Community is in our name for a reason. We are big believers in giving back to our communities and thought we’d share some of the ways we give as a company as well as some of our staff’s personal favorites. Building stronger communities is at the heart of what we do every day but it always beats a little louder this time of year.
Did you know that while you’re adding all those holiday items to your cart – if you sign-up for AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated by Amazon (at no cost to you) to the charity of your choice?
It’s easy to activate and you still receive the same prices on products, selection etc.
Also, a reminder to ask your school’s teachers if they have a wish list – many times you can ship it directly to the school. Easy peasy!
Get started here.
FeedNC is definitely a favorite of the CSI team. Established in 1987, FeedNC, stands for food, education, essentials, dignity.
It’s a food-focused resource that seeks to end the cycle of hunger and poverty through programs and creating opportunities for those in need.
FeedNC puts your generosity into action whether you contribute your time, help create upward economic mobility opportunities, share your space as a community partner, or donate food.
Found out how here.
HEARTS & HANDS
This is another wonderful organization in the area that is helping combat food insecurity.
As one of the only fully independent food pantries in North Carolina, their services are easily accessible and low-barrier so that anyone can get the help they need, for as long as they need.
Found out how you can offer a hand here.
NORTH CAROLINA HOLIDAY HEROES
The North Carolina section of Youth Villages provides help for children and young people who are experiencing emotional, mental or behavioral challenges, and work to find solutions that strengthen the child’s family and support systems.
You can donate and be a Holiday Hero knowing you’re making a difference in the lives of local youth by helping fulfill their holiday wish lists.
Learn more about how to give here.
LUNCH IS ON ME
Consider calling your school to see if you can help fund your district’s lunch accounts. Depending on your budget you can help the entire school, a grade, or anonymously sponsor an individual student.
Did you know sometimes students who are unable to afford their lunch may be served a different meal which could alert their peers that they are unable to pay? And, the debt follows the student until they graduate!
Many school lunch programs are federally funded, which means by law, they are not able to carry debt forward, and must pay the school nutrition department for any balances due at the end of every school year.
This is a great way to give a little and make a really big impact.
JINGLE BELL RUN – IN SUPPORT OF THE ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION
The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. Donate to the team for the race that takes place on Saturday, December 9 – 9:00 am at Truist Field Support your local CSI team here.