By Bernie Washington
November 15, 2013
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Charlotte Bobcats staff are all about giving back to the community by donating their time, talent and energy. This week, our army of passionate volunteers served meals at the Salvation Army Center of Hope and Urban Ministry Center.
The Salvation Army Center of Hope is Charlotte’s only 24/7 year-round emergency shelter. The 36,000 square-foot facility with 224 beds on-site and 100 beds in satellite locations routinely operates at capacity. On November 12, Charlotte Bobcats staff served breakfast to Center of Hope residents. “This is the second time that I have volunteered at the Center of Hope and both times it has been a wonderful experience,” said Charlotte Bobcats Vice President of Ticket Operations Andrew Shure. “I am amazed at how warm and upbeat the people at the Center are – especially in light of the hardships that they go through on a daily basis.”
More than 600 homeless neighbors visit the Urban Ministry Center daily to eat, enjoy a variety of community programs, receive treatment and connect with housing programs to eventually take steps out of homelessness. Charlotte Bobcats staff had the opportunity to serve lunch to 360 guests of the Urban Ministry Center on November 13. “Our neighbors were truly surprised to see Bobcats staff helping out in the Soup Kitchen,” said Urban Ministry Center Soup Kitchen Director Sandra Smith. “They helped set up the dining room, prepare and serve the food and drinks and carry trays for those who needed help. Engaged, is how I would describe the Bobcats staff who helped to deliver this special meal.”
The Charlotte Bobcats also made a donation of sleeping bags to the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and Urban Ministry Center.
Care. Serve. Repeat.
Past Community Reports:
Nov. 8: Community Report Debuts