for our community through workshops, seminars and retreats.
Volunteer Opportunities: We are always looking for volunteers to help in the office with a number of different activities and jobs.
Mission Statement: Ministry Development & Vocational Services, Inc. is an ecumenical body whose mission is strengthening and nurturing the growth of youth, ministry and church leadership. This is done in an effort to cultivate and sustain a strong foundation for a healthy person and healthy functioning ministry.
How We Help the Community: Helping our youth in the community through discernment and vocational decisions. Coaching and counseling pastors, church leaders and congregations in crisis in our community. Doing assessments for those seeking ordination in our community.
Our Website: www.Ministryds.org
Mission Statement: Novant Health exists to improve the health of our communities, one person at a time.
Volunteer Opportunities: Matthews Medical Center volunteers provide an invaluable community service that is appreciated by everyone they encounter. The also enjoy camaraderie with others who share the same interest in serving people in a healthcare setting. We hope you’ll consider joining this special group. No experience is necessary. For more information about the volunteer program at Matthews Medical Center, please call 704-384-6398, or visit Novant Health Matthews Medical Center volunteering.
How We Help the Community: We take our mission to the community: this includes hundreds of programs that serve our patients, our neighbors and our community's most vulnerable citizens. We provide charity and community care, which includes our financial commitment to providing unreimbursed health services regardless of one's ability to pay. Novant Health also sponsors community health education and support groups, partners with other organizations to provide outreach services, including community events and screenings, and participates in medical research and academic health programs. To read Matthews Medical Center’s full community benefit report, please click here.
Our Website: www.novanthealth.org/matthews-medical-center.asp
What We Do: We provide government resources for all people living, visiting and doing business in the Town of Matthews.
Volunteer Opportunities: The Town offers volunteer positions in the public safety departments. The Police Department has a program for young people aged 14-20 called the Explorer Program. Adults may join a Citizen's Police Academy or Neighborhood Watch program. The Fire & EMS Department has a program for teens aged 14-18 called the Explorers. Adults may serve as volunteer Fire & EMS staff.
Mission Statement: The Town's mission is to provide enterprising leadership and services with integrity, teamwork, and excellence that makes Matthews the premier place to be.
How We Help the Community: The Town provides a range of services to ensure the general safety, health and well being of the community.
Our Website: www.matthewsnc.gov
Our Website: www.tpahq.org
What We Do: Turning Point is Union County’s domestic violence services agency. We run a 42 bed shelter for victims of domestic abuse and their children.
Volunteer Opportunities: See Word document.
Mission Statement: Love doesn’t have to hurt. a. Mission Statement: Turning Point is committed to “turning our community away from domestic violence” and providing victims of domestic violence and their dependent children with safe shelter while they learn how to break free from their abuser.
How We Help the Community: When space is available at Turning Point, we shelter victims of domestic abuse from Mecklenburg County/Matthews. Especially when the Mecklenburg DV Shelter is full.
Our Website: www.turntoday.net